Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 3: The Birth of Lord Kṛṣṇa

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.3.23

śrī-śuka uvāca

athainam ātmajaḿ vīkṣya


devakī tam upādhāvat

kaḿsād bhītā suvismitā


śrī-śukaḥ uvācaŚrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; atha — after this offering of prayers by Vasudeva; enam — this Kṛṣṇa; ātmajam — their son; vīkṣya — observing; mahā-puruṣa-lakṣaṇam — with all the symptoms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Viṣṇu; devakīKṛṣṇa's mother; tam — unto Him (Kṛṣṇa); upādhāvat — offered prayers; kaḿsāt — of Kaḿsa; bhītā — being afraid; su-vismitā — and also being astonished by seeing such a wonderful child.


Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued: Thereafter, having seen that her child had all the symptoms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Devakī, who was very much afraid of Kaḿsa and unusually astonished, began to offer prayers to the Lord.


The word suvismitā, meaning "astonished," is significant in this verse. Devakī and her husband, Vasudeva, were assured that their child was the Supreme Personality of Godhead and could not be killed by Kaḿsa, but because of affection, as they thought of Kaḿsa's previous atrocities, they were simultaneously afraid that Kṛṣṇa would be killed. This is why the word suvismitā has been used. Similarly, we are also astounded upon thinking of whether this movement will be killed by the asuras or will continue to advance without fear.

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