|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 36: The Slaying of Arista, the Bull Demon|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.36.19
tat-sutau mṛtyum ātmanaḥ
jñātvā loha-mayaiḥ pāśair
babandha saha bhāryayā
nivāritaḥ — checked; nāradena — by Nārada; tat-sutau — his two sons; mṛtyum — death; ātmanaḥ — his own; jñātvā — understanding; loha-mayaiḥ — made of iron; pāśaiḥ — with shackles; babandha — he bound up (Vasudeva); saha — together with; bhāryayā — his wife.
But Nārada restrained Kaḿsa by reminding him that it was the two sons of Vasudeva who would cause his death. Kaḿsa then had Vasudeva and his wife shackled in iron chains.
Kaḿsa realized that there was no use in killing Vasudeva, since it was Vasudeva's sons, Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma, who were to kill him. According to the ācāryas, Nārada also advised Kaḿsa that if he killed Vasudeva the two young boys might flee and that it was therefore better not to kill him. Rather, Nārada recommended, Kaḿsa should bring Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma to Kaḿsa's capital city, Mathurā.
Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī points out that Nārada did not act inimically toward the great devotees Vasudeva and Devakī when he revealed this information to Kaḿsa. In fact, as explained in the Eleventh Canto, Vasudeva was grateful to Nārada because he was arranging for Kaḿsa's death at Kṛṣṇa's hands, and further arranging for Kṛṣṇa to come and live in Mathurā, where His loving father could associate with Him.
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