Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 83: Draupadi Meets the Queens of Krishna

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 10.83.9


yo me sanabhi-vadha-tapta-hrida tatena

liptabhisapam apamarshtum upajahara

jitvarksha-rajam atha ratnam adat sa tena

bhitah pitadisata mam prabhave 'pi dattam


sri-satyabhama uvaca -- Sri Satyabhama said; yah -- who; me -- my; sanabhi -- of my brother; vadha -- by the killing; tapta -- distressed; hrida -- whose heart; tatena -- by my father; lipta -- tainted; abhisapam -- with condemnation; apamarshtum -- to cleanse away; upajahara -- He removed; jitva -- after defeating; riksha-rajam -- the king of the bears, Jambavan; atha -- then; ratnam -- the jewel (Syamantaka); adat -- gave; sah -- He; tena -- because of this; bhitah -- afraid; pita -- my father; adisata -- offered; mam -- me; prabhave -- to the Lord; api -- although; dattam -- already given.


Sri Satyabhama said: My father, his heart tormented by his brothers death, accused Krishna of killing him. To remove the stain on His reputation, the Lord defeated the king of the bears and took back the Syamantaka jewel, which He then returned to my father. Fearing the consequences of his offense, my father offered me to the Lord, even though I had already been promised to others.


As described in Chapter 56 of this canto, King Satrajit had already compromised himself by promising his daughter's hand first to Akrura and then again to a number of other suitors. But after the return of the Syamantaka jewel, he felt impelled by his shame to offer her to Lord Krishna instead. According to Srila Sridhara Svami, the word prabhave ("unto the Lord") answers any doubt as to the propriety of offering Krishna a bride who had already been promised to others. It is perfectly proper to offer Him everything one owns, and improper to withhold anything from Him.

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