Canto 2: The Cosmic ManifestationChapter 7: Scheduled Incarnations with Specific Functions

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.34-35

ye ca pralamba-khara-dardura-kesy-arishta-

mallebha-kamsa-yavanah kapi-paundrakadyah

anye ca salva-kuja-balvala-dantavakra-


ye va mridhe samiti-salina atta-capah


yasyanty adarsanam alam bala-partha-bhima-

vyajahvayena harina nilayam tadiyam


ye -- all those; ca -- totally; pralamba -- the demon named Pralamba; khara -- Dhenukasura; dardura -- Bakasura; kesi -- the Kesi demon; arishta -- the demon Arishtasura; malla -- a wrestler in the court of Kamsa; ibha -- Kuvalayapida; kamsa -- the King of Mathura and maternal uncle of Krishna; yavanah -- the kings of Persia and other adjoining places; kapi -- Dvivida; paundraka-adyah -- Paundraka and others; anye -- others; ca -- as much as; salva -- King Salva; kuja -- Narakasura; balvala -- King Balvala; dantavakra -- the brother of Sisupala, a dead rival of Krishna's; saptoksha -- King Saptoksha; sambara -- King Sambara; viduratha -- King Viduratha; rukmi-mukhyah -- the brother of Rukmini, the first queen of Krishna at Dvaraka; ye -- all those; va -- either; mridhe -- in the battlefield; samiti-salinah -- all very powerful; atta-capah -- well equipped with bows and arrows; kamboja -- the King of Kamboja; matsya -- the King of Dvarbhanga; kuru -- the sons of Dhritarashtra; srinjaya -- King Srinjaya; kaikaya-adyah -- the King of Kekaya and others; yasyanti -- would attain; adarsanam -- impersonal merging within the brahmajyoti; alam -- what to speak of; bala -- Baladeva, the elder brother of Krishna; partha -- Arjuna; bhima -- the second Pandava; vyaja-ahvayena -- by the false names; harina -- by Lord Hari; nilayam -- the abode; tadiyam -- of Him.


All demonic personalities like Pralamba, Dhenuka, Baka, Kesi, Arishta, Canura, Mushtika, Kuvalayapida elephant, Kamsa, Yavana, Narakasura and Paundraka, great marshals like Salva, Dvivida monkey and Balvala, Dantavakra, the seven bulls, Sambara, Viduratha and Rukmi, as also great warriors like Kamboja, Matsya, Kuru, Srinjaya and Kekaya, would all fight vigorously, either with the Lord Hari directly or with Him under His names of Baladeva, Arjuna, Bhima, etc. And the demons, thus being killed, would attain either the impersonal brahmajyoti or His personal abode in the Vaikuntha planets.


All manifestations, in both the material and spiritual worlds, are demonstrations of the different potencies of Lord Krishna. The Personality of Godhead Baladeva is His immediate personal expansion, and Bhima, Arjuna, etc., are His personal associates. The Lord would appear (and He does so whenever He appears) with all His associates and potencies. Therefore the rebellious souls, like the demons and demoniac men, mentioned by names like Pralamba, would be killed either by the Lord Himself or by His associates. All these affairs will be clearly explained in the Tenth Canto. But we should know well that all the above-mentioned living entities killed would attain salvation either by being merged in the brahmajyoti of the Lord or being allowed to enter into the abodes of the Lord called Vaikunthas. This has already been explained by Bhishmadeva (First Canto). All persons who participated in the Battlefield of Kurukshetra or otherwise with the Lord or with Baladeva, etc., would benefit by attaining spiritual existence according to the situation of their minds at the time of death. Those who recognized the Lord would enter Vaikuntha, and those who estimated the Lord as only a powerful being would attain salvation by merging into the spiritual existence of the impersonal brahmajyoti of the Lord. But every one of them would get release from material existence. Since such is the benefit of those who played with the Lord inimically, one can imagine what would be the position of those who devoutly served the Lord in transcendental relationship with Him.

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