na mat-samah ko 'pi suto jagaty alam
vicarya tad vam abhavam paresvarah
sri-prisnigarbho bhuvi visrutah punar
dvitiya-kale 'ham upendra-vamanah
Thinking, "No one is like Me," I, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, became your son, famous in the world as Sri Prisnigarbha. Then a second time I again became your son as Indra's younger brother Vamana.
tathabhavam hy adyatane parat paro
nitvatha mam prapaya nanda-mandiram
ato na bhuyad bhayam augrasenatah
sutam samadaya sukhi bhavishyathah
Now I, the Supreme Lord, greater than the greatest, have
again become your son. Take Me to Nanda's palace. Don't fear
Kamsa. Take (Nanda's) daughter and you will become happy.
tushnim bhutva haris tatra
tad bhuyah pasyatos tayoh
drisyam hy aprakatam kritva
balo 'bhut kau yatha natah
Sri Narada said: Now silent, Lord Hari became invisible and,
as an actor does, reappeared as an infant on the ground.
prenkhe dhritvatha tam saurir
yavad gantum samudyatah
tavad vraje nanda-patynam
As Vasudeva was placing the infant in a cradle and was about
to depart, goddess Yogamaya was born in Vraja from Nanda's wife.
taya sayane visvasmin
rakshakeshu svapatsu ca
dvara udghatitah sarvah
Goddess Yogam_ya put all the guards to sleep, unfastened the
shackles and locks, and opened all the doors.
nirgate vasudeve ca
suryodaye yatha sadyas
tamo-naso 'bhavat svatah
When, his head decorated with Sri Krishna, Vasudeva left, the
darkness became at once destroyed, as if the sun had suddenly
ghaneshu vyomni varshatsu
asaram saurim anvagat
As the clouds in the sky rained, thousant—headed Ananta Sesha,
His great hoods giving protection from the torrents of rain,
sadyo margam dadau tasmai
kalindi saritam vara
Filled with great waves and whirlpools and (its shores)
filled with lions, snakes, and other wild creatures, the Yamuna,
the best of rivers, gave a path to Vasudeva.
prasuptam sarvatah param
nidhayasu dadarsa tam
Entering Nanda's Vraja, he placed the sleeping infant on
Yasoda's bed and glanced at Yogamaya.
punar gehaj jagama sah
tirtva sri-yamunam saurih
svagare purvavat sthitah
Picking up the infant Yogamaya, Vasudeva left the house,
crossed the Yamuna, entered his prison cell, and became as he had
sutam sutam va jatam ca-
jnatva gopi yasomati
Not knowing whether a son or daughter had been born,
exhausted Yasoda-gopi slept in bed with a sleep of bliss.
atha bala-dhvanim srutva
ucuh kamsaya viraya
Hearing the sounds of an infant, the guards went to the
royal palace and told the warrior Kamsa.
suti-griham tvaram pragat
kamso vai bhayakaturah
svasatha bhrataram praha
rudati dinavat sati
Overcome with fear, Kamsa rushed to the maternity room.
Weeping like the most wretched person, the chaste sister (Devaki)
spoke to her brother (Kamsa).
sutam ekam dehi me tvam
putreshu pramriteshu ca
striyam hantum na yogyo 'si
bhratas tvam dina-vatsalah
Sri Devaki said: Now that my sons are dead, please give me
this one daughter. O brother, it is not right for you to kill a
girl. You are kind to they who are miserable.
te 'nujaham hata-suta
datum arhasi kalyana
kalyanim tanujam ca me
I am your younger sister. You killed my sons and threw me in
a prison cell. O noble one, please give this beautiful daughter
prarthito 'nkad vinirbhartsya
tam sa acicchide khalah
Sri Narada said: Bewildered, and her face covered with
tears, Devaki pleased and tried to hold the child in her lap. The
demon Kamsa rebuked her and grabbed the child.
svasuh sutam sila-prishthe
Then the sinful demon Kamsa, the lowest of the Yadavas, his
friends all demons, holding his sister's daughter by her feet,
threw her against a stone slab.
tvaram sa cambare gata
sata-patre rathe divye
Form Kamsa's hand the girl flew into the sky and entered a
splendid hundred-petal-lotus chariot pulled by a thousand horses.
kamsam aha ghana-svana
He saw her standing on a splendid chariot with moving
camaras. Then Goddess Yogamaya, served by many attendants, her
glorious form splendid as a hundred suns, her eight arms holding
weapons, and her voice like thunder, spoke to Kamsa.
chri-krishno bhagavan svayam
jatah kva va tu te hanta
vritha dinam dunoshi vai
Sri Yogamaya said: Lord Sri Krishna, the original Supreme
Personality of Godhead, is already born. Where is He born? He
will kill you. You torture this poor girl in vain.
ity uktva tam tato devi
gata vindhyacale girau
bahu-nama babhuva ha
Sri Narada said: After saying this, the goddess went to the
Vindhya hills. There goddess Yogamaya assumed many names.
atha kamso vismito 'bhuc
chrutva mata-vacah param
devakim vasudevam ca
mocayam asa bandhanat
At this Kamsa became astonished. Listening to his mother's
words, he released Vasudeva and Devaki from their bonds.
papo 'ham papa-karmaham
kshamadhvam me kritam bhuvi
Kamsa said: I am a sinner. I have done many sins. I am a
demon. I am the lowest of the Yadavas. Please forgive what I have
done in this world. (Please forgive) the killer of your sons.
he svasah srinu me saure
manye kala-kritam tv idam
yena niscalyamano va
O sister, hear me. O Vasudeva, I think this was all done by
time, which, as the wind moves the clouds, moves what cannot be
visvasto 'ham deva-vakye
devas te 'pi mrisha-girah
na janami kva me satrur
jatah kau kathito 'naya
I believed the words of the demigods. The demigods also lie.
She said my enemy is already born on the earth. Where? I don't
ittham kamsas tad-anghryos ca
patito 'sru-mukho rudan
cakara sevam paramam
sauhridam darsayams tayoh
Sri Narada said: Weeping, and his face covered with tears,
Kamsa fell at their feet. He rendered great service to them and
he showed friendship to them.
dana-dakshaih katakshais ca
kim na syad bhumi-mandale
Ah, will the charitable glances of Sri Krishnacandra, the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, not come to the circle of the
pratah-kale tada kamsah
samahuya khalas tebhyo
'vadad uktam ca mayaya
Early in the morning the demon Kamsa called together the
great demons headed by Pralambasura and told them what Yogamaya
jato me hy anta-krid bhumau
anirdasan nidarsams ca
sisun yuyam hanishyatha
Kamsa said: Yogamaya said the person that will bring my end
is already born on the earth. Therefore all of you please kill
all infants, whether they are younger or older than ten days.
sajjasya dhanusho yuddhe
manyase taih katham bhayam
The demons said: When you ready your bow for a fight, the
twang of its string makes the demigods flee. Why do you fear
deva dharmadayah pare
vishnos ca tanavo hy esham
nase daitya-balam smritam
The cows, brahmanas, devotees, Vedas, demigods, and others
headed by the principles of religion, are the limbs of Lord
Vishnu. When they are destroyed, the power of the demons will be
jato yadi maha-vishnus
te satrur yo mahi-tale
ayam caitad vadhopayo
If your enemy Lord Maha-Vishnu is indeed born on the earth
then the way to kill Him is to attack the cows and these others.
ittham mahodbhata dushta
dudruvuh kham gavadibhyo
jaghnur jatams ca balakan
Sri Narada said: Sent by Kamsa, these powerful and sinful
demons flew in the sky. They killed many newborn infants and many
cows and other pious beings.
visantas ca grihe grihe
ceruh sarpa ivabhavan
From sea to sea traveling over the earth and entering house
after house, these demons, who could assume any form they wished,
moved about like so many snakes.
utpatha udbhata daityas
kapih surapo 'li-hato
The great demons sent by Kamsa were far from the path (of
religion). They were like a monkey, or a drunkard destroyed by
drink, or a man possessed by a ghost.
vaideha maithila narendra upendra-bhakta
dharmishtha-mukhya sutapo janaka pratapin
etat satam ca bhuvi helanam anga rajan
sarvam chinatti bahulasva catushpadarthan
O king of Videha, O king of Mithila, O lord of men, O
devotee of Lord Upendra, O first of the pious, O austere one, O
father, O powerful one, in this way (the demons) harassed the
devotees on the earth. O pious king Bahulasva, (the demons) broke
apart the four goals of pious life.