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SB 10.44.5

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


utthāpanair unnayanaiś
cālanaiḥ sthāpanair api
parasparaṁ jigīṣantāv
apacakratur ātmanaḥ


utthāpanaiḥ—with lifting up; unnayanaiḥ—carrying; cālanaiḥ—pushing away; sthāpanaiḥ—holding stationary; api—also; parasparam—each other; jigīṣantau—wanting victory; apacakratuḥ—they harmed; ātmanaḥ—(even) themselves.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Forcefully lifting and carrying each other, pushing each other away and holding each other down, the fighters hurt even their own bodies in their great eagerness for victory.


Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī explains that although Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma did not, of course, harm Themselves, it appeared that way to Cāṇūra, Muṣṭika and others of mundane vision. In other words, the Lords were fully absorbed in the pastime of being wrestlers.

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