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SB 10.68.9-10

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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

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visphūrjya ruciraṁ cāpaṁ
sarvān vivyādha sāyakaiḥ
karṇādīn ṣaḍ rathān vīras
tāvadbhir yugapat pṛthak
caturbhiś caturo vāhān
ekaikena ca sārathīn
rathinaś ca maheṣvāsāṁs
tasya tat te 'bhyapūjayan


visphūrjya—twanging; ruciram—attractive; cāpam—his bow; sarvān—all of them; vivyādha—he pierced; sāyakaiḥ—with his arrows; karṇa-ādīn—Karṇa and the others; ṣaṭ—six; rathān—the chariots; vīraḥ—the hero, Sāmba; tāvadbhiḥ—with as many; yugapat—simultaneously; pṛthak—each individually; caturbhiḥ—with four (arrows); caturaḥ—the four; vāhān—horses (of each chariot); eka-ekena—with one each; ca—and; sārathīn—the chariot drivers; rathinaḥ—the warriors commanding the chariots; ca—and; mahā-iṣu-āsān—great bowmen; tasya—his; tat—that; te—they; abhyapūjayan—honored.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Twanging his wonderful bow, heroic Sāmba struck with arrows the six warriors headed by Karṇa. He pierced the six chariots with as many arrows, each team of four horses with four arrows, and each chariot driver with a single arrow, and he similarly struck the great bowmen who commanded the chariots. The enemy warriors congratulated Sāmba for this display of prowess.


Śrīla Prabhupāda comments, "While Sāmba was so diligently fighting alone with the six great warriors, they all appreciated the inconceivable potency of the boy. Even in the midst of fighting, they admitted frankly that this boy Sāmba was wonderful."

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