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SB 10.89.43-44

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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

TEXTS 43-44

viprāpatyam acakṣāṇas
tata aindrīm agāt purīm
āgneyīṁ nairṛtīṁ saumyāṁ
vāyavyāṁ vāruṇīm atha
rasātalaṁ nāka-pṛṣṭhaṁ
dhiṣṇyāny anyāny udāyudhaḥ
tato 'labdha-dvija-suto
hy anistīrṇa-pratiśrutaḥ
agniṁ vivikṣuḥ kṛṣṇena
pratyuktaḥ pratiṣedhatā


vipra—of the brāhmaṇa; apatyam—the child; acakṣāṇaḥ—not seeing; tataḥ—from there; aindrīm—of Lord Indra; agāt—he went; purīm—to the city; āgneyīm—the city of the fire-god; nairṛtīm—the city of the subordinate god of death (Nirṛti, who is distinct from Lord Yama); saumyam—the city of the moon-god; vāyavyām—the city of the wind-god; vāruṇīm—the city of the god of the waters; atha—then; rasātalam—the subterranean region; nāka-pṛṣṭham—the roof of heaven; dhiṣṇyāni—domains; anyāni—others; udāyudhaḥ—with weapons held ready; tataḥ—from them; alabdha—failing to obtain; dvija—of the brāhmaṇa; sutaḥ—the son; hi—indeed; anistīrṇa—not having fulfilled; pratiśrutaḥ—what he had promised; agnim—fire; vivikṣuḥ—about to enter; kṛṣṇena—by Lord Kṛṣṇa; pratyuktaḥ—opposed; pratiṣedhatā—who was trying to convince him to desist.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Not seeing the brāhmaṇa's child there, Arjuna went to the cities of Agni, Nirṛti, Soma, Vāyu and Varuṇa. With weapons at the ready he searched through all the domains of the universe, from the bottom of the subterranean region to the roof of heaven. Finally, not having found the brāhmaṇa's son anywhere, Arjuna decided to enter the sacred fire, having failed to keep his promise. But just as he was about to do so, Lord Kṛṣṇa stopped him and spoke the following words.


Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī comments that Arjuna trusted Lord Śiva implicitly as his guru, and so he did not bother to search out Lord Śiva's celestial abode.

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