manos tu śatarūpāyāṁ
tisraḥ kanyāś ca jajñire
ākūtir devahūtiś ca
prasūtir iti viśrutāḥ
maitreyaḥ uvāca — the great sage Maitreya said; manoḥ tu — of Svāyambhuva Manu; śatarūpāyām — in his wife, Śatarūpā; tisraḥ — three; kanyāḥ ca — daughters also; jajñire — gave birth; ākūtiḥ — named Ākūti; devahūtiḥ — named Devahūti; ca — also; prasūtiḥ — named Prasūti; iti — thus; viśrutāḥ — well known.
Śrī Maitreya said: Svāyambhuva Manu begot three daughters in his wife, Śatarūpā, and their names were Ākūti, Devahūti and Prasūti.
ākūtiṁ rucaye prādād
api bhrātṛmatīṁ nṛpaḥ
ākūtim — Ākūti; rucaye — unto the great sage Ruci; prādāt — handed over; api — although; bhrātṛ-matīm — daughter having a brother; nṛpaḥ — the King; putrikā — get the resultant son; dharmam — religious rites; āśritya — taking shelter; śatarūpā — by the wife of Svāyambhuva Manu; anumoditaḥ — being sanctioned.
Ākūti had two brothers, but in spite of her brothers, King Svāyambhuva Manu handed her over to Prajāpati Ruci on the condition that the son born of her be returned to Manu as his son. This he did in consultation with his wife, Śatarūpā.
prajāpatiḥ sa bhagavān
rucis tasyām ajījanat
prajāpatiḥ — one who is entrusted with begetting children; saḥ — he; bhagavān — the most opulent; ruciḥ — the great sage Ruci; tasyām — in her; ajījanat — gave birth; mithunam — couple; brahma-varcasvī — spiritually very much powerful; parameṇa — with great strength; samādhinā — in trance.
Ruci, who was very powerful in his brahminical qualifications and was appointed one of the progenitors of the living entities, begot one son and one daughter by his wife, Ākūti.
yas tayoḥ puruṣaḥ sākṣād
yā strī sā dakṣiṇā bhūter
yaḥ — one who; tayoḥ — out of them; puruṣaḥ — male; sākṣāt — directly; viṣṇuḥ — the Supreme Lord; yajña — Yajña; svarūpa-dhṛk — accepting the form; yā — the other; strī — female; sā — she; dakṣiṇā — Dakṣiṇā; bhūteḥ — of the goddess of fortune; aṁśa-bhūtā — being a plenary expansion; anapāyinī — never to be separated.
Of the two children born of Ākūti, the male child was directly an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and His name was Yajña, which is another name of Lord Viṣṇu. The female child was a partial incarnation of Lakṣmī, the goddess of fortune, the eternal consort of Lord Viṣṇu.
āninye sva-gṛhaṁ putryāḥ
svāyambhuvo mudā yukto
rucir jagrāha dakṣiṇām
āninye — brought to; sva-gṛham — home; putryāḥ — born of the daughter; putram — the son; vitata-rociṣam — very powerful; svāyambhuvaḥ — the Manu named Svāyambhuva; mudā — being very pleased; yuktaḥ — with; ruciḥ — the great sage Ruci; jagrāha — kept; dakṣiṇām — the daughter named Dakṣiṇā.
Svāyambhuva Manu very gladly brought home the beautiful boy named Yajña, and Ruci, his son-in-law, kept with him the daughter, Dakṣiṇā.
tāṁ kāmayānāṁ bhagavān
uvāha yajuṣāṁ patiḥ
tuṣṭāyāṁ toṣam āpanno
tām — her; kāmayānām — desiring; bhagavān — the Lord; uvāha — married; yajuṣām — of all sacrifices; patiḥ — master; tuṣṭāyām — in His wife, who was very much pleased; toṣam — great pleasure; āpannaḥ — having obtained; ajanayat — gave birth; dvādaśa — twelve; ātmajān — sons.
The Lord of the ritualistic performance of yajña later married Dakṣiṇā, who was anxious to have the Personality of Godhead as her husband, and in this wife the Lord was also very much pleased to beget twelve children.
toṣaḥ pratoṣaḥ santoṣo
bhadraḥ śāntir iḍaspatiḥ
idhmaḥ kavir vibhuḥ svahnaḥ
sudevo rocano dvi-ṣaṭ
toṣaḥ — Toṣa; pratoṣaḥ — Pratoṣa; santoṣaḥ — Santoṣa; bhadraḥ — Bhadra; śāntiḥ — Śānti; iḍaspatiḥ — Iḍaspati; idhmaḥ — Idhma; kaviḥ — Kavi; vibhuḥ — Vibhu; svahnaḥ — Svahna; sudevaḥ — Sudeva; rocanaḥ — Rocana; dvi-ṣaṭ — twelve.
The twelve boys born of Yajña and Dakṣiṇā were named Toṣa, Pratoṣa, Santoṣa, Bhadra, Śānti, Iḍaspati, Idhma, Kavi, Vibhu, Svahna, Sudeva and Rocana.
tuṣitā nāma te devā
tuṣitāḥ — the category of the Tuṣitas; nāma — of the name; te — all of them; devāḥ — demigods; āsan — became; svāyambhuva — the name of the Manu; antare — at that period; marīci-miśrāḥ — headed by Marīci; ṛṣayaḥ — great sages; yajñaḥ — the incarnation of Lord Viṣṇu; sura-gaṇa-īśvaraḥ — the king of the demigods.
During the time of Svāyambhuva Manu, these sons all became the demigods collectively named the Tuṣitas. Marīci became the head of the seven ṛṣis, and Yajña became the king of the demigods, Indra.
priyavrata — Priyavrata; uttānapādau — Uttānapāda; manu-putrau — sons of Manu; mahā-ojasau — very great, powerful; tat — their; putra — sons; pautra — grandsons; naptṝṇām — grandsons from the daughter; anuvṛttam — following; tat-antaram — in that Manu’s period.
Svāyambhuva Manu’s two sons, Priyavrata and Uttānapāda, became very powerful kings, and their sons and grandsons spread all over the three worlds during that period.
devahūtim adāt tāta
bhavatā gadato mama
devahūtim — Devahūti; adāt — handed over; tāta — my dear son; kardamāya — unto the great sage Kardama; ātmajām — daughter; manuḥ — Lord Svāyambhuva Manu; tat-sambandhi — in that connection; śruta-prāyam — heard almost in full; bhavatā — by you; gadataḥ — spoken; mama — by me.
My dear son, Svāyambhuva Manu handed over his very dear daughter Devahūti to Kardama Muni. I have already spoken to you about them, and you have heard about them almost in full.
prasūtiṁ bhagavān manuḥ
prāyacchad yat-kṛtaḥ sargas
tri-lokyāṁ vitato mahān
dakṣāya — unto Prajāpati Dakṣa; brahma-putrāya — the son of Lord Brahmā; prasūtim — Prasūti; bhagavān — the great personality; manuḥ — Svāyambhuva Manu; prāyacchat — handed over; yat-kṛtaḥ — done by whom; sargaḥ — creation; tri-lokyām — in the three worlds; vitataḥ — expanded; mahān — greatly.
Svāyambhuva Manu handed over his daughter Prasūti to the son of Brahmā named Dakṣa, who was also one of the progenitors of the living entities. The descendants of Dakṣa are spread throughout the three worlds.
yāḥ kardama-sutāḥ proktā
procyamānaṁ nibodha me
yāḥ — those who; kardama-sutāḥ — the daughters of Kardama; proktāḥ — were mentioned; nava — nine; brahma-ṛṣi — great sages of spiritual knowledge; patnayaḥ — wives; tāsām — their; prasūti-prasavam — generations of sons and grandsons; procyamānam — describing; nibodha — try to understand; me — from me.
You have already been informed about the nine daughters of Kardama Muni, who were handed over to nine different sages. I shall now describe the descendants of those nine daughters. Please hear from me.
patnī marīces tu kalā
kaśyapaṁ pūrṇimānaṁ ca
yayor āpūritaṁ jagat
patnī — wife; marīceḥ — of the sage named Marīci; tu — also; kalā — named Kalā; suṣuve — gave birth; kardama-ātmajā — daughter of Kardama Muni; kaśyapam — of the name Kaśyapa; pūrṇimānam ca — and of the name Pūrṇimā; yayoḥ — by whom; āpūritam — spread all over; jagat — the world.
Kardama Muni’s daughter Kalā, who was married to Marīci, gave birth to two children, whose names were Kaśyapa and Pūrṇimā. Their descendants are spread all over the world.
viśvagaṁ ca parantapa
devakulyāṁ hareḥ pāda-
śaucād yābhūt sarid divaḥ
pūrṇimā — Pūrṇimā; asūta — begot; virajam — a son named Viraja; viśvagam ca — and named Viśvaga; param-tapa — O annihilator of enemies; devakulyām — a daughter named Devakulyā; hareḥ — of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; pāda-śaucāt — by the water which washed His lotus feet; yā — she; abhūt — became; sarit divaḥ — the transcendental water within the banks of the Ganges.
My dear Vidura, of the two sons, Kaśyapa and Pūrṇimā, Pūrṇimā begot three children, namely Viraja, Viśvaga and Devakulyā. Of these three, Devakulyā was the water which washed the lotus feet of the Personality of Godhead and which later on transformed into the Ganges of the heavenly planets.
atreḥ patny anasūyā trīñ
jajñe suyaśasaḥ sutān
dattaṁ durvāsasaṁ somam
atreḥ — of Atri Muni; patnī — wife; anasūyā — named Anasūyā; trīn — three; jajñe — bore; su-yaśasaḥ — very famous; sutān — sons; dattam — Dattātreya; durvāsasam — Durvāsā; somam — Soma (the moon-god); ātma — the Supersoul; īśa — Lord Śiva; brahma — Lord Brahmā; sambhavān — incarnations of.
Anasūyā, the wife of Atri Muni, gave birth to three very famous sons — Soma, Dattātreya and Durvāsā — who were partial representations of Lord Viṣṇu, Lord Śiva and Lord Brahmā. Soma was a partial representation of Lord Brahmā, Dattātreya was a partial representation of Lord Viṣṇu, and Durvāsā was a partial representation of Lord Śiva.
atrer gṛhe sura-śreṣṭhāḥ
kiñcic cikīrṣavo jātā
etad ākhyāhi me guro
viduraḥ uvāca — Śrī Vidura said; atreḥ gṛhe — in the house of Atri; sura-śreṣṭhāḥ — chief demigods; sthiti — maintenance; utpatti — creation; anta — destruction; hetavaḥ — causes; kiñcit — something; cikīrṣavaḥ — desiring to do; jātāḥ — appeared; etat — this; ākhyāhi — tell; me — to me; guro — my dear spiritual master.
After hearing this, Vidura inquired from Maitreya: My dear master, how is it that the three deities Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Śiva, who are the creator, maintainer and destroyer of the whole creation, became the offspring of the wife of Atri Muni?
brahmaṇā coditaḥ sṛṣṭāv
atrir brahma-vidāṁ varaḥ
saha patnyā yayāv ṛkṣaṁ
kulādriṁ tapasi sthitaḥ
maitreyaḥ uvāca — Śrī Maitreya Ṛṣi said; brahmaṇā — by Lord Brahmā; coditaḥ — being inspired; sṛṣṭau — for creation; atriḥ — Atri; brahma-vidām — of the persons learned in spiritual knowledge; varaḥ — the chief; saha — with; patnyā — wife; yayau — went; ṛkṣam — to the mountain named Ṛkṣa; kula-adrim — great mountain; tapasi — for austerities; sthitaḥ — remained.
Maitreya said: When Lord Brahmā ordered Atri Muni to create generations after marrying Anasūyā, Atri Muni and his wife went to perform severe austerities in the valley of the mountain known as Ṛkṣa.
vārbhiḥ sravadbhir udghuṣṭe
tasmin — in that; prasūna-stabaka — bunches of flowers; palāśa — palāśa trees; aśoka — aśoka trees; kānane — in the forest garden; vārbhiḥ — by the waters; sravadbhiḥ — flowing; udghuṣṭe — in sound; nirvindhyāyāḥ — of the river Nirvindhyā; samantataḥ — everywhere.
In that mountain valley flows a river named Nirvindhyā. On the bank of the river are many aśoka trees and other plants full of palāśa flowers, and there is always the sweet sound of water flowing from a waterfall. The husband and wife reached that beautiful place.
mano varṣa-śataṁ muniḥ
prāṇāyāmena — by practice of the breathing exercise; saṁyamya — controlling; manaḥ — mind; varṣa-śatam — one hundred years; muniḥ — the great sage; atiṣṭhat — remained there; eka-pādena — standing on one leg; nirdvandvaḥ — without duality; anila — air; bhojanaḥ — eating.
There the great sage concentrated his mind by the yogic breathing exercises, and thereby controlling all attachment, he remained standing on one leg only, eating nothing but air, and stood there on one leg for one hundred years.
śaraṇaṁ taṁ prapadye ’haṁ
ya eva jagad-īśvaraḥ
prajām ātma-samāṁ mahyaṁ
prayacchatv iti cintayan
śaraṇam — taking shelter; tam — unto Him; prapadye — surrender; aham — I; yaḥ — one who; eva — certainly; jagat-īśvaraḥ — master of the universe; prajām — son; ātma-samām — like Himself; mahyam — unto me; prayacchatu — let Him give; iti — thus; cintayan — thinking.
He was thinking: May the Lord of the universe, of whom I have taken shelter, kindly be pleased to offer me a son exactly like Him.
nirgatena muner mūrdhnaḥ
samīkṣya prabhavas trayaḥ
tapyamānam — while practicing austerities; tri-bhuvanam — the three worlds; prāṇāyāma — practice by breathing exercise; edhasā — fuel; agninā — by the fire; nirgatena — issuing out; muneḥ — of the great sage; mūrdhnaḥ — the top of the head; samīkṣya — looking over; prabhavaḥ trayaḥ — the three great gods (Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara).
While Atri Muni was engaged in these severe austerities, a blazing fire came out of his head by virtue of his breathing exercise, and that fire was seen by the three principal deities of the three worlds.
apsaraḥ — heavenly society women; muni — great sages; gandharva — inhabitants of the Gandharva planet; siddha — of Siddhaloka; vidyādhara — other demigods; uragaiḥ — the inhabitants of Nāgaloka; vitāyamāna — being spread; yaśasaḥ — fame, reputation; tat — his; āśrama-padam — hermitage; yayuḥ — went.
At that time, the three deities approached the hermitage of Atri Muni, accompanied by the denizens of the heavenly planets, such as the celestial beauties, the Gandharvas, the Siddhas, the Vidyādharas and the Nāgas. Thus they entered the āśrama of the great sage, who had become famous by his austerities.
tat — their; prādurbhāva — appearance; saṁyoga — simultaneously; vidyotita — enlightened; manāḥ — in the mind; muniḥ — the great sage; uttiṣṭhan — being awakened; eka-pādena — even on one leg; dadarśa — saw; vibudha — demigods; ṛṣabhān — the great personalities.
The sage was standing on one leg, but as soon as he saw that the three deities had appeared before him, he was so pleased to see them all together that despite great difficulty he approached them on one leg.
praṇamya daṇḍavad bhūmāv
svaiḥ svaiś cihnaiś ca cihnitān
praṇamya — offering obeisances; daṇḍa-vat — like a rod; bhūmau — ground; upatasthe — fell down; arhaṇa — all paraphernalia for worship; añjaliḥ — folded hands; vṛṣa — bull; haṁsa — swan; suparṇa — the Garuḍa bird; sthān — situated; svaiḥ — own; svaiḥ — own; cihnaiḥ — by symbols; ca — and; cihnitān — being recognized.
Thereafter he began to offer prayers to the three deities, who were seated on different carriers — a bull, a swan and Garuḍa — and who held in their hands a drum, kuśa grass and a discus. The sage offered them his respects by falling down like a stick.
nimīlya munir akṣiṇī
kṛpā-avalokena — glancing with mercy; hasat — smiling; vadanena — with faces; upalambhitān — appearing very much satisfied; tat — their; rociṣā — by the glaring effulgence; pratihate — being dazzled; nimīlya — closing; muniḥ — the sage; akṣiṇī — his eyes.
Atri Muni was greatly pleased to see that the three devas were gracious towards him. His eyes were dazzled by the effulgence of their bodies, and therefore he closed his eyes for the time being.
cetas tat-pravaṇaṁ yuñjann
ślakṣṇayā sūktayā vācā
māyā-guṇair anuyugaṁ vigṛhīta-dehāḥ
te brahma-viṣṇu-giriśāḥ praṇato ’smy ahaṁ vas
tebhyaḥ ka eva bhavatāṁ ma ihopahūtaḥ
cetaḥ — heart; tat-pravaṇam — fixing on them; yuñjan — making; astāvīt — offered prayers; saṁhata-añjaliḥ — with folded hands; ślakṣṇayā — ecstatic; sūktayā — prayers; vācā — words; sarva-loka — all over the world; garīyasaḥ — honorable; atriḥ uvāca — Atri said; viśva — the universe; udbhava — creation; sthiti — maintenance; layeṣu — in destruction; vibhajyamānaiḥ — being divided; māyā-guṇaiḥ — by the external modes of nature; anuyugam — according to different millenniums; vigṛhīta — accepted; dehāḥ — bodies; te — they; brahma — Lord Brahmā; viṣṇu — Lord Viṣṇu; giriśāḥ — Lord Śiva; praṇataḥ — bowed; asmi — am; aham — I; vaḥ — unto you; tebhyaḥ — from them; kaḥ — who; eva — certainly; bhavatām — of you; me — by me; iha — here; upahūtaḥ — called for.
But since his heart was already attracted by the deities, somehow or other he gathered his senses, and with folded hands and sweet words he began to offer prayers to the predominating deities of the universe. The great sage Atri said: O Lord Brahmā, Lord Viṣṇu and Lord Śiva, you have divided yourself into three bodies by accepting the three modes of material nature, as you do in every millennium for the creation, maintenance and dissolution of the cosmic manifestation. I offer my respectful obeisances unto all of you and beg to inquire whom of you three I have called by my prayer.
eko mayeha bhagavān vividha-pradhānaiś
cittī-kṛtaḥ prajananāya kathaṁ nu yūyam
atrāgatās tanu-bhṛtāṁ manaso ’pi dūrād
brūta prasīdata mahān iha vismayo me
ekaḥ — one; mayā — by me; iha — here; bhagavān — great personality; vividha — various; pradhānaiḥ — by paraphernalia; cittī-kṛtaḥ — fixed in mind; prajananāya — for begetting a child; katham — why; nu — however; yūyam — all of you; atra — here; āgatāḥ — appeared; tanu-bhṛtām — of the embodied; manasaḥ — the minds; api — although; dūrāt — from far beyond; brūta — kindly explain; prasīdata — being merciful to me; mahān — very great; iha — this; vismayaḥ — doubt; me — of mine.
I called for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, desiring a son like Him, and I thought of Him only. But although He is far beyond the mental speculation of man, all three of you have come here. Kindly let me know how you have come, for I am greatly bewildered about this.
iti tasya vacaḥ śrutvā
trayas te vibudharṣabhāḥ
pratyāhuḥ ślakṣṇayā vācā
prahasya tam ṛṣiṁ prabho
maitreyaḥ uvāca — the sage Maitreya said; iti — thus; tasya — his; vacaḥ — words; śrutvā — after hearing; trayaḥ te — all three; vibudha — demigods; ṛṣabhāḥ — chiefs; pratyāhuḥ — replied; ślakṣṇayā — gentle; vācā — voices; prahasya — smiling; tam — unto him; ṛṣim — the great sage; prabho — O mighty one.
The great sage Maitreya continued: Upon hearing Atri Muni speak in that way, the three great deities smiled, and they replied in the following sweet words.
yathā kṛtas te saṅkalpo
bhāvyaṁ tenaiva nānyathā
sat-saṅkalpasya te brahman
yad vai dhyāyati te vayam
devāḥ ūcuḥ — the demigods replied; yathā — as; kṛtaḥ — done; te — by you; saṅkalpaḥ — determination; bhāvyam — to be done; tena eva — by that; na anyathā — not otherwise; sat-saṅkalpasya — one whose determination is never lost; te — of you; brahman — O dear brāhmaṇa; yat — that which; vai — certainly; dhyāyati — meditating; te — all of them; vayam — we are.
The three deities told Atri Muni: Dear brāhmaṇa, you are perfect in your determination, and therefore as you have decided, so it will happen; it will not happen otherwise. We are all the same person upon whom you were meditating, and therefore we have all come to you.
bhavitāro ’ṅga bhadraṁ te
visrapsyanti ca te yaśaḥ
atha — therefore; asmat — our; aṁśa-bhūtāḥ — plenary expansions; te — your; ātmajāḥ — sons; loka-viśrutāḥ — very famous in the world; bhavitāraḥ — in the future will be born; aṅga — dear great sage; bhadram — all good fortune; te — unto you; visrapsyanti — will spread; ca — also; te — your; yaśaḥ — reputation.
You will have sons who will represent a partial manifestation of our potency, and because we desire all good fortune for you, those sons will glorify your reputation throughout the world.
evaṁ kāma-varaṁ dattvā
sabhājitās tayoḥ samyag
dampatyor miṣatos tataḥ
evam — thus; kāma-varam — desired benediction; dattvā — offering; pratijagmuḥ — returned; sura-īśvarāḥ — the chief demigods; sabhājitāḥ — being worshiped; tayoḥ — while they; samyak — perfectly; dampatyoḥ — the husband and wife; miṣatoḥ — were looking on; tataḥ — from there.
Thus, while the couple looked on, the three deities Brahmā, Viṣṇu and Maheśvara disappeared from that place after bestowing upon Atri Muni the benediction.
somo ’bhūd brahmaṇo ’ṁśena
datto viṣṇos tu yogavit
somaḥ — the king of the moon planet; abhūt — appeared; brahmaṇaḥ — of Lord Brahmā; aṁśena — partial expansion; dattaḥ — Dattātreya; viṣṇoḥ — of Viṣṇu; tu — but; yoga-vit — very powerful yogī; durvāsāḥ — Durvāsā; śaṅkarasya aṁśaḥ — partial expansion of Lord Śiva; nibodha — just try to understand; aṅgirasaḥ — of the great sage Aṅgirā; prajāḥ — generations.
Thereafter, from the partial representation of Brahmā, the moon-god was born of them; from the partial representation of Viṣṇu, the great mystic Dattātreya was born; and from the partial representation of Śaṅkara [Lord Śiva], Durvāsā was born. Now you may hear from me of the many sons of Aṅgirā.
śraddhā tv aṅgirasaḥ patnī
catasro ’sūta kanyakāḥ
sinīvālī kuhū rākā
caturthy anumatis tathā
śraddhā — Śraddhā; tu — but; aṅgirasaḥ — of Aṅgirā Ṛṣi; patnī — wife; catasraḥ — four; asūta — gave birth; kanyakāḥ — daughters; sinīvālī — Sinīvālī; kuhūḥ — Kuhū; rākā — Rākā; caturthī — the fourth one; anumatiḥ — Anumati; tathā — also.
Aṅgirā’s wife, Śraddhā, gave birth to four daughters, named Sinīvālī, Kuhū, Rākā and Anumati.
tat-putrāv aparāv āstāṁ
khyātau svārociṣe ’ntare
utathyo bhagavān sākṣād
brahmiṣṭhaś ca bṛhaspatiḥ
tat — his; putrau — sons; aparau — others; āstām — were born; khyātau — very famous; svārociṣe — in the Svārociṣa millennium; antare — of the Manu; utathyaḥ — Utathya; bhagavān — very mighty; sākṣāt — directly; brahmiṣṭhaḥ ca — fully spiritually advanced; bṛhaspatiḥ — Bṛhaspati.
Besides these four daughters, she also had another two sons. One of them was known as Utathya, and the other was the learned scholar Bṛhaspati.
pulastyo ’janayat patnyām
agastyaṁ ca havirbhuvi
so ’nya-janmani dahrāgnir
viśravāś ca mahā-tapāḥ
pulastyaḥ — the sage Pulastya; ajanayat — begot; patnyām — in his wife; agastyam — the great sage Agastya; ca — also; havirbhuvi — in Havirbhū; saḥ — he (Agastya); anya-janmani — in the next birth; dahra-agniḥ — the digesting fire; viśravāḥ — Viśravā; ca — and; mahā-tapāḥ — greatly powerful because of austerity.
Pulastya begot in his wife, Havirbhū, one son of the name Agastya, who in his next birth became Dahrāgni. Besides him, Pulastya begot another very great and saintly son, whose name was Viśravā.
tasya yakṣa-patir devaḥ
kuberas tv iḍaviḍā-sutaḥ
rāvaṇaḥ kumbhakarṇaś ca
tasya — his; yakṣa-patiḥ — the king of the Yakṣas; devaḥ — demigod; kuberaḥ — Kuvera; tu — and; iḍaviḍā — of Iḍaviḍā; sutaḥ — son; rāvaṇaḥ — Rāvaṇa; kumbhakarṇaḥ — Kumbhakarṇa; ca — also; tathā — so; anyasyām — in the other; vibhīṣaṇaḥ — Vibhīṣaṇa.
Viśravā had two wives. The first wife was Iḍaviḍā, from whom Kuvera, the master of all Yakṣas, was born, and the next wife was named Keśinī, from whom three sons were born — Rāvaṇa, Kumbhakarṇa and Vibhīṣaṇa.
pulahasya gatir bhāryā
trīn asūta satī sutān
sahiṣṇuṁ ca mahā-mate
pulahasya — of Pulaha; gatiḥ — Gati; bhāryā — wife; trīn — three; asūta — gave birth; satī — chaste; sutān — sons; karma-śreṣṭham — very expert in fruitive activities; varīyāṁsam — very respectable; sahiṣṇum — very tolerant; ca — also; mahā-mate — O great Vidura.
Gati, the wife of the sage Pulaha, gave birth to three sons, named Karmaśreṣṭha, Varīyān and Sahiṣṇu, and all of them were great sages.
krator api kriyā bhāryā
kratoḥ — of the great sage Kratu; api — also; kriyā — Kriyā; bhāryā — wife; vālakhilyān — just like Vālakhilya; asūyata — begot; ṛṣīn — sages; ṣaṣṭi — sixty; sahasrāṇi — thousand; jvalataḥ — very brilliant; brahma-tejasā — by dint of the Brahman effulgence.
Kratu’s wife, Kriyā, gave birth to sixty thousand great sages, named the Vālakhilyas. All these sages were greatly advanced in spiritual knowledge, and their bodies were illuminated by such knowledge.
ūrjāyāṁ jajñire putrā
sapta brahmarṣayo ’malāḥ
ūrjāyām — in Ūrjā; jajñire — took birth; putrāḥ — sons; vasiṣṭhasya — of the great sage Vasiṣṭha; parantapa — O great one; citraketu — Citraketu; pradhānāḥ — headed by; te — all the sons; sapta — seven; brahma-ṛṣayaḥ — great sages with spiritual knowledge; amalāḥ — without contamination.
The great sage Vasiṣṭha begot in his wife, Ūrjā [sometimes called Arundhatī], seven spotlessly great sages, headed by the sage named Citraketu.
citraketuḥ surociś ca
virajā mitra eva ca
dyumān śakty-ādayo ’pare
citraketuḥ — Citraketu; surociḥ ca — and Suroci; virajāḥ — Virajā; mitraḥ — Mitra; eva — also; ca — and; ulbaṇaḥ — Ulbaṇa; vasubhṛdyānaḥ — Vasubhṛdyāna; dyumān — Dyumān; śakti-ādayaḥ — sons headed by Śakti; apare — from his other wife.
The names of these seven sages are as follows: Citraketu, Suroci, Virajā, Mitra, Ulbaṇa, Vasubhṛdyāna and Dyumān. Some other very competent sons were born from Vasiṣṭha’s other wife.
cittis tv atharvaṇaḥ patnī
lebhe putraṁ dhṛta-vratam
bhṛgor vaṁśaṁ nibodha me
cittiḥ — Citti; tu — also; atharvaṇaḥ — of Atharvā; patnī — wife; lebhe — got; putram — son; dhṛta-vratam — completely dedicated to a vow; dadhyañcam — Dadhyañca; aśvaśirasam — Aśvaśirā; bhṛgoḥ vaṁśam — generations of Bhṛgu; nibodha — try to understand; me — from me.
Citti, wife of the sage Atharvā, gave birth to a son named Aśvaśirā by accepting a great vow called Dadhyañca. Now you may hear from me about the descendants of the sage Bhṛgu.
bhṛguḥ khyātyāṁ mahā-bhāgaḥ
patnyāṁ putrān ajījanat
dhātāraṁ ca vidhātāraṁ
śriyaṁ ca bhagavat-parām
bhṛguḥ — the great sage Bhṛgu; khyātyām — in his wife, Khyāti; mahā-bhāgaḥ — greatly fortunate; patnyām — unto the wife; putrān — sons; ajījanat — gave birth; dhātāram — Dhātā; ca — also; vidhātāram — Vidhātā; śriyam — a daughter named Śrī; ca bhagavat-parām — and a great devotee of the Lord.
The sage Bhṛgu was highly fortunate. In his wife, known as Khyāti, he begot two sons, named Dhātā and Vidhātā, and one daughter, named Śrī, who was very much devoted to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
āyatiṁ niyatiṁ caiva
sute merus tayor adāt
tābhyāṁ tayor abhavatāṁ
mṛkaṇḍaḥ prāṇa eva ca
āyatim — Āyati; niyatim — Niyati; ca eva — also; sute — daughters; meruḥ — the sage Meru; tayoḥ — unto those two; adāt — gave in marriage; tābhyām — out of them; tayoḥ — both of them; abhavatām — appeared; mṛkaṇḍaḥ — Mṛkaṇḍa; prāṇaḥ — Prāṇa; eva — certainly; ca — and.
The sage Meru had two daughters, named Āyati and Niyati, whom he gave in charity to Dhātā and Vidhātā. Āyati and Niyati gave birth to two sons, Mṛkaṇḍa and Prāṇa.
prāṇād vedaśirā muniḥ
kaviś ca bhārgavo yasya
bhagavān uśanā sutaḥ
mārkaṇḍeyaḥ — Mārkaṇḍeya; mṛkaṇḍasya — of Mṛkaṇḍa; prāṇāt — from Prāṇa; vedaśirāḥ — Vedaśirā; muniḥ — great sage; kaviḥ ca — of the name Kavi; bhārgavaḥ — of the name Bhārgava; yasya — whose; bhagavān — greatly powerful; uśanā — Śukrācārya; sutaḥ — son.
From Mṛkaṇḍa, Mārkaṇḍeya Muni was born, and from Prāṇa, the sage Vedaśirā, whose son was Uśanā [Śukrācārya], also known as Kavi. Thus Kavi also belonged to the descendants of the Bhṛgu dynasty.
ta ete munayaḥ kṣattar
lokān sargair abhāvayan
santānaḥ kathitas tava
sadyaḥ pāpa-haraḥ paraḥ
prasūtiṁ mānavīṁ dakṣa
upayeme hy ajātmajaḥ
te — they; ete — all; munayaḥ — great sages; kṣattaḥ — O Vidura; lokān — the three worlds; sargaiḥ — with their descendants; abhāvayan — filled; eṣaḥ — this; kardama — of the sage Kardama; dauhitra — grandsons; santānaḥ — offspring; kathitaḥ — already spoken; tava — unto you; śṛṇvataḥ — hearing; śraddadhānasya — of the faithful; sadyaḥ — immediately; pāpa-haraḥ — reducing all sinful activities; paraḥ — great; prasūtim — Prasūti; mānavīm — daughter of Manu; dakṣaḥ — King Dakṣa; upayeme — married; hi — certainly; aja-ātmajaḥ — son of Brahmā.
My dear Vidura, the population of the universe was thus increased by the descendants of these sages and the daughters of Kardama. Anyone who hears the descriptions of this dynasty with faith will be relieved from all sinful reactions. Another of Manu’s daughters, known as Prasūti, married the son of Brahmā named Dakṣa.
tasyāṁ sasarja duhitṝḥ
tathaikām agnaye vibhuḥ
tasyām — unto her; sasarja — created; duhitṝḥ — daughters; ṣoḍaśa — sixteen; amala-locanāḥ — with lotuslike eyes; trayodaśa — thirteen; adāt — gave; dharmāya — to Dharma; tathā — so; ekām — one daughter; agnaye — to Agni; vibhuḥ — Dakṣa.
Dakṣa begot sixteen very beautiful daughters with lotuslike eyes in his wife Prasūti. Of these sixteen daughters, thirteen were given in marriage to Dharma, and one daughter was given to Agni.
pitṛbhya ekāṁ yuktebhyo
śraddhā maitrī dayā śāntis
tuṣṭiḥ puṣṭiḥ kriyonnatiḥ
buddhir medhā titikṣā hrīr
mūrtir dharmasya patnayaḥ
śraddhāsūta śubhaṁ maitrī
prasādam abhayaṁ dayā
śāntiḥ sukhaṁ mudaṁ tuṣṭiḥ
smayaṁ puṣṭir asūyata
yogaṁ kriyonnatir darpam
arthaṁ buddhir asūyata
medhā smṛtiṁ titikṣā tu
kṣemaṁ hrīḥ praśrayaṁ sutam
pitṛbhyaḥ — to the Pitās; ekām — one daughter; yuktebhyaḥ — the assembled; bhavāya — to Lord Śiva; ekām — one daughter; bhava-chide — who delivers from the material entanglement; śraddhā, maitrī, dayā, śāntiḥ, tuṣṭiḥ, puṣṭiḥ, kriyā, unnatiḥ, buddhiḥ, medhā, titikṣā, hrīḥ, mūrtiḥ — names of thirteen daughters of Dakṣa; dharmasya — of Dharma; patnayaḥ — the wives; śraddhā — Śraddhā; asūta — gave birth to; śubham — Śubha; maitrī — Maitrī; prasādam — Prasāda; abhayam — Abhaya; dayā — Dayā; śāntiḥ — Śānti; sukham — Sukha; mudam — Muda; tuṣṭiḥ — Tuṣṭi; smayam — Smaya; puṣṭiḥ — Puṣṭi; asūyata — gave birth to; yogam — Yoga; kriyā — Kriyā; unnatiḥ — Unnati; darpam — Darpa; artham — Artha; buddhiḥ — Buddhi; asūyata — begot; medhā — Medhā; smṛtim — Smṛti; titikṣā — Titikṣā; tu — also; kṣemam — Kṣema; hrīḥ — Hrī; praśrayam — Praśraya; sutam — son; mūrtiḥ — Mūrti; sarva-guṇa — of all respectable qualities; utpattiḥ — the reservoir; nara-nārāyaṇau — both Nara and Nārāyaṇa; ṛṣī — the two sages.
One of the remaining two daughters was given in charity to the Pitṛloka, where she resides very amicably, and the other was given to Lord Śiva, who is the deliverer of sinful persons from material entanglement. The names of the thirteen daughters of Dakṣa who were given to Dharma are Śraddhā, Maitrī, Dayā, Śānti, Tuṣṭi, Puṣṭi, Kriyā, Unnati, Buddhi, Medhā, Titikṣā, Hrī and Mūrti. These thirteen daughters produced the following sons: Śraddhā gave birth to Śubha, Maitrī produced Prasāda, Dayā gave birth to Abhaya, Śānti gave birth to Sukha, Tuṣṭi gave birth to Muda, Puṣṭi gave birth to Smaya, Kriyā gave birth to Yoga, Unnati gave birth to Darpa, Buddhi gave birth to Artha, Medhā gave birth to Smṛti, Titikṣā gave birth to Kṣema, and Hrī gave birth to Praśraya. Mūrti, a reservoir of all respectable qualities, gave birth to Śrī Nara-Nārāyaṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
yayor janmany ado viśvam
manāṁsi kakubho vātāḥ
praseduḥ sarito ’drayaḥ
yayoḥ — both of whom (Nara and Nārāyaṇa); janmani — on the appearance; adaḥ — that; viśvam — universe; abhyanandat — became glad; su-nirvṛtam — full of joy; manāṁsi — everyone’s mind; kakubhaḥ — the directions; vātāḥ — the air; praseduḥ — became pleasant; saritaḥ — the rivers; adrayaḥ — the mountains.
On the occasion of the appearance of Nara-Nārāyaṇa, the entire world was full of joy. Everyone’s mind became tranquil, and thus in all directions the air, the rivers and the mountains became pleasant.
divy avādyanta tūryāṇi
munayas tuṣṭuvus tuṣṭā
nṛtyanti sma striyo devya
devā brahmādayaḥ sarve
divi — in the heavenly planets; avādyanta — vibrated; tūryāṇi — a band of instruments; petuḥ — they showered; kusuma — of flowers; vṛṣṭayaḥ — showers; munayaḥ — the sages; tuṣṭuvuḥ — chanted Vedic prayers; tuṣṭāḥ — pacified; jaguḥ — began to sing; gandharva — the Gandharvas; kinnarāḥ — the Kinnaras; nṛtyanti sma — danced; striyaḥ — the beautiful damsels; devyaḥ — of the heavenly planets; āsīt — were visible; parama-maṅgalam — the highest good fortune; devāḥ — the demigods; brahma-ādayaḥ — Brahmā and others; sarve — all; upatasthuḥ — worshiped; abhiṣṭavaiḥ — with respectful prayers.
In the heavenly planets, bands began to play, and they showered flowers from the sky. The pacified sages chanted Vedic prayers, the denizens of heaven known as the Gandharvas and Kinnaras sang, the beautiful damsels of the heavenly planets danced, and in this way, at the time of the appearance of Nara-Nārāyaṇa, all signs of good fortune were visible. Just at that time, great demigods like Brahmā also offered their respectful prayers.
yo māyayā viracitaṁ nijayātmanīdaṁ
khe rūpa-bhedam iva tat-praticakṣaṇāya
etena dharma-sadane ṛṣi-mūrtinādya
prāduścakāra puruṣāya namaḥ parasmai
devāḥ — the demigods; ūcuḥ — said; yaḥ — who; māyayā — by the external energy; viracitam — was created; nijayā — by His own; ātmani — being situated in Him; idam — this; khe — in the sky; rūpa-bhedam — bunches of clouds; iva — as if; tat — of Himself; praticakṣaṇāya — for manifesting; etena — with this; dharma-sadane — in the house of Dharma; ṛṣi-mūrtinā — with the form of a sage; adya — today; prāduścakāra — appeared; puruṣāya — unto the Personality of Godhead; namaḥ — respectful obeisances; parasmai — the Supreme.
The demigods said: Let us offer our respectful obeisances unto the transcendental Personality of Godhead, who created as His external energy this cosmic manifestation, which is situated in Him as the air and clouds are situated in space, and who has now appeared in the form of Nara-Nārāyaṇa Ṛṣi in the house of Dharma.
so ’yaṁ sthiti-vyatikaropaśamāya sṛṣṭān
sattvena naḥ sura-gaṇān anumeya-tattvaḥ
dṛśyād adabhra-karuṇena vilokanena
yac chrī-niketam amalaṁ kṣipatāravindam
saḥ — that; ayam — He; sthiti — of the created world; vyatikara — calamities; upaśamāya — for destroying; sṛṣṭān — created; sattvena — by the mode of goodness; naḥ — us; sura-gaṇān — the demigods; anumeya-tattvaḥ — understood by the Vedas; dṛśyāt — glance over; adabhra-karuṇena — merciful; vilokanena — glance; yat — which; śrī-niketam — the home of the goddess of fortune; amalam — spotless; kṣipata — supersedes; aravindam — lotus.
Let that Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is understood by truly authorized Vedic literature and who has created peace and prosperity to destroy all calamities of the created world, be kind enough to bestow His glance upon the demigods. His merciful glance can supersede the beauty of the spotless lotus flower which is the home of the goddess of fortune.
evaṁ sura-gaṇais tāta
evam — thus; sura-gaṇaiḥ — by the demigods; tāta — O Vidura; bhagavantau — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; abhiṣṭutau — having been praised; labdha — having obtained; avalokaiḥ — the glance (of mercy); yayatuḥ — departed; arcitau — having been worshiped; gandha-mādanam — to the Gandhamādana Hill.
[Maitreya said:] O Vidura, thus the demigods worshiped with prayers the Supreme Personality of Godhead appearing as the sage Nara-Nārāyaṇa. The Lord glanced upon them with mercy and then departed for Gandhamādana Hill.
tāv imau vai bhagavato
harer aṁśāv ihāgatau
bhāra-vyayāya ca bhuvaḥ
tau — both; imau — these; vai — certainly; bhagavataḥ — of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; hareḥ — of Hari; aṁśau — part and parcel expansion; iha — here (in this universe); āgatau — has appeared; bhāra-vyayāya — for mitigation of the burden; ca — and; bhuvaḥ — of the world; kṛṣṇau — the two Kṛṣṇas (Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna); yadu-kuru-udvahau — who are the best of the Yadu and Kuru dynasties respectively.
That Nara-Nārāyaṇa Ṛṣi, who is a partial expansion of Kṛṣṇa, has now appeared in the dynasties of Yadu and Kuru, in the forms of Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna respectively, to mitigate the burden of the world.
ātmajāṁs trīn ajījanat
pāvakaṁ pavamānaṁ ca
śuciṁ ca huta-bhojanam
svāhā — Svāhā, the wife of Agni; abhimāninaḥ — the presiding deity of fire; ca — and; agneḥ — from Agni; ātmajān — sons; trīn — three; ajījanat — produced; pāvakam — Pāvaka; pavamānam ca — and Pavamāna; śucim ca — and Śuci; huta-bhojanam — eating the oblations of sacrifice.
The predominating deity of fire begot in his wife, Svāhā, three children, named Pāvaka, Pavamāna and Śuci, who exist by eating the oblations offered to the fire of sacrifice.
tebhyo ’gnayaḥ samabhavan
catvāriṁśac ca pañca ca
tebhyaḥ — from them; agnayaḥ — fire-gods; samabhavan — were produced; catvāriṁśat — forty; ca — and; pañca — five; ca — and; te — they; eva — certainly; ekona-pañcāśat — forty-nine; sākam — along with; pitṛ-pitāmahaiḥ — with the fathers and grandfather.
From those three sons another forty-five descendants were generated, who are also fire-gods. The total number of fire-gods is therefore forty-nine, including the fathers and the grandfather.
vaitānike karmaṇi yan-
āgneyya iṣṭayo yajñe
nirūpyante ’gnayas tu te
vaitānike — offering of oblations; karmaṇi — the activity; yat — of the fire-gods; nāmabhiḥ — by the names; brahma-vādibhiḥ — by impersonalist brāhmaṇas; āgneyyaḥ — for Agni; iṣṭayaḥ — sacrifices; yajñe — in the sacrifice; nirūpyante — are the objective; agnayaḥ — the forty-nine fire-gods; tu — but; te — those.
These forty-nine fire-gods are the beneficiaries of the oblations offered in the Vedic sacrificial fire by impersonalist brāhmaṇas.
saumyāḥ pitara ājyapāḥ
sāgnayo ’nagnayas teṣāṁ
patnī dākṣāyaṇī svadhā
agniṣvāttāḥ — the Agniṣvāttas; barhiṣadaḥ — the Barhiṣadas; saumyāḥ — the Saumyas; pitaraḥ — the forefathers; ājyapāḥ — the Ājyapas; sa-agnayaḥ — those whose means is by fire; anagnayaḥ — those whose means is without fire; teṣām — of them; patnī — the wife; dākṣāyaṇī — the daughter of Dakṣa; svadhā — Svadhā.
The Agniṣvāttas, the Barhiṣadas, the Saumyas and the Ājyapas are the Pitās. They are either sāgnika or niragnika. The wife of all these Pitās is Svadhā, who is the daughter of King Dakṣa.
tebhyo dadhāra kanye dve
vayunāṁ dhāriṇīṁ svadhā
ubhe te brahma-vādinyau
tebhyaḥ — from them; dadhāra — produced; kanye — daughters; dve — two; vayunām — Vayunā; dhāriṇīm — Dhāriṇī; svadhā — Svadhā; ubhe — both of them; te — they; brahma-vādinyau — impersonalists; jñāna-vijñāna-pāra-ge — expert in both transcendental and Vedic knowledge.
Svadhā, who was offered to the Pitās, begot two daughters named Vayunā and Dhāriṇī, both of whom were impersonalists and were expert in transcendental and Vedic knowledge.
bhavasya patnī tu satī
bhavaṁ devam anuvratā
ātmanaḥ sadṛśaṁ putraṁ
na lebhe guṇa-śīlataḥ
bhavasya — of Bhava (Lord Śiva); patnī — the wife; tu — but; satī — named Satī; bhavam — to Bhava; devam — a demigod; anuvratā — faithfully engaged in service; ātmanaḥ — of herself; sadṛśam — similar; putram — a son; na lebhe — did not obtain; guṇa-śīlataḥ — by good qualities and by character.
The sixteenth daughter, whose name was Satī, was the wife of Lord Śiva. She could not produce a child, although she always faithfully engaged in the service of her husband.
pitary apratirūpe sve
pitari — as a father; apratirūpe — unfavorable; sve — her own; bhavāya — unto Lord Śiva; anāgase — faultless; ruṣā — with anger; aprauḍhā — before attaining maturity; eva — even; ātmanā — by herself; ātmānam — the body; ajahāt — gave up; yoga-saṁyutā — by mystic yoga.
The reason is that Satī’s father, Dakṣa, used to rebuke Lord Śiva in spite of Śiva’s faultlessness. Consequently, before attaining a mature age, Satī gave up her body by dint of yogic mystic power.