Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.34

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ŚB 1.16.34

यो वै ममातिभरमासुरवंशराज्ञा-
मक्षौहिणीशतमपानुददात्मतन्त्र: ।
त्वां दु:स्थमूनपदमात्मनि पौरुषेण
सम्पादयन् यदुषु रम्यमबिभ्रदङ्गम् ॥ ३४ ॥
yo vai mamātibharam āsura-vaṁśa-rājñām
akṣauhiṇī-śatam apānudad ātma-tantraḥ
tvāṁ duḥstham ūna-padam ātmani pauruṣeṇa
sampādayan yaduṣu ramyam abibhrad aṅgam


yaḥ — He who; vai — certainly; mama — mine; atibharam — too burdensome; āsuravaṁśa — unbelievers; rājñām — of the kings; akṣauhiṇī — one military division*; śatam — hundreds of such divisions; apānudat — extirpated; ātmatantraḥ— self-sufficient; tvām — unto you; duḥstham — put into difficulty; ūnapadam — devoid of strength to stand; ātmani — internal; pauruṣeṇa — by dint of energy; sampādayan — for executing; yaduṣu — in the Yadu dynasty; ramyam — transcendentally beautiful; abibhrat — accepted; aṅgam — body.


O personality of religion, I was greatly overburdened by the undue military phalanxes arranged by atheistic kings, and I was relieved by the grace of the Personality of Godhead. Similarly you were also in a distressed condition, weakened in your standing strength, and thus He also incarnated by His internal energy in the family of the Yadus to relieve you.


The asuras want to enjoy a life of sense gratification, even at the cost of others’ happiness. In order to fulfill this ambition, the asuras, especially atheistic kings or state executive heads, try to equip themselves with all kinds of deadly weapons to bring about a war in a peaceful society. They have no ambition other than personal aggrandizement, and thus mother earth feels overburdened by such undue increases of military strength. By increase of the asuric population, those who follow the principles of religion become unhappy, especially the devotees, or devas.

In such a situation, the Personality of Godhead incarnates to vanquish the unwanted asuras and to reestablish the true principles of religion. This was the mission of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and He fulfilled it.

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