Canto 4: The Creation of the Fourth Order
Personal pastimes involving infamous demigods like Lord Brahma and Lord Siva as well as the transcendental sage and spaceman Narada Muni and his musical vina. ¶
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Genealogical Table of the Daughters of Manuplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.1: Genealogical Table of the Daughters of Manu
Genealogical Table of the Daughters of Manu
SB 4.1.1Śrī Maitreya said: Svāyambhuva Manu begot three daughters in his wife Śatarūpā, and their names were Ākūti, Devahūti and Prasūti.SB 4.1.2Ākūti 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.
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Dakṣa Curses Lord Śiva
SB 4.2.1Vidura inquired: Why was Dakṣa, who was so affectionate towards his daughter, envious of Lord Śiva, who is the best among the gentle? Why did he neglect his daughter Satī?SB 4.2.2Lord Śiva, the spiritual master of the entire world, is free from enmity, is a peaceful personality, and is always satisfied in himself. He is the greatest among the demigods. How is it possible that Dakṣa could be inimical towards such an auspicious personality?
Talks Between Lord Śiva and Satīplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.3: Talks Between Lord Śiva and Satī
Talks Between Lord Śiva and Satī
SB 4.3.1Maitreya continued: In this manner the tension between the father-in-law and son-in-law, Dakṣa and Lord Śiva, continued for a considerably long period.SB 4.3.2When Lord Brahmā appointed Dakṣa the chief of all the Prajāpatis, the progenitors of population, Dakṣa became very much puffed up.
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Satī Quits Her Body
SB 4.4.1The sage Maitreya said: Lord Śiva was silent after speaking to Satī, seeing her between decisions. Satī was very much anxious to see her relatives at her father’s house, but at the same time she was afraid of Lord Śiva
Frustration of the Sacrifice of Dakṣaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.5: Frustration of the Sacrifice of Dakṣa
Frustration of the Sacrifice of Dakṣa
SB 4.5.1Maitreya said: When Lord Śiva heard from Nārada that Satī, his wife, was now dead because of Prajāpati Dakṣa’s insult to her and that his soldiers had been driven away by the Ṛbhu demigods, he became greatly angry.
Brahmā Satisfies Lord Śivaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.6: Brahmā Satisfies Lord Śiva
Brahmā Satisfies Lord Śiva
SB 4.6.1-2All the priests and other members of the sacrificial assembly and all the demigods, having been defeated by the soldiers of Lord Śiva and injured by weapons like tridents and swords, approached Lord Brahmā with great fear. After offering him obeisances, they began to speak in detail of all the events which had taken place.
The Sacrifice Performed by Dakṣaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.7: The Sacrifice Performed by Dakṣa
The Sacrifice Performed by Dakṣa
SB 4.7.1The sage Maitreya said: O mighty-armed Vidura, Lord Śiva, being thus pacified by the words of Lord Brahmā, spoke as follows in answer to Lord Brahmā’s request.SB 4.7.2Lord Śiva said: My dear father, Brahmā, I do not mind the offenses created by the demigods. Because these demigods are childish and less intelligent, I do not take a serious view of their offenses, and I have punished them only in order to right them.
Dhruva Mahārāja Leaves Home for the Forestplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.8: Dhruva Mahārāja Leaves Home for the Forest
Dhruva Mahārāja Leaves Home for the Forest
SB 4.8.1The great sage Maitreya said: The four great Kumāra sages headed by Sanaka, as well as Nārada, Ṛbhu, Haṁsa, Aruṇi and Yati, all sons of Brahmā, did not live at home, but became ūrdhva-retā, or naiṣṭhika-brahmacārīs, unadulterated celibates.
Dhruva Mahārāja Returns Homeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.9: Dhruva Mahārāja Returns Home
Dhruva Mahārāja Returns Home
SB 4.9.1The great sage Maitreya told Vidura: When the demigods were thus reassured by the Personality of Godhead, they were freed from all fears, and after offering their obeisances, they returned to their heavenly planets. Then the Lord, who is nondifferent from the Sahasraśīrṣā incarnation, got on the back of Garuḍa, who carried Him to the Madhuvana Forest to see His servant Dhruva.
Dhruva Mahārāja's Fight With the Yakṣasplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.10: Dhruva Mahārāja’s Fight With the Yakṣas
Dhruva Mahārāja’s Fight With the Yakṣas
SB 4.10.1The great sage Maitreya said: My dear Vidura, thereafter Dhruva Mahārāja married the daughter of Prajāpati Śiśumāra, whose name was Bhrami, and two sons named Kalpa and Vatsara were born of her.
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Svāyambhuva Manu Advises Dhruva Mahārāja to Stop Fighting
SB 4.11.1Śrī Maitreya said: My dear Vidura, when Dhruva Mahārāja heard the encouraging words of the great sages, he performed the ācamana by touching water and then took up his arrow made by Lord Nārāyaṇa and fixed it upon his bow.
Dhruva Mahārāja Goes Back to Godheadplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.12: Dhruva Mahārāja Goes Back to Godhead
Dhruva Mahārāja Goes Back to Godhead
SB 4.12.1The great sage Maitreya said: My dear Vidura, Dhruva Mahārāja’s anger subsided, and he completely ceased killing Yakṣas. When Kuvera, the most blessed master of the treasury, learned this news, he appeared before Dhruva. While being worshiped by Yakṣas, Kinnaras and Cāraṇas, he spoke to Dhruva Mahārāja, who stood before him with folded hands.
Description of the Descendants of Dhruva Mahārājaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.13: Description of the Descendants of Dhruva Mahārāja
Description of the Descendants of Dhruva Mahārāja
SB 4.13.1Sūta Gosvāmī, continuing to speak to all the ṛṣis, headed by Śaunaka, said: After hearing Maitreya Ṛṣi describe Dhruva Mahārāja
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The Story of King Vena
SB 4.14.1The great sage Maitreya continued: O great hero Vidura, the great sages, headed by Bhṛgu, were always thinking of the welfare of the people in general. When they saw that in the absence of King Aṅga there was no one to protect the interests of the people, they understood that without a ruler the people would become independent and nonregulated.
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King Pṛthu’s Appearance and Coronation
SB 4.15.1The great sage Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, thus the brāhmaṇas and the great sages again churned the two arms of King Vena’s dead body. As a result a male and female couple came out of his arms.
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Praise of King Pṛthu by the Professional Reciters
SB 4.16.1The great sage Maitreya continued: While King Pṛthu thus spoke, the humility of his nectarean speeches pleased the reciters very much. Then again they continued to praise the King highly with exalted prayers, as they had been instructed by the great sages.
Mahārāja Pṛthu Becomes Angry at the Earthplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.17: Mahārāja Pṛthu Becomes Angry at the Earth
Mahārāja Pṛthu Becomes Angry at the Earth
SB 4.17.14---SB 4.17.1The great sage Maitreya continued: In this way the reciters who were glorifying Mahārāja Pṛthu readily described his qualities and chivalrous activities. At the end, Mahārāja Pṛthu offered them various presentations with all due respect and worshiped them adequately.
Pṛthu Mahārāja Milks the Earth Planetplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.18: Pṛthu Mahārāja Milks the Earth Planet
Pṛthu Mahārāja Milks the Earth Planet
SB 4.18.1The great saint Maitreya continued to address Vidura: My dear Vidura, at that time, after the planet earth finished her prayers, King Pṛthu was still not pacified, and his lips trembled in great anger. Although the planet earth was frightened, she made up her mind and began to speak as follows in order to convince the King.
King Pṛthu's One Hundred Horse Sacrificesplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.19: King Pṛthu’s One Hundred Horse Sacrifices
King Pṛthu’s One Hundred Horse Sacrifices
SB 4.19.1The great sage Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, King Pṛthu initiated the performance of one hundred horse sacrifices at the spot where the River Sarasvatī flows towards the east. This piece of land is known as Brahmāvarta, and it was controlled by Svāyambhuva Manu.
Lord Viṣṇu's Appearance in the Sacrificial Arena of Mahārāja Pṛthuplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.20: Lord Viṣṇu’s Appearance in the Sacrificial Arena of Mahārāja Pṛthu
Lord Viṣṇu’s Appearance in the Sacrificial Arena of Mahārāja Pṛthu
SB 4.20.1The great sage Maitreya continued: My dear Vidura, being very much satisfied by the performance of ninety-nine horse sacrifices, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Viṣṇu, appeared on the scene. Accompanying Him was King Indra. Lord Viṣṇu then began to speak.
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Instructions by Mahārāja Pṛthu
SB 4.21.1The great sage Maitreya told Vidura: When the King entered his city, it was very beautifully decorated to receive him with pearls, flower garlands, beautiful cloth and golden gates, and the entire city was perfumed with highly fragrant incense.
Pṛthu Mahārāja's Meeting with the Four Kumārasplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.22: Pṛthu Mahārāja’s Meeting with the Four Kumāras
Pṛthu Mahārāja’s Meeting with the Four Kumāras
SB 4.22.1The great sage Maitreya said: While the citizens were thus praying to the most powerful King Pṛthu, the four Kumāras, who were as bright as the sun, arrived on the spot.
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Mahārāja Pṛthu’s Going Back Home
SB 4.23.1-3At the last stage of his life, when Mahārāja Pṛthu saw himself getting old, that great soul, who was king of the world, divided whatever opulence he had accumulated amongst all kinds of living entities, moving and nonmoving. He arranged pensions for everyone according to religious principles, and after executing the orders of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in complete coordination with Him, he dedicated his sons unto the earth, which was consider…
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Chanting the Song Sung by Lord Śiva
SB 4.24.1The great sage Maitreya continued: Vijitāśva, the eldest son of Mahārāja Pṛthu, who had a reputation like his father’s, became emperor and gave his younger brothers different directions of the world to govern, for he was very affectionate toward his brothers.
The Descriptions of the Characteristics of King Purañjanaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.25: The Descriptions of the Characteristics of King Purañjana
The Descriptions of the Characteristics of King Purañjana
SB 4.25.1The great sage Maitreya continued speaking to Vidura: My dear Vidura, in this way Lord Śiva instructed the sons of King Barhiṣat. The sons of the King also worshiped Lord Śiva with great devotion and respect. Finally, Lord Śiva became invisible to the princes.
King Purañjana Goes to the Forest to Hunt, and His Queen Becomes Angryplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.26: King Purañjana Goes to the Forest to Hunt, and His Queen Becomes Angry
King Purañjana Goes to the Forest to Hunt, and His Queen Becomes Angry
SB 4.26.1-3The great sage Nārada continued: My dear King, once upon a time King Purañjana took up his great bow, and equipped with golden armor and a quiver of unlimited arrows and accompanied by eleven commanders, he sat on his chariot driven by five swift horses and went to the forest named Pañca-prastha. He took with him in that chariot two explosive arrows. The chariot itself was situated on two wheels and one revolving …
Attack by Caṇḍavega on the City of King Purañjana: the Character of Kālakanyāplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.27: Attack by Caṇḍavega on the City of King Purañjana: the Character of Kālakanyā
Attack by Caṇḍavega on the City of King Purañjana: the Character of Kālakanyā
SB 4.27.1The great sage Nārada continued: My dear King, after bewildering her husband in different ways and bringing him under her control, the wife of King Purañjana gave him all satisfaction and enjoyed sex life with him.
Purañjana Becomes a Woman in the Next Lifeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.28: Purañjana Becomes a Woman in the Next Life
Purañjana Becomes a Woman in the Next Life
SB 4.28.1The great sage Nārada continued: My dear King Prācīnabarhiṣat, afterward, the King of the Yavanas, whose name is fear itself, as well as Prajvāra, Kālakanyā, and his soldiers, began to travel all over the world.
Talks Between Nārada and King Prācīnabarhiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigSB 4.29: Talks Between Nārada and King Prācīnabarhi
Talks Between Nārada and King Prācīnabarhi
SB 4.29.1King Prācīnabarhi replied: My dear lord, we could not appreciate completely the purport of your allegorical story of King Purañjana. Actually, those who are perfect in spiritual knowledge can understand, but for us, who are overly attached to fruitive activities, to realize the purpose of your story is very difficult.
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The Activities of the Pracetās
SB 4.30.1Vidura inquired from Maitreya: O brāhmaṇa, you formerly spoke about the sons of Prācīnabarhi and informed me that they satisfied the Supreme Personality of Godhead by chanting a song composed by Lord Śiva. What did they achieve in this way?
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Nārada Instructs the Pracetās
SB 4.31.1The great saint Maitreya continued: After that, the Pracetās lived at home for thousands of years and developed perfect knowledge in spiritual consciousness. At last they remembered the blessings of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and left home, putting their wife in charge of a perfect son.
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