all the good things of life, and burthened with debt?
Death is preferable to life as regards him who having
enjoyed the wealth of friends through their friendship
for himself, is unable to return their favour.
The religious acts of that man lose their efficacy
who having promised to do an act fails to perform it
and is thus stained with falsehood. One that
is stained by falsehood cannot have beauty, or children,
or power, or influence. How, therefore, can such
a one attain to a blissful state? What ungrateful
man hath ever earned fame? Where, indeed, is
his place, and where his happiness? An ungrateful
person can never win esteem and affection. Salvation
also can never be his. He that is destitute of
wealth is a wretch that can scarcely be said to live.
Such a wretch cannot support his kinsmen and friends.
Unable to make any return for the benefits he receiveth,
he certainly meeteth with destruction. Even I
am that wretch, ungrateful, destitute of resources,
and stained with falsehood, for having obtained my
objects from my preceptor, I am unable to do his bidding.
Having first endeavoured to the utmost, I will lay
down my life. Before this, I never craved for
any thing from the very gods. The deities regard
me for this in sacrificial place. I will go and
seek the protection of Vishnu, the divine Lord of
the three worlds, of Krishna the great refuge of all
who are blessed with protection. Bowing down
unto him, I desire to see that highest of all ascetics,
the Eternal Krishna from whom flow all those possessions
and enjoyments that are owned by both gods and Asuras.’
And while Galava was thus lamenting, his friend Garuda,
the son of Vinata, appeared in his sight. And
Garuda, from desire of doing him good, cheerfully addressed
him, saying, Thou art a dear friend, of mine.
It is the duty of a friend, when himself in prosperity,
to look to the accomplishment of the wishes of his
friends. The prosperity that I have, O Brahmana,
is constituted by Vasava’s younger brother Vishnu.
Before this, I spoke to him on thy behalf and he hath
been pleased to grant my wishes. Come now, we
will go together. I will bear thee comfortably
to the other shore of the ocean, or to the furthest
extremity of the earth. Come, O Galava, do not
“Garuda said, ’O Galava, commanded I have
been by God, who is the cause of all knowledge.
I ask thee, towards which quarter shall I first take
thee to see what lie there? The eastern, the southern,
the western, or the northern, towards which, O best
of regenerate persons, shall I go, O Galava?
That quarter towards which Surya the illuminator of
the universe first riseth; where, at eve, the Sadhyas
engage in their ascetic austerities; where that Intelligence,
which pervades the whole universe first springeth;
where the two eyes of Dharma, as well as he himself,
are stationed; where the clarified butter first poured
in sacrifice subsequently flowed all around; that