the king still worshipped Hari, the Lord of all the
deities, in the well-known five sacrifices that are
performed five times every day, O slayer of foes!
In consequence of these adorations, Narayana, otherwise
called Hari, became highly pleased with him who thus
showed himself to be entirely devoted to Him, by wholly
relying upon Him as his sole refuge, and who had completely
subjugated his senses. The illustrious Vishnu,
that giver of boons, then addressing Garuda of great
speed, that foremost of birds, who waited upon Him
as his servant, said these desirable words:—O
foremost of birds, O thou that art highly blessed,
listen to what I say! There is a great king of
the name of Vasu who is of righteous soul and rigid
vows. Through the wrath of the Brahmanas, he
has fallen into a pit of the Earth. The Brahmans,
have been sufficiently honoured (for their curse has
fructified). Do thou go to that king now.
At my command, O Garuda, go to that foremost of kings,
., Uparichara who is now dwelling in a whole
of the Earth and incapable of any longer sailing through
the sky, and bring him up without delay into the welkin.
Hearing these words of Vishnu, Garuda, spreading his
wings and rushing with the speed of the wind, entered
that hole in the Earth in which king Vasu was living.
Suddenly taking the king up, the son of Vinata soared
into the sky and there released the king from his
beaks. At that moment, king Uparichara once more
acquired his celestial form and re-entered the region
of Brahman. It was in this way, O son of Kunti,
that great king first fell down through the curse of
the Brahmanas for a fault of speech, and once more
ascended to heaven at the command of the great God
(Vishnu). Only the puissant Lord Hari, that foremost
of all Beings, was devoutly worshipped by him.
It was for this devout worship that the king succeeded
very soon in escaping from the curse denounced upon
him by the Brahmanas and in regaining the felicitous
regions of Brahman.
“Bhishma continued, ’I have thus told
thee everything respecting the origin of the spiritual
sons of Brahman. Listen to me with undivided
attention, for I shall now narrate to thee how the
celestial Rishi Narada proceeded in days of yore to
“Bhishma said, ’Arrived at the spacious
realm called White Island, the illustrious Rishi beheld
those same white men possessed of lunar splendour
(of whom I have already spoken to thee). Worshipped
by them, the Rishi worshipped them in return by bending
his head and reverencing them in his mind. Desirous
of beholding Narayana, he began to reside there, attentively
engaged in the silent recitation of mantras, sacred
to him, and observant of vows of the most difficult
kind, with concentrated mind, the regenerate Rishi,
with arms upraised, stood in Yoga, and then sang the
following hymn unto the Lord of the universe, Him,
viz., who is at once the soul of attributes and
divested of all attributes.