standard. The head of that mighty-armed hero,
that Lord of all the worlds, will be shaded by many
high-souled snakes of vast bodies. All weapons
of attack and defence will also come to him as soon
as he will think of them. He is called Ananta
(Infinite) Verily, that illustrious one is identical
with the immutable Hari. Once on a time the mighty
Garuda, the son of Kasyapa, was addressed by the deities
in these words, ’Do thou, O puissant one, see
if this one has any end!’ Though possessed of
great energy and might, Garuda, however, failed to
find out the end of this illustrious one who is identical
with the Supreme Soul. Supporting the whole earth
on his head, he resides in the nether regions.
He roves through the universe as Sesha, filled with
great joy. He is Vishnu, He is the illustrious
Ananta. He is the supporter of the earth.
He that is Rama is Hrishikesa. He that is Achyuta
is Ananta, the bearer of the earth. Both of those
foremost of all creatures are celestial and endued
with celestial prowess. One of them is armed
with the discus and the other with the plough.
They deserve every honour and should be seen, I have,
through my kindness for you, have thus declared to
you the nature of Vasudeva. Even this, ye ascetics
possessed of wealth of penances, is Righteousness,
I have declared all this to you so that ye may, with
reverence and care, worship Krishna, that foremost
one of Yadu’s race.”
“Narada said, ’At the conclusion of Mahadeva’s
speech, loud roars were heard in the firmament.
Thunders bellowed, with flashes of lightening.
The welkin was enveloped with blue and thick clouds.
The deity of the clouds then poured pure water like
to what he does in the season of rains. A thick
darkness set in. The points of the compass could
no longer be distinguished. Then on that delightful,
sacred, and eternal breast of that celestial mountain,
the assembled Rishis no longer saw the multitude of
ghostly beings that associate with Mahadeva. Soon,
however, the welkin cleared. Some of the Rishis
set out for the sacred waters. Others returned
whence they came. Verily, beholding that wonderful
and inconceivable sight, they became filled with amazement.
The discourse too between Sankara and Uma had been
heard by them with the feelings. That foremost
of all Beings, of whom the high-souled Sankara spoke
to us on that mountain, art Thou. Verily, thou
art identical with Eternal Brahma. Some time
also Mahadeva burnt Himavat with his energy. Thou
too hast shown us a similar sight of wonder.
Indeed, we have been put in remembrance of that fact
by what we have witnessed today. O mighty-armed
Janardana, I have thus, O puissant one, recited to
thee the glory of that god of gods, viz., him
that is called Kapardin or Girisa!’