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CaptionAfter hearing all that was narrated to him by Sukadeva Goswami, Maharaja Pariksit humbly approached his lotus feet. He told Sukadeva Goswami that by hearing this Srimad Bhagavatam, which perfectly describes the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he had now achieved the purpose of his life and had no fear of any living being, or even of repeated deaths. Pariksit said, "O brahmana, please give me permission to resign my speech and the functions of all my senses unto Lord Adhoksaja (Supreme Personality of Godhead). Allow me to absorb my mind, purified of lusty desires, within Him and to thus give up my life." Granting him this permission, Sukadeva Goswami departed from that place. Maharaja Pariksit sat down on the bank of the Ganges and settled his mind. He meditated upon the Supreme Absolute Truth with full self-realization, free of material attachments and free of any doubts. His life air ceased to move and he became as stationary as a tree. The snake-bird Taksaka, who had been sent by the angry son of a brahmana came toward the king to kill him. The snake-bird disguised himself as a brahmana, approached the king, and bit him. The body of the self-realized saint Maharaja Pariksit was immediately burned to ashes by the fire of the snake's poison. There was a terrible cry of lamentation in all directions. Although lamenting at first, all learned persons soon realized that the great soul had gone back to Godhead, and the demigods played kettledrums, sang and showered flowers.

Painted in 1982.
HeadlineThe Snake-Bird Taksaka Bites King Pariksit
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