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    श्रीशुक उवाच नन्दव्रजं गते रामे करूषाधिपतिर्नृप । वासुदेवोऽहमित्यज्ञो दूतं कृष्णाय प्राहिणोत् ।। १०-६६-१ ।।

    Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: O King, while Lord Balarāma was away visiting Nanda’s village of Vraja, the ruler of Karūṣa, foolishly thinking “I am the Supreme Lord, Vāsudeva,” sent a messenger to Lord Kṛṣṇa. ।। 10-66-1 ।।

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    त्वं वासुदेवो भगवानवतीर्णो जगत्पतिः । इति प्रस्तोभितो बालैर्मेन आत्मानमच्युतम् ।। १०-६६-२ ।।

    Pauṇḍraka was emboldened by the flattery of childish men, who told him, “You are Vāsudeva, the Supreme Lord and master of the universe, who have now descended to the earth.” Thus he imagined himself to be the infallible Personality of Godhead. ।। 10-66-2 ।।

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    दूतं च प्राहिणोन्मन्दः कृष्णायाव्यक्तवर्त्मने । द्वारकायां यथा बालो नृपो बालकृतोऽबुधः ।। १०-६६-३ ।।

    Thus slow-witted King Pauṇḍraka sent a messenger to the inscrutable Lord Kṛṣṇa at Dvārakā. Pauṇḍraka was acting just like an unintelligent child whom other children are pretending is a king. ।। 10-66-3 ।।

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    दूतस्तु द्वारकामेत्य सभायामास्थितं प्रभुम् । कृष्णं कमलपत्राक्षं राजसन्देशमब्रवीत् ।। १०-६६-४ ।।

    Arriving in Dvārakā, the messenger found lotus-eyed Kṛṣṇa in His royal assembly and relayed the King’s message to that almighty Lord. ।। 10-66-4 ।।

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    वासुदेवोऽवतीर्णोहमेक एव न चापरः । भूतानामनुकम्पार्थं त्वं तु मिथ्याभिधां त्यज ।। १०-६६-५ ।।

    [On Pauṇḍraka’s behalf, the messenger said:] I am the one and only Lord Vāsudeva, and there is no other. It is I who have descended to this world to show mercy to the living beings. Therefore give up Your false name. ।। 10-66-5 ।।