Going Beyond Karma Kand
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.64.30-33 - Going Beyond Karma Kand (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Radhapati Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
ity uktva tam parikramya
padau sprstva sva-maulina
aruhat pasyatam nrnam
Having spoken thus, Maharaja Nrga circumambulated Lord Krsna and touched his crown to the Lord’s feet. Granted permission to depart, King Nrga then boarded a wonderful celestial airplane as all the people present looked on.
krsnah parijanam praha
The Supreme Personality of Godhead — Lord Krsna, the son of Devaki — who is especially devoted to the brahmanas and who embodies the essence of religion, then spoke to His personal associates and thus instructed the royal class in general.
durjaram bata brahma-svam
bhuktam agner manag api
tejiyaso ’pi kim uta
[Lord Krsna said:] How indigestible is the property of a brahmana, even when enjoyed just slightly and by one more potent than fire! What then to speak of kings who try to enjoy it, presuming themselves lords.
Even those made powerful by austerity, mystic yoga and so on cannot enjoy property stolen from a brahmana, and what to speak of others.
naham halahalam manye
visam yasya pratikriya
brahma-svam hi visam proktam
nasya pratividhir bhuvi
I do not consider halahala to be real poison, because it has an antidote. But a brahmana’s property, when stolen, can truly be called poison, for it has no antidote in this world.
One who takes a brahmana’s property, thinking to enjoy it, has actually taken the most deadly poison.