Srimad Bhagavatam 10.78.31-36 - If God is Wrong Then Who is Right (download mp3)
by Shyamcharan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
tvaya brahma-vadho yatha
namnayo ’pi niyamakah
carisyati bhavaḻ loka-
“You have unknowingly killed a brahmana. Of course, even the injunctions of revealed scripture cannot dictate to You, the Lord of all mystic power. But if by Your own free will You nonetheless carry out the prescribed purification for this slaying of a brahmana, O purifier of the whole world, people in general will greatly benefit by Your example.”
niyamah prathame kalpe
yavan sa tu vidhiyatam
The Personality of Godhead said: I will certainly perform the atonement for this killing, since I wish to show compassion to the people in general. Please, therefore, prescribe for Me whatever ritual is to be done first.
dirgham ayur bataitasya
sattvam indriyam eva ca
asasitam yat tad brute
O sages, just say the word, and by My mystic power I shall restore everything you promised him — long life, strength and sensory power.
astrasya tava viryasya
mrtyor asmakam eva ca
yatha bhaved vacah satyam
tatha rama vidhiyatam
The sages said: Please see to it, O Rama, that Your power and that of Your kusa weapon, as well as our promise and Romaharsana’s death, all remain intact.
atma vai putra utpanna
tasmad asya bhaved vakta
The Supreme Lord said: The Vedas instruct us that one’s own self takes birth again as one’s son. Thus let Romaharsana’s son become the speaker of the Puranas, and let him be endowed with long life, strong senses and stamina.
Srila Sridhara Svami quotes the following Vedic verse to illustrate the principle enunciated here by Lord Balarama:
angad angat sambhavasi
atma vai putra-namasi
sañjiva saradah satam
“You have taken birth from my various limbs and have arisen from my very heart. You are my own self in the form of my son. May you live through a hundred autumns.” This verse appears in the Satapatha Brahmana (188.8.131.52) and the Brhad-aranyaka Upanisad (6.4.8).