Lord's Activities Cannot Be Imitated

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.09.30 - Lord's Activities Cannot Be Imitated (download mp3)
by Pankajanghri Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 9.9.30
so 'yam brahmarsi-varyas te
rajarsi-pravarad vibho
katham arhati dharma-jña
vadham pitur ivatmajah

My lord, you are completely aware of the religious principles. As a son never deserves to be killed by his father, here is a brahmana who should be protected by the king, and never killed. How does he deserve to be killed by a rajarsi like you?

The word rajarsi refers to a king who behaves like a rsi, or sage. Such a king is also called naradeva because he is considered a representative of the Supreme Lord. Because his duty is to rule the kingdom to maintain brahminical culture, he never desires to kill a brahmana. Generally, a brahmana, woman, child, old man or cow is never regarded as punishable. Thus the wife of the brahmana requested the King to refrain from this sinful act.