Harassing Saints Leads to Hell

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.04.44-46 - Harassing Saints Leads to Hell (download mp3) and (download flv)
by Jagannatha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.4.44
sandisya sadhu-lokasya
kadane kadana-priyan
kama-rupa-dharan diksu
danavan grham avisat

These demons, the followers of Kamsa, were expert at persecuting others, especially the Vaisnavas, and could assume any form they desired. After giving these demons permission to go everywhere and persecute the saintly persons, Kamsa entered his palace.

SB 10.4.45
te vai rajah-prakrtayas
tamasa mudha-cetasah
satam vidvesam acerur
arad agata-mrtyavah

Surcharged with passion and ignorance and not knowing what was good or bad for them, the asuras, for whom impending death was waiting, began the persecution of the saintly persons.

As stated in Bhagavad-gita (2.13):

dehino 'smin yatha dehe
kaumaram yauvanam jara
tatha dehantara-praptir
dhiras tatra na muhyati

"As the embodied soul continually passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. The self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change." Irresponsible persons, surcharged with passion and ignorance, foolishly do things that are not to be done (nunam pramattah kurute vikarma [SB 5.5.4]). But one should know the results of irresponsible actions, as explained in the next verse.

SB 10.4.46
ayuh sriyam yaso dharmam
lokan asisa eva ca
hanti sreyamsi sarvani
pumso mahad-atikramah

My dear King, when a man persecutes great souls, all his benedictions of longevity, beauty, fame, religion, blessings and promotion to higher planets will be destroyed.

Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Tenth Canto, Fourth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled "The Atrocities of King Kamsa."