Understanding the mood of Speaker and Scripture

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.20.16-17 - Understanding the mood of Speaker and Scripture (download mp3)
by Radhika Vallabha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.20.16
marga babhuvuh sandigdhas
 trnais channa hy asamskrtah
nabhyasyamanah srutayo
 dvijaih kalena cahatah

During the rainy season the roads, not being cleansed, became covered with grass and debris and were thus difficult to make out. These roads were like religious scriptures that brahmanas no longer study and that thus become corrupted and covered over with the passage of time.

SB 10.20.17
loka-bandhusu meghesu
 vidyutas cala-sauhrdah
sthairyam na cakruh kaminyah
 purusesu gunisv iva

Though the clouds are the well-wishing friends of all living beings, the lightning, fickle in its affinities, moved from one group of clouds to another, like lusty women unfaithful even to virtuous men.

Srila Prabhupada comments: “During the rainy season, lightning appears in one group of clouds and then immediately in another group of clouds. This phenomenon is compared to a lusty woman who does not fix her mind on one man. A cloud is compared to a qualified person because it pours rain and gives sustenance to many people; a man who is qualified similarly gives sustenance to many living creatures, such as family members or many workers in business. Unfortunately, his whole life can be disturbed by a wife who divorces him; when the husband is disturbed, the whole family is ruined, the children are dispersed or the business is closed, and everything is affected. It is therefore recommended that a woman desiring to advance in Krsna consciousness peacefully live with a husband and that the couple not separate under any condition. The husband and wife should control sex indulgence and concentrate their minds on Krsna consciousness so their life may be successful. After all, in the material world a man requires a woman and a woman requires a man. When they are combined, they should live peacefully in Krsna consciousness and should not be restless like the lightning, flashing from one group of clouds to another.”