Investing Our Mind in Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.44.06-07 - Investing Our Mind in Krishna (download mp3)
by Shyamananda Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.44.6
tad balabalavad yuddham
 sametah sarva-yositah
ucuh parasparam rajan
 sanukampa varuthasah

My dear King, all the women present, considering the match an unfair fight between the strong and the weak, felt extreme anxiety due to compassion. They assembled in groups around the arena and spoke to one another as follows.

SB 10.44.7
mahan ayam batadharma
 esam raja-sabha-sadam
ye balabalavad yuddham
 raj├▒o ’nvicchanti pasyatah

[The women said:] Alas, what a greatly irreligious act the members of this royal assembly are committing! As the King watches this fight between the strong and the weak, they also want to see it.

The idea the ladies are expressing is that even if the King somehow wanted to see such an unfair match, why should the respectable members of the assembly also desire to see it? These feelings are natural. Even nowadays, if in a public place we find a violent fight going on between a very strong, large person and a weaker, smaller person, we are aroused to indignation. Compassionate women are especially offended and enraged by such unfair violence.