Conceit in a Person Causes Offense

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.54.41 - Conceit in a Person Causes Offense (download mp3)
by Akinchana Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.54.41
rajyasya bhumer vittasya
 striyo manasya tejasah
manino ’nyasya va hetoh
 sri-madandhah ksipanti hi

[Again Balarama addressed Krsna:] Blinded by conceit with their personal opulences, proud men offend others for the sake of such things as kingdom, land, wealth, women, honor and power.

Lord Krsna was originally meant to marry Rukmini. All along this was the best arrangement for all concerned, and yet from the beginning Rukmi had maliciously opposed this beautiful arrangement. When his sister’s desire was finally fulfilled and she was taken by Krsna, he viciously attacked the Lord with vulgar insults and mortal weapons. In return Lord Krsna tied him up and partially clipped his hair and mustache. While certainly humiliating for a puffed-up prince like Rukmi, his punishment was a mere slap on the wrist, considering what he had done.