Attitude That Helps In Times of Crisis

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.58.15-16 - Attitude That Helps In Times of Crisis (download mp3)
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SB 10.58.15
tatravidhyac charair vyaghran
 sukaran mahisan rurun
sarabhan gavayan khadgan
 harinan sasa-sallakan

With his arrows Arjuna shot tigers, boars and buffalo in that forest, along with rurus, sarabhas, gavayas, rhinoceroses, black deer, rabbits and porcupines.

SB 10.58.16
tan ninyuh kinkara raj├▒e
 medhyan parvany upagate
trt-paritah parisranto
 bibhatsur yamunam agat

A crew of servants carried to King Yudhisthira the slain animals fit to be offered in sacrifice on some special occasion. Then, feeling thirsty and tired, Arjuna went to the bank of the Yamuna.

As Srila Prabhupada often explained, the ksatriyas, or warriors, would hunt in the forest for several purposes: to practice their fighting skills, to control the population of ferocious beasts, who were a threat to human beings, and to provide animals for Vedic sacrifices. The killed animals would be given new bodies by the power of the sacrifices. Since priests no longer have that power, the sacrifices would now constitute mere killing and are thus forbidden.

In the Fourth Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam we find that the great sage Narada severely chastised King Pracinabarhisat for abusing this principle of authorized hunting. In fact, the King had become like modern sportsmen, who cruelly kill animals as a so-called hobby.