Glories of Devotional Service Over Karma Kand

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.64.17-21 - Glories of Devotional Service Over Karma Kand (download mp3)
by Shyamcharan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.64.17
tam niyamanam tat-svami
 drstrovaca mameti tam
mameti parigrahy aha
 nrgo me dattavan iti

When the cow’s first owner saw her being led away, he said, “She is mine!” The second brahmana, who had accepted her as a gift, replied, “No, she’s mine! Nrga gave her to me.”

SB 10.64.18
viprau vivadamanau mam
 ucatuh svartha-sadhakau
bhavan datapaharteti
 tac chrutva me ’bhavad bhramah

As the two brahmanas argued, each trying to fulfill his own purpose, they came to me. One of them said, “You gave me this cow,” and the other said, “But you stole her from me.” Hearing this, I was bewildered.

SB 10.64.19-20
anunitav ubhau viprau
 dharma-krcchra-gatena vai
gavam laksam prakrstanam
 dasyamy esa pradiyatam
bhavantav anugrhnitam
samuddharatam mam krcchrat
 patantam niraye ’sucau

Finding myself in a terrible dilemma concerning my duty in the situation, I humbly entreated both the brahmanas: “I will give one hundred thousand of the best cows in exchange for this one. Please give her back to me. Your good selves should be merciful to me, your servant. I did not know what I was doing. Please save me from this difficult situation, or I’ll surely fall into a filthy hell.”

SB 10.64.21
naham praticche vai rajann
 ity uktva svamy apakramat
nanyad gavam apy ayutam
 icchamity aparo yayau

The present owner of the cow said, “I don’t want anything in exchange for this cow, O King,” and went away. The other brahmana declared, “I don’t want even ten thousand more cows [than you are offering],” and he too went away.

In Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Srila Prabhupada comments: “Thus disagreeing with the King’s proposal, both brahmanas left the palace in anger, thinking that their lawful possession had been usurped.”