Detrimental Effect of Incongruence in Words and Action

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.78.24-26 - Detrimental Effect of Incongruence in Words and Action (download mp3)
by Nanda Dulal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.78.24
yasmad asav iman vipran
 adhyaste pratiloma-jah
dharma-palams tathaivasman
 vadham arhati durmatih

[Lord Balarama said:] Because this fool born from an improperly mixed marriage sits above all these brahmanas and even above Me, the protector of religion, he deserves to die.

SB 10.78.25-26
rser bhagavato bhutva
 sisyo ’dhitya bahuni ca
 dharma-sastrani sarvasah
 vrtha pandita-maninah
na gunaya bhavanti sma

Although he is a disciple of the divine sage Vyasa and has thoroughly learned many scriptures from him, including the lawbooks of religious duties and the epic histories and Puranas, all this study has not produced good qualities in him. Rather, his study of the scriptures is like an actor’s studying his part, for he is not self-controlled or humble and vainly presumes himself a scholarly authority, though he has failed to conquer his own mind.

One might argue that Romaharsana committed an innocent mistake when he failed to recognize Lord Balarama, but such an argument is refuted here by Lord Balarama’s strong criticism.