Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.03-04 - Words can Change the World (download mp3)
by Mukunda Mala Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
na tathā tapyate viddhaḥ
pumān bāṇais tu marma-gaiḥ
yathā tudanti marma-sthā
hy asatāṁ paruṣeṣavaḥ
Sharp arrows which pierce one’s chest and reach the heart do not cause as much suffering as the arrows of harsh, insulting words that become lodged within the heart when spoken by uncivilized men.
kathayanti mahat puṇyam
tam ahaṁ varṇayiṣyāmi
My dear Uddhava, in this regard a most pious story is told, and I shall now describe it to you. Please listen with careful attention.
The Lord will now relate to Uddhava a historical account which teaches how to tolerate the insults of others.