Srimad Bhagavatam 12.06.27 - Living by the Yajna Principle (download mp3)
by Nanda Dulal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
tasmāt satram idaṁ rājan
sarpā anāgaso dagdhā
janair diṣṭaṁ hi bhujyate
Therefore, my dear King, please stop this sacrificial performance, which was initiated with the intent of doing harm to others. Many innocent snakes have already been burned to death. Indeed, all persons must suffer the unforeseen consequences of their past activities.
Bṛhaspati here admits that although the snakes appeared to be innocent, by the Lord’s arrangement they were also being punished for previous vicious activities.