Srimad Bhagavatam 12.06.60-63 - When Insignificant becomes Significant (download mp3)
by Satyanand Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
bahvṛcāḥ saṁhitā hy etā
ebhir brahmarṣibhir dhṛtāḥ
Thus these various saṁhitās of the Ṛg Veda were maintained through disciplic succession by these saintly brāhmaṇas. Simply by hearing of this distribution of the Vedic hymns, one will be freed from all sins.
yac cerur brahma-hatyāṁhaḥ
kṣapaṇaṁ sva-guror vratam
The disciples of Vaiśampāyana became authorities in the Atharva Veda. They were known as the Carakas because they executed strict vows to free their guru from his sin of killing a brāhmaṇa.
yājñavalkyaś ca tac-chiṣya
āhāho bhagavan kiyat
cariṣye ’haṁ su-duścaram
Once Yājñavalkya, one of the disciples of Vaiśampāyana, said: O master, how much benefit will be derived from the feeble endeavors of these weak disciples of yours? I will personally perform some outstanding penance.
ity ukto gurur apy āha
kupito yāhy alaṁ tvayā
mad-adhītaṁ tyajāśv iti
Addressed thus, the spiritual master Vaiśampāyana became angry and said: Go away from here! Enough of you, O disciple who insults brāhmaṇas! Furthermore, you must immediately give back everything I have taught you.
Śrī Vaiśampāyana was angry because one of his disciples, Yājñavalkya, was insulting the other disciples, who were, after all, qualified brāhmaṇas. Just as a father is disturbed when one son mistreats the father’s other children, the spiritual master is very displeased if a proud disciple insults or mistreats the guru’s other disciples.