Srimad Bhagavatam 01.07.47-48 - Rising to the Level of Forgiveness (download mp3)
by Shubh Vilas Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
mā rodīd asya jananī
rodimy aśru-mukhī muhuḥ
My lord, do not make the wife of Droṇācārya cry like me. I am aggrieved for the death of my sons. She need not cry constantly like me.
Sympathetic good lady as she was, Śrīmatī Draupadī did not want to put the wife of Droṇācārya in the same position of childlessness, both from the point of motherly feelings and from the respectable position held by the wife of Droṇācārya.
yaiḥ kopitaṁ brahma-kulaṁ
tat kulaṁ pradahaty āśu
If the kingly administrative order, being unrestricted in sense control, offends the brāhmaṇa order and enrages them, then the fire of that rage burns up the whole body of the royal family and brings grief upon them all.
The brāhmaṇa order of society, or the spiritually advanced caste or community, and the members of such highly elevated families, were always held in great esteem by the other, subordinate castes, namely the administrative kingly order, the mercantile order and the laborers.
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