Canto 1: CreationChapter 17: Punishment and Reward of Kali

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.17.37

tan me dharma-bhṛtāḿ śreṣṭha

sthānaḿ nirdeṣṭum arhasi

yatraiva niyato vatsya

ātiṣṭhaḿs te 'nuśāsanam


tat — therefore; meme; dharma-bhṛtām — of all the protectors of religion; śreṣṭhaO chief; sthānam — place; nirdeṣṭum — fix; arhasi — may you do so; yatra — where; eva — certainly; niyataḥ — always; vatsye — can reside; ātiṣṭhan — permanently situated; te — your; anuśāsanam — under your rule.


Therefore, O chief amongst the protectors of religion, please fix some place for me where I can live permanently under the protection of your government.


The personality of Kali addressed Mahārāja Parīkṣit as the chief amongst the protectors of religiosity because the King refrained from killing a person who surrendered unto him. A surrendered soul should be given all protection, even though he may be an enemy. That is the principle of religion. And we can just imagine what sort of protection is given by the Personality of Godhead to the person who surrenders unto Him, not as an enemy but as a devoted servitor. The Lord protects the surrendered soul from all sins and all resultant reactions of sinful acts (Bg. 18.66).

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