Canto 1: CreationChapter 4: The Appearance of Śrī Nārada

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.4.11

namanti yat-pāda-niketam ātmanaḥ

śivāya hānīya dhanāni śatravaḥ

kathaḿ sa vīraḥ śriyam ańga dustyajāḿ

yuvaiṣatotsraṣṭum aho sahāsubhiḥ


namanti — bow down; yat-pāda — whose feet; niketam — under; ātmanaḥ — own; śivāya — welfare; hānīya — used to bring about; dhanāni — wealth; śatravaḥ — enemies; katham — for what reason; saḥhe; vīraḥ — the chivalrous; śriyam — opulences; ańgaO; dustyajām — insuperable; yuvāin full youth; aiṣata — desired; utsraṣṭumto give up; aho — exclamation; saha — with; asubhiḥ — life.


He was such a great emperor that all his enemies would come and bow down at his feet and surrender all their wealth for their own benefit. He was full of youth and strength, and he possessed insuperable kingly opulences. Why did he want to give up everything, including his life?


There was nothing undesirable in his life. He was quite a young man and could enjoy life with power and opulence. So there was no question of retiring from active life. There was no difficulty in collecting the state taxes because he was so powerful and chivalrous that even his enemies would come to him and bow down at his feet and surrender all wealth for their own benefit. Mahārāja Parīkṣit was a pious king. He conquered his enemies, and therefore the kingdom was full of prosperity. There was enough milk, grains and metals, and all the rivers and mountains were full of potency. So materially everything was satisfactory. Therefore, there was no question of untimely giving up his kingdom and life. The sages were eager to hear about all this.

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