Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 49: Akrūra's Mission in Hastināpura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.49.23

puṣṇāti yān adharmeṇa

sva-buddhyā tam apaṇḍitam

te 'kṛtārthaḿ prahiṇvanti

prāṇā rāyaḥ sutādayaḥ


puṣṇāti — nourishes; yān — which things; adharmeṇa — by sinful activity; sva-buddhyā — thinking them to be his own; tam — him; apaṇḍitam — uneducated; te — they; akṛta-artham — his purposes frustrated; prahiṇvanti — abandon; prāṇāḥ — life air; rāyaḥ — wealth; suta-ādayaḥ — children and others.


A fool indulges in sin to maintain his life, wealth and children and other relatives, for he thinks, "These things are mine." In the end, however, these very things all abandon him, leaving him frustrated.


In these verses, Akrūra is giving rather frank advice to Dhṛtarāṣṭra. Those who know the story of the Mahābhārata will realize how relevant and prophetic these instructions are, and how much Dhṛtarāṣṭra suffered for not accepting them. Although one tenaciously clings to his property, in the end all is lost, and the blundering soul is swept away by the wheel of birth and death.

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