|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 64: The Deliverance of King Nṛga|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.64.34
hinasti viṣam attāraḿ
vahnir adbhiḥ praśāmyati
kulaḿ sa-mūlaḿ dahati
hinasti — destroys; viṣam — poison; attāram — the one who ingests; vahniḥ — fire; adbhiḥ — with water; praśāmyati — is extinguished; kulam — one's family; sa-mūlam — to the root; dahati — burns; brahma-sva — a brāhmaṇa's property; araṇi — whose kindling wood; pāvakaḥ — the fire.
Poison kills only the person who ingests it, and an ordinary fire may be extinguished with water. But the fire generated from the kindling wood of a brāhmaṇa's property burns the thief's entire family down to the root.
Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī compares the fire ignited by stealing a brāhmaṇa's property to the fire that blazes within the cavity of an old tree. Such a fire cannot be put out even with the water of numerous rainfalls. Rather, it burns the whole tree from within, all the way down to the roots in the ground. Similarly, the fire ignited by stealing a brāhmaṇa's property is the most deadly and should be avoided at all costs.
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