Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 68: The Marriage of Sāmba

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.68.47

kopas te 'khila-śikṣārthaḿ

na dveṣān na ca matsarāt

bibhrato bhagavan sattvaḿ



kopaḥ — anger; te — Your; akhila — of everyone; śikṣā — for the instruction; artham — meant; na — not; dveṣāt — out of hatred; na ca — nor; matsarāt — out of envy; bibhrataḥ — of You who are sustaining; bhagavanO Supreme Lord; sattvam — the mode of goodness; sthiti — maintenance; pālana — and protection; tat-paraḥ — having as its intent.


Your anger is meant for instructing everyone; it is not a manifestation of hatred or envy. O Supreme Lord, You sustain the pure mode of goodness, and You become angry only to maintain and protect this world.


The Kurus admit that Lord Balarāma's anger was entirely appropriate and in fact was meant for their benefit. As Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī puts it, the Kurus meant to say, "Because You exhibited this anger, we have now become civilized, whereas previously we were wicked and could not see You, blinded as we were by pride."

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