Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 89: Kṛṣṇa and Arjuna Retrieve a Brāhmaṇa's Sons

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.89.23

brahma-dviṣaḥ śaṭha-dhiyo

lubdhasya viṣayātmanaḥ

kṣatra-bandhoḥ karma-doṣāt

pañcatvaḿ me gato 'rbhakaḥ


brahma — against brāhmaṇas; dviṣaḥ — hateful; śaṭha — duplicitous; dhiyaḥ — whose mentality; lubdhasya — avaricious; viṣaya-ātmanaḥ — addicted to sense gratification; kṣatra-bandhoḥ — of an unqualified kṣatriya; karmain the performance of duties; doṣāt — because of discrepancies; pañcatvam — death; me — my; gataḥ — met; arbhakaḥ — son.


[The brāhmaṇa said:] This duplicitous, greedy enemy of brāhmaṇas, this unqualified ruler addicted to sense pleasure, has caused my son's death by some discrepancies in the execution of his duties.


Presuming that he himself had done nothing to cause his son's death, the brāhmaṇa thought it reasonable to blame King Ugrasena. In the Vedic social system, the monarch is considered responsible for everything occurring in his kingdom, good or bad. Even in a democracy, a manager who takes charge of some group or project should accept personal responsibility for any failure rather than, as is so common today, trying to place the blame on his subordinates or superiors.

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