Canto 11: General HistoryChapter 23: The Song of the Avantī Brāhmaṇa.

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.23.27

kiḿ dhanair dhana-dair kiḿ

kāmair kāma-dair uta

mṛtyunā grasyamānasya

karmabhir vota janma-daiḥ


kim — of what use; dhanaiḥare different kinds of wealth; dhana-daiḥ — the givers of wealth; — or; kim — what is the use; kāmaiḥ — of the objects of sense gratification; — or; kāma-daiḥ — those who give such sense gratification; uta — or; mṛtyunā — by death; grasyamānasya — for one who is being seized; karmabhiḥ — by fruitive activities; uta — or else; janma-daiḥ — which give him his next birth.


For one who is in the grips of death, what is the use of wealth or those who offer it, sense gratification or those who offer it, or, for that matter, any type of fruitive activity, which simply causes one to again take birth in the material world?

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