|Canto 12: The Age of Deterioration||Chapter 3: The Bhūmi-gītā|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 12.3.35
paṇayiṣyanti vai kṣudrāḥ
anāpady api maḿsyante
vārtāḿ sādhu jugupsitām
paṇayiṣyanti — will engage in commerce; vai — indeed; kṣudrāḥ — petty; kirāṭāḥ — the merchants; kūṭa-kāriṇaḥ — indulging in cheating; anāpadi — when there is no emergency; api — even; maḿsyante — people will consider; vārtām — an occupation; sādhu — good; jugupsitām — which is actually contemptible.
Businessmen will engage in petty commerce and earn their money by cheating. Even when there is no emergency, people will consider any degraded occupation quite acceptable.
Although other occupations are available, people do not hesitate to work in coal mines, slaughterhouses, steel mills, deserts, floating oil rigs, submarines and other equally abominable situations. As also mentioned here, businessmen will consider cheating and lying to be a perfectly respectable way to do business. These are all symptoms of the age of Kali.
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