Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 18: The Battle Between Lord Boar and the Demon Hiraṇyākṣa

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.18.12

tvaḿ pad-rathānāḿ kila yūthapādhipo

ghaṭasva no 'svastaya āśv anūhaḥ

saḿsthāpya cāsmān pramṛjāśru svakānāḿ

yaḥ svāḿ pratijñāḿ nātipiparty asabhyaḥ


tvam — you; pad-rathānām — of foot soldiers; kila — indeed; yūthapa — of the leaders; adhipaḥ — the commander; ghaṭasva — take steps; naḥ — Our; asvastaye — for defeat; āśu — promptly; anūhaḥ — without consideration; saḿsthāpya — having killed; ca — and; asmān — Us; pramṛja — wipe away; aśru — tears; svakānām — of your kith and kin; yaḥhe who; svām — his own; pratijñām — promised word; na — not; atipiparti — fulfills; asabhyaḥ — not fit to sit in an assembly.


You are supposed to be the commander of many foot soldiers, and now you may take prompt steps to overthrow Us. Give up all your foolish talk and wipe out the cares of your kith and kin by slaying Us. One may be proud, yet he does not deserve a seat in an assembly if he fails to fulfill his promised word.


A demon may be a great soldier and commander of a large number of infantry, but in the presence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead he is powerless and is destined to die. The Lord, therefore, challenged the demon not to go away, but to fulfill his promised word to kill Him.

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