Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 31: Lord Kapila's Instructions on the Movements of the Living Entities

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.31.25

para-cchandaḿ na viduṣā

puṣyamāṇo janena saḥ

anabhipretam āpannaḥ

pratyākhyātum anīśvaraḥ


para-chandam — the desire of another; na — not; viduṣā — understanding; puṣyamāṇaḥ — being maintained; janena — by persons; saḥhe; anabhipretam — into undesirable circumstances; āpannaḥ — fallen; pratyākhyātumto refuse; anīśvaraḥ — unable.


After coming out of the abdomen, the child is given to the care of persons who are unable to understand what he wants, and thus he is nursed by such persons. Unable to refuse whatever is given to him, he falls into undesirable circumstances.


Within the abdomen of the mother, the nourishment of the child was being carried on by nature's own arrangement. The atmosphere within the abdomen was not at all pleasing, but as far as the child's feeding was concerned, it was being properly done by the laws of nature. But upon coming out of the abdomen the child falls into a different atmosphere. He wants to eat one thing, but something else is given to him because no one knows his actual demand, and he cannot refuse the undesirables given to him. Sometimes the child cries for the mother's breast, but because the nurse thinks that it is due to pain within his stomach that he is crying, she supplies him some bitter medicine. The child does not want it, but he cannot refuse it. He is put in very awkward circumstances, and the suffering continues.

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