Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 14: The Story of King Vena

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.14.16

sa te vinaśed vīra

prajānāḿ kṣema-lakṣaṇaḥ

yasmin vinaṣṭe nṛpatir

aiśvaryād avarohati

SYNONYMS

saḥ — that spiritual life; te — by you; do not; vinaśet — let it be spoiled; vīraO hero; prajānām — of the people; kṣema-lakṣaṇaḥ — the cause of prosperity; yasmin — which; vinaṣṭe — being spoiled; nṛpatiḥ — the king; aiśvaryāt — from opulence; avarohati — falls down.

TRANSLATION

The sages continued: O great hero, for this reason you should not be the cause of spoiling the spiritual life of the general populace. If their spiritual life is spoiled because of your activities, you will certainly fall down from your opulent and royal position.

PURPORT

Formerly, in practically all parts of the world, there were monarchies, but gradually as monarchy declined from the ideal life of religion to the godless life of sense gratification, monarchies all over the world were abolished. However, simply abolishing monarchy and replacing it with democracy is not sufficient unless the government men are religious and follow in the footsteps of great religious personalities.

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