Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 15: King Pṛthu's Appearance and Coronation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.15.24

mahad-guṇān ātmani kartum īśaḥ

kaḥ stāvakaiḥ stāvayate 'sato 'pi

te 'syābhaviṣyann iti vipralabdho

janāvahāsaḿ kumatir na veda


mahat — exalted; guṇān — the qualities; ātmaniin himself; kartumto manifest; īśaḥ — competent; kaḥ — who; stāvakaiḥ — by followers; stāvayate — causes to be praised; asataḥ — not existing; api — although; te — they; asya — of him; abhaviṣyan — might have been; iti — thus; vipralabdhaḥ — cheated; jana — of people; avahāsam — insult; kumatiḥa fool; na — does not; veda — know.


How could an intelligent man competent enough to possess such exalted qualities allow his followers to praise him if he did not actually have them? Praising a man by saying that if he were educated he might have become a great scholar or great personality is nothing but a process of cheating. A foolish person who agrees to accept such praise does not know that such words simply insult him.


Pṛthu Mahārāja was an incarnation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as Lord Brahmā and other demigods had already testified when they had presented the King with many heavenly gifts. Because he had just been coronated, however, he could not manifest his godly qualities in action. Therefore he was not willing to accept the praise of the devotees. So-called incarnations of Godhead should therefore take lessons from the behavior of King Pṛthu. Demons without godly qualities should not accept false praise from their followers.

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