Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 2: Dakṣa Curses Lord Śiva

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.2.24

vidyā-buddhir avidyāyāḿ

karmamayyām asau jaḍaḥ

saḿsarantv iha ye cāmum

anu śarvāvamāninam


vidyā-buddhiḥ — materialistic education and intelligence; avidyāyāmin nescience; karma-mayyām — formed of fruitive activities; asauhe (Dakṣa); jaḍaḥ — dull; saḿsarantu — let them take birth again and again; iha — here in this world; ye — who; ca — and; amumDakṣa; anu — following; śarvaŚiva; avamāninam — insulting.


Those who have become as dull as matter by cultivating materialistic education and intelligence are nesciently involved in fruitive activities. Such men have purposely insulted Lord Śiva. May they continue in the cycle of repeated birth and death.


The three curses mentioned above are sufficient to make one as dull as stone, void of spiritual knowledge and preoccupied with materialistic education, which is nescience. After uttering these curses, Nandīśvara then cursed the brāhmaṇas to continue in the cycle of birth and death because of their supporting Dakṣa in blaspheming Lord Śiva.

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