Canto 5: The Creative ImpetusChapter 14: The Material World as the Great Forest of Enjoyment

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.14.11

kvacid ulūka-jhillī-svanavad ati-paruṣa-rabhasāṭopaḿ pratyakṣaḿ parokṣaḿ ripu-rāja-kula-nirbhartsitenāti-vyathita-karṇa-mūla-hṛdayaḥ

SYNONYMS

kvacit — sometimes; ulūka — of the owl; jhillī — and the cricket; svana-vat — exactly like intolerable sounds; ati-paruṣa — extremely piercing; rabhasa — by perseverance; āṭopam — agitation; pratyakṣam — directly; parokṣam — indirectly; — or; ripu — of enemies; rāja-kula — and of government officers; nirbhartsitena — by chastisement; ati-vyathita — very aggrieved; karṇa-mūla-hṛdayaḥ — whose ear and heart.

TRANSLATION

Sometimes the conditioned soul is very aggrieved by the chastisement of his enemies and government servants, who use harsh words against him directly or indirectly. At that time his heart and ears become very saddened. Such chastisement may be compared to the sounds of owls and crickets.

PURPORT

There are different types of enemies within this material world. The government chastises one due to not paying income taxes. Such criticism, direct or indirect, saddens one, and sometimes the conditioned soul tries to counteract that chastisement. Unfortunately, he cannot do anything.

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