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Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.8.12
kuśa-kusuma-samit-palāśa-phala-mūlodakāny āhariṣyamāṇo vṛkasālā-vṛkādibhyo bhayam āśaḿsamāno yadā saha hariṇa-kuṇakena vanaḿ samāviśati
kuśa — a kind of grass required for ritualistic ceremonies; kusuma — flowers; samit — firewood; palāśa — leaves; phala-mūla — fruits and roots; udakāni — and water; āhariṣyamāṇaḥ — desiring to collect; vṛkasālā-vṛka — from wolves and dogs; ādibhyaḥ — and other animals, such as tigers; bhayam — fear; āśaḿsamānaḥ — doubting; yadā — when; saha — with; hariṇa-kuṇakena — the deer calf; vanam — the forest; samāviśati — enters.
When Mahārāja Bharata wanted to enter the forest to collect kuśa grass, flowers, wood, leaves, fruits, roots and water, he would fear that dogs, jackals, tigers and other ferocious animals might kill the deer. He would therefore always take the deer with him when entering the forest.
How Mahārāja Bharata increased his affection for the deer is described herein. Even such an exalted personality as Bharata Mahārāja, who had attained loving affection for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, fell down from his position due to his affection for some animal. Consequently, as will be seen. he had to accept the body of a deer in his next life. Since this was the case with Bharata Mahārāja, what can we say of those who are not advanced in spiritual life but who become attached to cats and dogs? Due to their affection for their cats and dogs, they have to take the same bodily forms in the next life unless they clearly increase their affection and love for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Unless we increase our faith in the Supreme Lord, we shall be attracted to many other things. That is the cause of our material bondage.
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