Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 13: The Behavior of a Perfect Person

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.13.19

kaviḥ kalpo nipuṇa-dṛk

citra-priya-kathaḥ samaḥ

lokasya kurvataḥ karma

śeṣe tad-vīkṣitāpi


kaviḥ — very learned; kalpaḥ — expert; nipuṇa-dṛk — intelligent; citra-priya-kathaḥ — able to speak palatable words that are pleasing to the heart; samaḥ — equipoised; lokasya — of the people in general; kurvataḥ — engaged in; karma — fruitive work; śeṣe — you lie down; tat-vīkṣitā — seeing them all; api — although; — either.


Your Honor appears learned, expert and intelligent in every way. You can speak very well, saying things that are pleasing to the heart. You see that people in general are engaged in fruitive activities, yet you are lying here inactive.


Prahlāda Mahārāja studied the bodily features of the saintly person, and through the saint's physiognomy Prahlāda Mahārāja could understand that he was intelligent and expert, although he was lying down and not doing anything. Prahlāda was naturally inquisitive about why he was lying there inactive.

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