Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 20: Bali Mahārāja Surrenders the Universe

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.20.4

na hy asatyāt paro 'dharma

iti hovāca bhūr iyam

sarvaḿ soḍhum alaḿ manye

ṛte 'līka-paraḿ naram


na — not; hi — indeed; asatyāt — than compulsion to untruthfulness; paraḥmore; adharmaḥ — irreligion; iti — thus; ha uvāca — indeed had spoken; bhūḥ — mother earth; iyam — this; sarvam — everything; soḍhumto bear; alamI am able; manye — although I think; ṛte — except; alīka-param — the most heinous liar; narama human being.


There is nothing more sinful than untruthfulness. Because of this, mother earth once said, "I can bear any heavy thing except a person who is a liar."


On the surface of the earth there are many great mountains and oceans that are very heavy, and mother earth has no difficulty carrying them. But she feels very much overburdened when she carries even one person who is a liar. It is said that in Kali-yuga lying is a common affair: māyaiva vyāvahārike (Bhāg. 12.2.3). Even in the most common dealings, people are accustomed to speaking so many lies. No one is free from the sinful reactions of speaking lies. Under the circumstances, one can just imagine how this has overburdened the earth, and indeed the entire universe.

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