Canto 9: LiberationChapter 15: Paraśurāma, the Lord's Warrior Incarnation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 9.15.41

rājño mūrdhābhiṣiktasya

vadho brahma-vadhād guruḥ

tīrtha-saḿsevayā cāḿho

jahy ańgācyuta-cetanaḥ


rājñaḥ — of the king; mūrdha-abhiṣiktasya — who is noted as the emperor; vadhaḥ — the killing; brahma-vadhāt — than killing a brāhmaṇa; guruḥmore severe; tīrtha-saḿsevayā — by worshiping the holy places; ca — also; aḿhaḥ — the sinful act; jahi — wash out; ańgaO my dear son; acyuta-cetanaḥ — being fully Kṛṣṇa conscious.


My dear son, killing a king who is an emperor is more severely sinful than killing a brāhmaṇa. But now, if you become Kṛṣṇa conscious and worship the holy places, you can atone for this great sin.


One who fully surrenders to the Supreme Personality of Godhead is freed from all sins (ahaḿ tvāḿ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi). From the very day or moment he fully surrenders to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, even the most sinful person is freed. Nonetheless, as an example, Jamadagni advised his son Paraśurāma to worship the holy places. Because an ordinary person cannot immediately surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he is advised to go from one holy place to another to find saintly persons and thus gradually be released from sinful reactions.

Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Ninth Canto, Fifteenth Chapter, of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, entitled "Paraśurāma, the Lord's Warrior Incarnation."

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