Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 11: The Transcendental Qualities of Vṛtrāsura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.11.5

yadi vaḥ pradhane śraddhā

sāraḿ vā kṣullakā hṛdi

agre tiṣṭhata mātraḿ me

na ced grāmya-sukhe spṛhā


yadi — if; vaḥ — of you; pradhanein battle; śraddhā — faith; sāram — patience; — or; kṣullakāḥO insignificant ones; hṛdiin the core of the heart; agrein front; tiṣṭhata — just stand; mātram — for a moment; me — of me; na — not; cet — if; grāmya-sukhein sense gratification; spṛhā — desire.


O insignificant demigods, if you truly have faith in your heroism, if you have patience in the cores of your hearts and if you are not ambitious for sense gratification, please stand before me for a moment.


Rebuking the demigods, Vṛtrāsura challenged, "O demigods, if you are actually heroes, stand before me now and try to show your prowess. If you do not wish to fight, if you are afraid of losing your lives, I shall not kill you, for unlike you, I am not so evil minded as to kill persons who are neither heroic nor willing to fight. If you have faith in your heroism, please stand before me."

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