Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 14: King Citraketu's Lamentation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.14.55

na hi kramaś ced iha mṛtyu-janmanoḥ

śarīriṇām astu tad ātma-karmabhiḥ

yaḥ sneha-pāśo nija-sarga-vṛddhaye

svayaḿ kṛtas te tam imaḿ vivṛścasi


na — not; hi — indeed; kramaḥ — chronological order; cet — if; ihain this material world; mṛtyu — of death; janmanoḥ — and of birth; śarīriṇām — of the conditioned souls, who have accepted material bodies; astu — let it be; tat — that; ātma-karmabhiḥ — by the results of one's karma (fruitive activities); yaḥ — that which; sneha-pāśaḥ — bondage of affection; nija-sarga — Your own creation; vṛddhayeto increase; svayam — personally; kṛtaḥmade; te — by You; tam — that; imam — this; vivṛścasi — you are cutting.


My Lord, You may say that there is no law that a father must die in the lifetime of his son and that a son must be born in the lifetime of his father, since everyone lives and dies according to his own fruitive activity. However, if fruitive activity is so strong that birth and death depend upon it, there is no need of a controller, or God. Again, if You say that a controller is needed because the material energy does not have the power to act, one may answer that if the bonds of affection You have created are disturbed by fruitive action, no one will raise children with affection; instead, everyone will cruelly neglect his children. Since You have cut the bonds of affection that compel a parent to raise his child, You appear inexperienced and unintelligent.


As stated in the Brahma-saḿhitā, karmāṇi nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhājām: [Bs. 5.54] one who has taken to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, devotional service, is not affected by the results of karma. In this verse, karma has been stressed on the basis of karma-mīmāḿsā philosophy, which says that one must act according to his karma and that a supreme controller must give the results of karma. The subtle laws of karma, which are controlled by the Supreme, cannot be understood by ordinary conditioned souls. Therefore Kṛṣṇa says that one who can understand Him and how He is acting, controlling everything by subtle laws, immediately becomes freed by His grace. That is the statement of Brahma-saḿhitā (karmāṇi nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhājām [Bs. 5.54]). One should take to devotional service without reservations and surrender everything to the supreme will of the Lord. That will make one happy in this life and the next.

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