Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 9: Appearance of the Demon Vṛtrāsura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.9.8

turyaḿ cheda-viroheṇa

vareṇa jagṛhur drumāḥ

teṣāḿ niryāsa-rūpeṇa

brahma-hatyā pradṛśyate


turyam — one fourth; cheda — although being cut; viroheṇa — of growing again; vareṇa — because of the benediction; jagṛhuḥ — accepted; drumāḥ — the trees; teṣām — of them; niryāsa-rūpeṇa — by the liquid oozing from the trees; brahma-hatyā — the reaction for killing a brāhmaṇa; pradṛśyate — is visible.


In return for Indra's benediction that their branches and twigs would grow back when trimmed, the trees accepted one fourth of the reactions for killing a brāhmaṇa. These reactions are visible in the flowing of sap from trees. [Therefore one is forbidden to drink this sap.]

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