Canto 1: CreationChapter 12: Birth of Emperor Parīkṣit

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.12.35

āhūto bhagavān rājñā

yājayitvā dvijair nṛpam

uvāsa katicin māsān

suhṛdāḿ priya-kāmyayā


āhūtaḥ — being called by; bhagavān — Lord Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead; rājñā — by the King; yājayitvā — causing to be performed; dvijaiḥ — by the learned brāhmaṇas; nṛpam — on behalf of the King; uvāsa — resided; katicita few; māsān — months; suhṛdām — for the sake of the relatives; priya-kāmyayā — for the pleasure.


Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead, being invited to the sacrifices by Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira, saw to it that they were performed by qualified [twice-born] brāhmaṇas. After that, for the pleasure of the relatives, the Lord remained a few months.


Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa was invited by Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira to look into the supervision of the performances of yajña, and the Lord, to abide by the orders of His elderly cousin, caused the performance of yajñas by learned twice-born brāhmaṇas. Simply taking birth in the family of a brāhmaṇa does not make one qualified to perform yajñas. One must be twice-born by proper training and initiation from the bona fide ācārya. The once-born scions of brāhmaṇa families are equal with the once-born śūdras, and such brahma-bandhus, or unqualified once-born scions, must be rejected for any purpose of religious or Vedic function. Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa was entrusted to look after this arrangement, and perfect as He is, He caused the yajñas to be performed by the bona fide twice-born brāhmaṇas for successful execution.

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