Canto 1: CreationChapter 18: Mahārāja Parīkṣit Cursed by a Brāhmaṇa Boy

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.18.38

tato 'bhyetyāśramaḿ bālo

gale sarpa-kalevaram

pitaraḿ vīkṣya duḥkhārto

mukta-kaṇṭho ruroda ha


tataḥ — thereafter; abhyetya — after entering into; āśramam — the hermitage; bālaḥ — boy; gale sarpa — the snake on the shoulder; kalevaram — body; pitaram — unto the father; vīkṣya — having seen; duḥkha-ārtaḥin a sorry plight; mukta-kaṇṭhaḥ — loudly; ruroda — cried; hain the past.


Thereafter, when the boy returned to the hermitage, he saw a snake on his father's shoulder, and out of his grief he cried very loudly.


The boy was not happy because he committed a great mistake, and he wanted to be relieved of the burden on his heart by crying. So after entering the hermitage and seeing his father in that condition, he cried loudly so that he might be relieved. But it was too late. The father regretted the whole incident.

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