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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.18.49

iti putra-kṛtāghena

so 'nutapto mahā-muniḥ

svayaḿ viprakṛto rājñā

naivāghaḿ tad acintayat


iti — thus; putra — son; kṛta — done by; aghena — by the sin; saḥhe (the muni); anutaptaḥ — regretting; mahā-muniḥ — the sage; svayam — personally; viprakṛtaḥ — being so insulted; rājñā — by the King; na — not; eva — certainly; agham — the sin; tat — that; acintayat — thought of it.


The sage thus regretted the sin committed by his own son. He did not take the insult paid by the King very seriously.


The whole incident is now cleared up. Mahārāja Parīkṣit's garlanding the sage with a dead snake was not at all a very serious offense, but Śṛńgi's cursing the King was a serious offense. The serious offense was committed by a foolish child only; therefore he deserved to be pardoned by the Supreme Lord, although it was not possible to get free from the sinful reaction. Mahārāja Parīkṣit also did not mind the curse offered to him by a foolish brāhmaṇa. On the contrary, he took full advantage of the awkward situation, and by the great will of the Lord, Mahārāja Parīkṣit achieved the highest perfection of life through the grace of Śrīla Śukadeva Gosvāmī. Actually it was the desire of the Lord, and Mahārāja Parīkṣit, Ṛṣi Śamīka and his son Śṛńgi were all instrumental in fulfilling the desire of the Lord. So none of them were put into difficulty because everything was done in relation with the Supreme Person.

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