|Canto 11: General History||Chapter 23: The Song of the Avantī Brāhmaṇa.|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.23.38-39
aho eṣa mahā-sāro
dhṛtimān giri-rāḍ iva
maunena sādhayaty arthaḿ
ity eke vihasanty enam
eke durvātayanti ca
taḿ babandhur nirurudhur
yathā krīḍanakaḿ dvijam
aho — just see; eṣaḥ — this person; mahā-sāraḥ — very powerful; dhṛtimān — steadfast; giri-rāṭ — the Himalaya Mountains; iva — just like; maunena — with his vow of silence; sādhayati — he is striving; artham — for his goal; baka-vat — just like a duck; dṛḍha — firm; niścayaḥ — his determination; iti — thus speaking; eke — some; vihasanti — ridicule; enam — him; eke — some; durvātayanti — pass foul air; ca — and; tam — him; babandhuḥ — they bound in chains; nirurudhuḥ — kept captive; yathā — as; krīḍanakam — a pet animal; dvijam — that brāhmaṇa.
Some would ridicule him by saying, "Just see this greatly powerful sage! He is as steadfast as the Himalaya Mountains. By practice of silence he strives for his goal with great determination, just like a duck." Other persons would pass foul air upon him, and sometimes others would bind this twice-born brāhmaṇa in chains and keep him captive like a pet animal.
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