Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 16: Executing the Payo-vrata Process of Worship

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.16.4

apy abhadraḿ na viprāṇāḿ

bhadre loke 'dhunāgatam

na dharmasya na lokasya

mṛtyoś chandānuvartinaḥ


api — whether; abhadram — ill fortune; na — not; viprāṇām — of the brāhmaṇas; bhadreO most gentle Aditi; lokein this world; adhunā — at the present moment; āgatam — has come; na — not; dharmasya — of religious principles; na — not; lokasya — of the people in general; mṛtyoḥ — death; chanda-anuvartinaḥ — who are followers of the whims of death.


O most gentle one, I wonder whether anything inauspicious has now taken place in regard to religious principles, the brāhmaṇas or the people in general, who are subject to the whims of death.


There are prescribed duties for all the inhabitants of this material world, especially for the brāhmaṇas but also for the people in general, who are subject to the whims of death. Kaśyapa Muni wondered whether the regulative principles, which are meant for the well-being of everyone, had been disobeyed. He accordingly continued his inquiries for seven verses.

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