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SB 10.64.33

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


nāhaṁ hālāhalaṁ manye
viṣaṁ yasya pratikriyā
brahma-svaṁ hi viṣaṁ proktaṁ
nāsya pratividhir bhuvi


na—not; aham—I; hālāhalam—the poison named hālāhala, which Lord Śiva is famous for having drunk without toxic effects; manye—I consider; viṣam—poison; yasya—of which; pratikriyā—counteraction; brahma-svam—a brāhmaṇa's property; hi—indeed; viṣam—poison; proktam—called; na—not; asya—for it; pratividhiḥ—antidote; bhuvi—in the world.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


I do not consider hālāhala to be real poison, because it has an antidote. But a brāhmaṇa's property, when stolen, can truly be called poison, for it has no antidote in this world.


One who takes a brāhmaṇa's property, thinking to enjoy it, has actually taken the most deadly poison.

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