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SB 10.89.26-27

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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

TEXTS 26-27

tām arjuna upaśrutya
karhicit keśavāntike
parete navame bāle
brāhmaṇaṁ samabhāṣata
kiṁ svid brahmaṁs tvan-nivāse
iha nāsti dhanur-dharaḥ
rājanya-bandhur ete vai
brāhmaṇāḥ satram āsate


tām—that (lamentation); arjunaḥ—Arjuna; upaśrutya—happening to hear; karhicit—once; keśava—of Lord Kṛṣṇa; antike—in the proximity; parete—having died; navame—the ninth; bāle—child; brāhmaṇam—to the brāhmaṇa; samabhāṣata—he said; kim svit—whether; brahman—O brāhmaṇa; tvat—your; nivāse—at the home; iha—here; na asti—there is not; dhanuḥ-dharaḥ—holding his bow in his hand; rājanya-bandhuḥ—a fallen member of the royal order; ete—these (kṣatriyas); vaḥ—indeed; brāhmaṇāḥ—(like) brāhmaṇas; satre—at a major fire sacrifice; āsate—are present.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


When the ninth child died, Arjuna, who was near Lord Keśava, happened to overhear the brāhmaṇa lamenting. Thus Arjuna addressed the brāhmaṇa: "What is the matter, my dear brāhmaṇa? Isn't there some lowly member of the royal order here who can at least stand before your house with a bow in his hand? These kṣatriyas are behaving as if they were brāhmaṇas idly engaged in fire sacrifices.

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