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SB 11.21.20

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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


kaler durviṣahaḥ krodhas
tamas tam anuvartate
tamasā grasyate puṁsaś
cetanā vyāpinī drutam


kaleḥ—from quarrel; durviṣahaḥ—intolerable; krodhaḥ—anger; tamaḥ—ignorance; tam—that anger; anuvartate—follows; tamasā—by ignorance; grasyate—is seized; puṁsaḥ—of a man; cetanā—the consciousness; vyāpinī—broad; drutam—swiftly.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


From quarrel arises intolerable anger, followed by the darkness of ignorance. This ignorance quickly overtakes a man's broad intelligence.


The desire for material association arises from one's propensity to deny that everything is God's energy. Falsely imagining material sense objects to be separate from the Supreme Lord, one desires to enjoy them; such desire gives rise to conflict and quarrel in human society. This conflict inevitably gives rise to great anger, which makes human beings become foolish and destructive. Thus the actual goal of human life is quickly forgotten.

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