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SB 11.23.3

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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


na tathā tapyate viddhaḥ
pumān bāṇais tu marma-gaiḥ
yathā tudanti marma-sthā
hy asatāṁ paruṣeṣavaḥ


na—not; tathā—in the same way; tapyate—is caused pain; viddhaḥ—pierced; pumān—a person; bāṇaiḥ—by arrows; tu—however; marma-gaiḥ—going to the heart; yathā—as; tudanti—prick; marma-sthāḥ—attaching within the heart; hi—indeed; asatām—of evil persons; paruṣa—harsh (words); iṣavaḥ—the arrows.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Sharp arrows which pierce one's chest and reach the heart do not cause as much suffering as the arrows of harsh, insulting words that become lodged within the heart when spoken by uncivilized men.

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