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SB 11.23.6

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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


avantiṣu dvijaḥ kaścid
āsīd āḍhyatamaḥ śriyā
vārtā-vṛttiḥ kadaryas tu
kāmī lubdho 'ti-kopanaḥ


avantiṣu—in the Avantī country; dvijaḥ—brāhmaṇa; kaścit—a certain; āsīt—there was; āḍhya-tamaḥ—very rich; śriyā—with opulences; vārtā—by business; vṛttiḥ—earning his livelihood; kadaryaḥ—miserly; tu—but; kāmī—lusty; lubdhak—greedy; ati-kopanaḥ—very prone to anger.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


In the country of Avantī there once lived a certain brāhmaṇa who was very rich and gifted with all opulences, and who was engaged in the occupation of commerce. But he was a miserly person—lusty, greedy and very prone to anger.


According to Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī, the Avantī country is the district of Malwa. This brāhmaṇa was extremely wealthy, doing business in agriculture, banking and so on. Being a miser, he suffered agony when his hard-earned wealth was lost, as will be described by the Lord Himself.

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