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SB 12.3.3-4

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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


pūrvaṁ nirjitya ṣaḍ-vargaṁ
jeṣyāmo rāja-mantriṇaḥ
tataḥ saciva-paurāpta-
karīndrān asya kaṇṭakān
evaṁ krameṇa jeṣyāmaḥ
pṛthvīṁ sāgara-mekhalām
ity āśā-baddha-hṛdayā
na paśyanty antike 'ntakam


pūrvam—first of all; nirjitya—conquering; ṣaṭ-vargam—the five senses and the mind; jeṣyāmaḥ—we will conquer; rāja-mantriṇaḥ—the royal ministers; tataḥ—then; saciva—the personal secretaries; paura—the citizens of the capital; āpta—the friends; kari-indrān—the elephant keepers; asya—ridding ourselves of; kaṇṭakān—the thorns; evam—in this way; krameṇa—gradually; jeṣyāmaḥ—we shall conquer; pṛthvīm—the earth; sāgara—the ocean; mekhalām—whose girdle; iti—thus thinking; āśā—by hopes; baddha—bound up; hṛdayāḥ—their hearts; na paśyanti—they do not see; antike—nearby; antakam—their own end.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


"Kings and politicians imagine: 'First I will conquer my senses and mind; then I will subdue my chief ministers and rid myself of the thorn-pricks of my advisors, citizens, friends and relatives, as well as the keepers of my elephants. In this way I will gradually conquer the entire earth.' Because the hearts of these leaders are bound by great expectations, they fail to see death waiting nearby.


To satisfy their greed for power, determined politicians, dictators and military leaders undergo severe austerities and sacrifice, with much self-discipline. Then they lead their great nations in a struggle to control the sea, land, air and space. Although the politicians and their followers will soon be dead—since birth and death are all inevitable in this world—they persist in their frenetic struggle for ephemeral glory.

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