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SB 12.6.12

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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

TEXT 12

taṁ tarpayitvā draviṇair
nivartya viṣa-hāriṇam
dvija-rūpa-praticchannaḥ
kāma-rūpo 'daśan nṛpam


SYNONYMS

tam—him (Kaśyapa); tarpayitvā—gratifying; draviṇaiḥ—with valuable offerings; nivartya—stopping; viṣa-hāriṇam—an expert in counteracting poison; dvija-rūpa—in the form of a brāhmaṇa; praticchannaḥ—disguising himself; kāma-rūpaḥ—Takṣaka, who could assume any form he wished; adaśat—bit; nṛpam—King Parīkṣit.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


TRANSLATION

Takṣaka flattered Kaśyapa by presenting him with valuable offerings and thereby stopped the sage, who was expert in counteracting poison, from protecting Mahārāja Parīkṣit. Then the snakebird, who could assume any form he wished, disguised himself as a brāhmaṇa, approached the King and bit him.


PURPORT

Kaśyapa could counteract the poison of Takṣaka and demonstrated this power by bringing a palm tree back to life after Takṣaka had burned it to ashes by biting it with his fangs. According to the arrangement of destiny, Kaśyapa was diverted by Takṣaka, and the inevitable took place.



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