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SB 4.13.44

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


yataḥ pāpīyasī kīrtir
adharmaś ca mahān nṛṇām
yato virodhaḥ sarveṣāṁ
yata ādhir anantakaḥ


yataḥ—on account of a bad son; pāpīyasī—sinful; kīrtiḥ—reputation; adharmaḥ—irreligion; ca—also; mahān—great; nṛṇām—of men; yataḥ—from which; virodhaḥ—quarrel; sarveṣām—of all people; yataḥ—from which; ādhiḥ—anxiety; anantakaḥ—endless.


A sinful son causes a person's reputation to vanish. His irreligious activities at home cause irreligion and quarrel among everyone, and this creates only endless anxiety.


It is said that a married couple must have a son, otherwise their family life is void. But a son born without good qualities is as good as a blind eye. A blind eye has no use for seeing, but it is simply unbearably painful. The King therefore thought himself very unfortunate to have such a bad son.

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