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SB 8.19.4

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


na santi tīrthe yudhi cārthinārthitāḥ
parāṅmukhā ye tv amanasvino nṛpa
yuṣmat-kule yad yaśasāmalena
prahrāda udbhāti yathoḍupaḥ khe


na—not; santi—there are; tīrthe—in holy places (where charity is given); yudhi—in the battlefield; ca—also; arthinā—by a brāhmaṇa or a kṣatriya; arthitāḥ—who have been asked; parāṅmukhāḥ—who refused their prayers; ye—such persons; tu—indeed; amanasvinaḥ—such low-minded, low-grade kings; nṛpa—O King (Bali Mahārāja); yuṣmat-kule—in your dynasty; yat—therein; yaśasā amalena—by impeccable reputation; prahrādaḥ—Prahlāda Mahārāja; udbhāti—arises; yathā—as; uḍupaḥ—the moon; khe—in the sky.


O King Bali, never in your dynasty has the low-minded King been born who upon being requested has refused charity to brāhmaṇas in holy places or a fight to kṣatriyas on a battlefield. And your dynasty is even more glorious due to the presence of Prahlāda Mahārāja, who is like the beautiful moon in the sky.


The symptoms of a kṣatriya are given in Bhagavad-gītā. One of the qualifications is the willingness to give charity (dāna). A kṣatriya does not refuse to give charity when requested by a brāhmaṇa, nor can he refuse to fight another kṣatriya. A king who does refuse is called low-minded. In the dynasty of Bali Mahārāja there were no such low-minded kings.

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