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CC Madhya 25.196

His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

TEXT 196

keha kahe,—ei nahe, 'alpa' doṣa haya
śuniyā rahilā rāya kariyā saṁśaya


keha kahe — some of the learned brāhmaṇas said; ei — this; nahe — not; alpa — insignificant; doṣa — fault; haya — is; śuniyā — hearing; rahilā — remained; rāya — Subuddhi Rāya; kariyā — making; saṁśaya — doubt.


When Subuddhi Rāya consulted some other brāhmaṇas, they told him that he had not committed a grievous fault and that consequently he should not drink hot ghee and give up his life. As a result, Subuddhi Rāya was doubtful about what to do.


This is another instance of Hindu custom. One brāhmaṇa would give advice condoning a particular fault, and another would give advice to the contrary. Typically, lawyers and physicians differ, giving one kind of instruction and then another. Due to the brāhmaṇas ' different opinions, Subuddhi Rāya became further perplexed. He did not know what to do or what not to do.