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SB 10.71.6

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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


dvai-rathe sa tu jetavyo
mā śatākṣauhiṇī-yutaḥ
brāhmaṇyo 'bhyarthito viprair
na pratyākhyāti karhicit


dvai-rathe—in combat involving only two chariots; saḥ—he; tu—but; jetavyaḥ—is to be defeated; —not; śata—by one hundred; akṣauhiṇī—military divisions; yutaḥ—joined; brāhmaṇyaḥ—devoted to brahminical culture; abhyarthitaḥ—entreated; vipraiḥ—by brāhmaṇas; na pratyākhyāti—does not refuse; karhicit—ever.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


He will be defeated in a match of single chariots, not when he is with his hundred military divisions. Now, Jarāsandha is so devoted to brahminical culture that he never refuses requests from brāhmaṇas.


It might be argued that since only Bhīma could equal Jarāsandha in personal strength, Jarāsandha would be more powerful when supported by his huge army. Therefore, Uddhava here recommends single combat. But how could Jarāsandha be persuaded to give up the support of his powerful army? Here Uddhava gives the clue: Jarāsandha will never refuse a request from brāhmaṇas, since he is devoted to brahminical culture.

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