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SB 11.3.42

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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 42

evaṁ praśnam ṛṣīn pūrvam
apṛcchaṁ pitur antike
nābruvan brahmaṇaḥ putrās
tatra kāraṇam ucyatām


SYNONYMS

evam—similar; praśnam—a question; ṛṣīn—to the sages; pūrvam—previously; apṛccham—I asked; pituḥ—of my father (Ikṣvāku Mahārāja); antike—in front; na abruvan—they did not speak; brahmaṇaḥ—of Lord Brahmā; putrāḥ—the sons; tatra—of that; kāraṇam—the reason; ucyatām—please say.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


TRANSLATION

Once in the past, in the presence of my father, Mahārāja Ikṣvāku, I placed a similar question before four great sages who were sons of Lord Brahmā. But they did not answer my question. Please explain the reason for this.


PURPORT

According to Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī the words brahmaṇaḥ putrāḥ, "the sons of Brahmā," refer to the four Kumāras headed by Sanaka Ṛṣi. Śrīla Madhvācārya has quoted a verse from the Tantra-bhāgavata stating that the reason the four sons of Lord Brahmā, although mahājanas and experts in the science of devotional service, declined to answer King Nimi was that they wanted to demonstrate clearly that even those who are expert in the cultivation of speculative knowledge cannot understand the actual science of pure devotional service. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has further commented that the sages avoided answering the question from the King because at that time King Nimi was a young boy and therefore not mature enough to understand the answer fully.



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