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SB 12.3.2

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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


kāma eṣa narendrāṇāṁ
moghaḥ syād viduṣām api
yena phenopame piṇḍe
ye 'ti-viśrambhitā nṛpāḥ


kāmaḥ—lust; eṣaḥ—this; nara-indrāṇām—of the rulers of men; moghaḥ—the failure; syāt—becomes; viduṣām—who are wise; api—even; yena—by which (lust); phena-upame—comparable to ephemeral bubbles; piṇḍe—in this lump; ye—who; ati-viśrambhitāḥ—perfectly trusting; nṛpaḥ—the kings.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


"Great rulers of men, even those who are learned, meet frustration and failure because of material lust. Driven by lust, these kings place great hope and faith in the dead lump of flesh called the body, even though the material frame is as fleeting as bubbles of foam on water.

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