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SB 4.28.11

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


bhaya-nāmno 'grajo bhrātā
prajvāraḥ pratyupasthitaḥ
dadāha tāṁ purīṁ kṛtsnāṁ
bhrātuḥ priya-cikīrṣayā


bhaya-nāmnaḥ—of Bhaya (Fear); agra-jaḥ—elder; bhrātā—brother; prajvāraḥ—named Prajvāra; pratyupasthitaḥ—being present there; dadāha—set fire; tām—to that; purīm—city; kṛtsnām—wholesale; bhrātuḥ—his brother; priya-cikīrṣayā—in order to please.


Under the circumstances, the elder brother of Yavana-rāja, known as Prajvāra, set fire to the city to please his younger brother, whose other name is fear itself.


According to the Vedic system, a dead body is set on fire, but before death there is another fire, or fever, which is called prajvāra, or viṣṇu-jvāra. Medical science verifies that when one's temperature is raised to 107 degrees, a man immediately dies. This prajvāra, or higher fever, at the last stage of life places the living entity in the midst of a blazing fire.

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