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SB 8.20.6

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


yad yad dhāsyati loke 'smin
samparetaṁ dhanādikam
tasya tyāge nimittaṁ kiṁ
vipras tuṣyen na tena cet


yat yat—whatsoever; hāsyati—will leave; loke—in the world; asmin—in this; samparetam—one who is already dead; dhana-ādikam—his wealth and riches; tasya—of such wealth; tyāge—in renunciation; nimittam—the purpose; kim—what is; vipraḥ—the brāhmaṇa who is confidentially Lord Viṣṇu; tuṣyet—must be pleased; na—is not; tena—by such (riches); cet—if there is a possibility.


My lord, you can also see that all the material opulences of this world are certainly separated from their possessor at death. Therefore, if the brāhmaṇa Vāmanadeva is not satisfied by whatever gifts one has given, why not please Him with the riches one is destined to lose at death?


The word vipra means brāhmaṇa, and at the same time "confidential." Bali Mahārāja had confidentially decided to give the gift to Lord Vāmanadeva without discussion, but because such a decision would hurt the hearts of the asuras and his spiritual master, Śukrācārya, he spoke equivocally. Bali Mahārāja, as a pure devotee, had already decided to give all the land to Lord Viṣṇu.

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