Srimad Bhagvatam 1.7.16


Våndävana, September 14, 1976


tadä çucas te pramåjämi bhadre
yad brahma-bandhoù çira ätatäyinaù
gäëòéva-muktair viçikhair upähare
tväkramya yat snäsyasi dagdha-puträ
[SB 1.7.16]

So here, Açvatthämä, he’s born of a brähmaëa father, but his work has been proved just like a butcher. Therefore he is called brahma-bandhu. He’s called not a brähmaëa: brahma-bandhu. Brahma-bandhoù çira ätatäyinaù. Ätatäyinaù, aggressor. A brähmaëa does not require to kill a person with weapon. No. That is kñatriya’s business. If one is actually a brähmaëa—of course, in the Kali-yuga such brähmaëa is not to be found—his simply curse is sufficient to kill a man. If a brähmaëa curses somebody… Just like Mahäräja Parékñit, he was cursed by a brähmaëa’s son. Means not fully brähmaëa, not grown-up. A child, a boy twelve years old, he cursed Parékñit Mahäräja that “Within seven days you’ll be bitten by a serpent,” and it came to be true. So brähmaëa does not require any sword or any arrow to kill a man. His very word is sufficient. Therefore when somebody was to be killed, the brähmaëa would bring him to the kñatriya—not killing himself by weapon. Just like Viçvämitra, he wanted to kill one räkñasé, so he came to Mahäräja Daçaratha, kñatriya, to do the business of killing. There are so many… That is shastric evidences.

So here, a brahma-bandhu… Açvatthämä was born of a brähmaëa, Droëäcärya. But he killed the five sons of Draupadé most abominably, when they were sleeping. So what to speak of brähmaëa, he’s less than a kñatriya even. Because a kñatriya also do not kill anybody while one is sleeping. A kñatriya challenges, offers him weapon, fights, and then one of them is killed. That is… So here it is brahma-bandhoù ätatäyinaù. Ätatäyinaù, aggressor. Anyone who kidnaps one’s wife is called aggressor. One who sets fire in your house, he’s aggressor. One who is coming to kill you with weapon, he’s aggressor. In this way there is a list of aggression. So aggressor can be killed immediately. If somebody is aggressor, there is no sin in killing aggressor. Enemy who sets fire to the house, administers poison, attacks all of a sudden with deadly weapon, plunders wealth, or usurps agricultural field, or entices one’s wife is called an aggressor. Everything… This is Vedic knowledge. Everything has got definition.

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