Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 12 Chapter 2:40-44

Book 12: Chapter 2

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 12: Chapter 2: Verses 40-44

These rulers of men mentioned by me as also others claimed this earth as their own, but they had to leave it in the end and died, 0 king ! He who perpetrates violence against living beings for the sake of this body, which will be ultimately called by the name of 'worm', 'excrement' or 'ashes', no matter if it enjoys the title of 'king' (now), is not alive to his own interests; for such violence (surely) paves the way to hell. "How may this earth, held (in sovereignty) entirely by my forbears and now enjoyed by me, continue to be in the possession of my son and grandson and posterity ?" Indulging in such (anxious) thoughts rulers wanting in wisdom and looking upon the body, (which is) a product of fire, water and food, as their own self and the earth as their possession, have eventually quitted both and vanished (into nothing). All those rulers, 0 king, who by force of their might enjoyed the sovereignty of the globe have been converted into mere themes of stories narrated indiscourses.

Thus ends the second discourse in Book Twelve of the great and

glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.



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