Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 8 Chapter 19:40-43

Book 8: Chapter 19

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 8: Chapter 19: Verses 40-43
The Lord asks three paces of land of Bali, who gives his word; while Sukra remonstrates with him against this course

Therefore, (just) as a tree that has been uprooted withers up and falls to the ground not long afterwards, so does a body that has lost its support in the shape of falsehood soon dry up: there is no doubt about it. That which is expressed by the syllable 'OM' (yes) (really) takes away wealth to a long distance and (therefore) leaves one devoid of wealth and unsatiated (too). For a man is certainly deprived of that (much of) wealth which-however little it may be-he agrees to part with, saying 'yes'. And he who consents to give everything to a mendicant does not find adequate enjoyment for himself. Therefore, the false statement saying " No" not only keeps one full but also attracts the wealth of others to oneself. But he who utters the falsehood that he has nothing at all (to give) incurs a bad reputation and is (virtually) dead, though breathing. (Uttering) falsehood is not (so) blameworthy (1) in relation to women (while courting them), (2) in jest, (3) during a wedding (while extolling the bridegroom etc.), (4) for the sake of keeping one's body and soul together, (5) in the face of danger to one's life, (6) in the interest of cows and the Brahmanas and (7) where violence (to another) is apprehended."

Thus ends the nineteenth discourse, in continuation of the story of the descent of Lord Vamana (the divine Dwarf) in Book Eight of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.


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