TEXT 272
narada kahe,--"vyadha, ei na haya ascarya
hari-bhaktye himsa-sunya haya sadhu-varya
SYNONYMS
narada kaheNarada Muni said; vyadha—my dear hunter; ei na ascarya—this is not wonderful for you; hari-bhaktye—by advancement in devotional service; himsa-sunya haya—one becomes nonviolent and nonenvious; sadhu-varya—thus one becomes the best of honest gentlemen.
TRANSLATION
"Narada Muni said, 'My dear hunter, such behavior is not at all astonishing. A man in devotional service is automatically nonviolent. He is the best of gentlemen.
PURPORT
In this verse the word sadhu-varya means "the best of gentlemen." At the present moment there are many so-called gentlemen who are expert in killing animals and birds. Nonetheless, these so-called gentlemen profess a type of religion that strictly prohibits killing. According to Narada Muni and Vedic culture, animal killers are not even gentlemen, to say nothing of being religious men. A religious person, a devotee of the Lord, must be nonviolent. Such is the nature of a religious person. It is contradictory to be violent and at the same time call oneself a religious person. Such hypocrisy is not approved by Narada Muni and the disciplic succession.

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