TEXT 30
akarnya bhartur gaditam
tam ucur deva-satravah
devan prati krtamarsa
daiteya nati-kovidah
SYNONYMS
akarnya—after hearing; bhartuh—of their master; gaditam—the words or statement; tam ucuh—replied to him; deva-satravah—all the asuras, who were enemies of the demigods; devan—the demigods; prati—toward; krta-amarsah—who were envious; daiteyah—the asuras; na—not; ati-kovidah—who were very expert in executing transactions.
TRANSLATION
After hearing their masterís statement, the envious asuras, who were enemies of the demigods and were not very expert in their dealings, advised Kamsa as follows.
PURPORT
There are two different types of men—the asuras and the suras.
Those who are devotees of Lord Visnu, Krsna, are suras, or devas, whereas those who are opposed to the devotees are called asuras. Devotees are expert in all transactions (yasyasti bhaktir bhagavaty akincana sarvair gunais tatra samasate surah). Therefore they are called kovida, which means ďexpert.Ē Asuras, however, although superficially showing expertise in passionate activities, are actually all fools. They are neither sober nor expert. Whatever they do is imperfect. Moghasa mogha-karmanah. According to this description of the asuras given in Bhagavad-gita (9.12), whatever they do will ultimately be baffled. It was such persons who advised Kamsa because they were his chief friends and ministers.

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