evam durmantribhih kamsah
saha sammantrya durmatih
brahma-himsam hitam mene
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; evam—in this way; durmantribhih—his bad ministers; kamsah—King Kamsa; saha—along with; sammantrya—after considering very elaborately; durmatih—without good intelligence; brahma-himsam—persecution of the brahmanas; hitam—as the best way; mene—accepted; kala-pasa-avrtah—being bound by the rules and regulations of Yamaraja; asurah—because he was a demon.
Sukadeva Gosvami continued: Thus, having considered the instructions of his bad ministers, Kamsa, who was bound by the laws of Yamaraja and devoid of good intelligence because he was a demon, decided to persecute the saintly persons, the brahmanas, as the only way to achieve his own good fortune.
Srila Locana dasa Thakura has sung, apana karama, bhunjaye samana, kahaye locana dasa. Instead of taking good instructions from the sages and the sastras, godless nondevotees act whimsically, according to their own plans. Actually, however, no one has his own plans because everyone is bound by the laws of nature and must act according to his tendency in material, conditional life. Therefore one must change one’s own decision and follow the decision of Krsna and Krsna’s devotees. Then one is rescued from punishment by Yamaraja. Kamsa was not uneducated. It appears from his talks with Vasudeva and Devaki that he knew all about the laws of nature. But because of his association with bad ministers, he could not make a clear decision about his welfare. Therefore the Caitanya-caritamrta (Madhya 22.54) says:
If one desires his real welfare, he must associate with devotees and saintly persons and in this way rectify the material condition of his life.
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