TEXT 17
vipra mantra-vido yuktas
tair yah proktas tathasisah
ta nisphala bhavisyanti
na kadacid api sphutam
SYNONYMS
viprah—the brahmanas; mantra-vidah—completely expert in chanting the Vedic hymns; yuktah—perfect mystic yogis; taih—by them; yah—whatsoever; proktah—was spoken; tatha—becomes just so; asisah—all blessings; tah—such words; nisphalah—useless, without fruit; bhavisyanti na—never will become; kadacit—at any time; api—indeed; sphutam—always factual, as it is.
TRANSLATION
The brahmanas, who were completely expert in chanting the Vedic hymns, were all yogis fully equipped with mystic powers. Whatever blessings they spoke were certainly never fruitless.
PURPORT
Brahmanas fully equipped with the brahminical qualifications are always yogis fully powerful in mystic yoga. Their words never fail. In every transaction with other members of society, brahmanas are certainly dependable. In this age, however, one must take into account that the brahmanas are uncertain in their qualifications. Because there are no yajnic brahmanas, all yajnas are forbidden. The only yajna recommended in this age is sankirtana-yajna. Yajnaih sankirtana-prayair yajanti hi sumedhasah (Bhag. 11.5.32). Yajna is meant to satisfy Visnu (yajnarthat karmano ’nyatra loko ’yam karma-bandhanah [Bg. 3.9])). Because in this age there are no qualified brahmanas, people should perform yajna by chanting the Hare Krsna mantra (yajnaih sankirtana-prayair yajanti hi sumedhasah). Life is meant for yajna, and yajna is performed by the chanting of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

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