na vikriya visva-suhrt-sakhasya
samyena vitabhimates tavapi
mahad-vimanat sva-krtad dhi madrn
nanksyaty adurad api sulapanih
na—not; vikriya—material transformation; visva-suhrt—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is a friend to everyone; sakhasya—of you, the friend; samyena—because of your mental equilibrium; vita-abhimateh—who has completely forsaken the bodily concept of life; tava—your; api—indeed; mahat-vimanat—of insulting a great devotee; sva-krtat—from my own activity; hi—certainly; madrk—a person like me; nanksyati—will be destroyed; adurat—very soon; api—certainly; sula-panih—even though as powerful as Lord Siva (Sulapani).
O my dear lord, you are the friend of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the friend of all living entities. You are therefore equal to everyone, and you are free from the bodily conception. Although I have committed an offense by insulting you, I know that there is no loss or gain for you due to my insult. You are fixed in your determination, but I have committed an offense. Because of this, even though I may be as strong as Lord Siva, I shall be vanquished without delay due to my offense at the lotus feet of a Vaisnava.
Maharaja Rahugana was very intelligent and conscious of the inauspicious effects arising from insulting a Vaisnava. He was therefore very anxious to be excused by Jada Bharata. Following in the footsteps of Maharaja Rahugana, everyone should be very cautious not to commit an offense at the lotus feet of a Vaisnava. Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura in the Caitanya-bhagavata (Madhya 13) says:
“Even if one is as strong as Lord Siva, who carries a trident in his hand, one will nonetheless fall down from his spiritual position if he tries to insult a Vaisnava. That is the verdict of all Vedic scriptures.” He also says this in Caitanya-bhagavata (Madhya 22):
“One who blasphemes a Vaisnava cannot be protected by anyone. Even if a person is as strong as Lord Siva, if he blasphemes a Vaisnava, he is sure to be destroyed. This is the verdict of all sastras. If one does not care for the verdict of the sastras and dares blaspheme a Vaisnava, he suffers life after life because of this.”
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Fifth Canto, Tenth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled, “The Discussion Between Jada Bharata and Maharaja Rahugana.”
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