bala-ghnyo vriditas tatra
bala-hatya-vratam cerur
brahmanair yan nirupitam
yamunayam maharaja
smarantyo dvija-bhasitam
bala-ghnyahthe killers of the child; vriditahbeing very much ashamed; tatrathere; bala-hatyabecause of killing the child; hatahaving lost; prabhahall bodily luster; bala-hatya-vratamthe atonement fur killing the child; ceruhexecuted; brahmanaihby the priests; yatwhich; nirupitamdescribed; yamunayamat the River Yamuna; maha-rajaO King Pariksit; smarantyahremembering; dvija-bhasitamthe statement given by the brahmana.
Queen Krtyadyutis co-wives, who had poisoned the child, were very much ashamed, and they lost all their bodily luster. While lamenting, O King, they remembered the instructions of Angira and gave up their ambition to bear children. Following the directions of the brahmanas, they went to the bank of the Yamuna, where they bathed and atoned for their sinful activities.
In this verse the word bala-hatya-hata-prabhah is to be particularly noted. The practice of killing children has existed in human society for a long timesince time immemorialbut in the days of yore it was very rarely performed. At the present moment, however, in this age of Kali, abortionkilling of the child within the wombhas become very common, and sometimes a child is even killed after birth. If a woman performs such an abominable act, she gradually loses all her bodily luster (bala-hatya-hata-prabhah). It is also to be noted that the ladies who had committed the sinful act of administering poison to the child were very much ashamed, and according to the directions of the brahmanas, they had to undergo atonement for killing the child. Any woman who has ever performed such an infamously sinful act must atone for it, but no one now is doing that. Under the circumstances, the women responsible must suffer in this life and the next. Those who are sincere souls, after hearing this incident, should refrain from such child-killing and should atone for their sinful activities by taking to Krsna consciousness very seriously. If one chants the Hare Krsna maha-mantra without offenses, all of ones sinful actions are surely atoned for immediately, but one should not commit such deeds again, for that is an offense.

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