bhumis turiyam jagraha
khata-pura-varena vai
irinam brahma-hatyaya
rupam bhumau pradrsyate
bhumih—the earth; turiyam—one fourth; jagraha—accepted; khata-pura—of the filling of holes; varena—because of the benediction; vai—indeed; irinam—the deserts; brahma-hatyayah—of the reaction for killing a brahmana; rupam—form; bhumau—on the earth; pradrsyate—is visible.
In return for King Indra’s benediction that ditches in the earth would be filled automatically, the land accepted one fourth of the sinful reactions for killing a brahmana. Because of those sinful reactions, we find many deserts on the surface of the earth.
Because deserts are manifestations of the earth’s diseased condition, no auspicious ritualistic ceremony can be performed in a desert. Persons destined to live in deserts are understood to be sharing the reactions for the sin of brahma-hatya, the killing of a brahmana.

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