kidrsah kasya va sapo
harer ekantinam bhavah
sri-yudhisthirah uvaca—Maharaja Yudhisthira said; kidrsah—what kind of; kasya—whose; va—or; sapah—curse; hari-dasa—the servant of Hari; abhimarsanah—overcoming; asraddheyah—incredible; iva—as if; abhati—appears; hareh—of Hari; ekantinam—of those exclusively devoted as exalted attendants; bhavah—birth.
Maharaja Yudhisthira inquired: What kind of great curse could affect even liberated visnu-bhaktas, and what sort of person could curse even the Lord’s associates? For unflinching devotees of the Lord to fall again to this material world is impossible. I cannot believe this.
In Bhagavad-gita (8.16) the Lord clearly states, mam upetya tu kaunteya punar janma na vidyate: one who is purified of material contamination and returns home, back to Godhead, does not return to this material world. Elsewhere in Bhagavad-gita (4.9) Krsna says:
“One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body, take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.” Maharaja Yudhisthira, therefore, was surprised that a pure devotee could return to this material world. This is certainly a very important question.
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