śrī-yudhiṣṭhira uvāca
kīdṛśaḥ kasya vā śāpo
aśraddheya ivābhāti
harer ekāntināṁ bhavaḥ
śrī-yudhiṣṭhiraḥ uvācaMahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira said; kīdṛśaḥ—what kind of; kasya—whose; —or; śāpaḥ—curse; hari-dāsa—the servant of Hari; abhimarśanaḥ—overcoming; aśraddheyaḥ—incredible; iva—as if; ābhāti—appears; hareḥ—of Hari; ekāntinām—of those exclusively devoted as exalted attendants; bhavaḥ—birth.
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira inquired: What kind of great curse could affect even liberated viṣṇu-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-gītā (8.16) the Lord clearly states, mām 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-gītā (4.9) Kṛṣṇa 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.” Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira, therefore, was surprised that a pure devotee could return to this material world. This is certainly a very important question.

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