iti te bhartr-nirdesam
tatha prajanam kadanam
iti—thus; te—they; bhartr—of the master; nirdesam—the direction; adaya—receiving; sirasa—with their heads; adrtah—respecting; tatha—so also; prajanam—of all the citizens; kadanam—persecution; vidadhuh—executed; kadana-priyah—who are expert in persecuting others.
Thus the demons, being fond of disastrous activities, took Hiranyakasipu’s instructions on their heads with great respect and offered him obeisances. According to his directions, they engaged in envious activities directed against all living beings.
The followers of demoniac principles, as described here, are thoroughly envious of the general populace. In the present day, scientific advancement exemplifies such envy. The discovery of nuclear energy has been disastrous to people in general because demons all over the world are manufacturing nuclear weapons. The word kadana-priyah is very significant in this regard. The demoniac persons who want to kill the Vedic culture are extremely envious of the feeble citizens, and they act in such a way that ultimately their discoveries will be inauspicious for everyone (jagato ’hitah). The Sixteenth Chapter of Bhagavad-gita fully explains how the demons engage in sinful activities for the destruction of the populace.
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