ye ’rjunasya suta rajan
smarantah sva-pitur vadham
lebhire sarma na kvacit
ye—those who; arjunasya—of Kartaviryarjuna; sutah—sons; rajan—O Maharaja Pariksit; smarantah—always remembering; sva-pituh vadham—their father’s having been killed (by Parasurama); rama-virya-parabhutah—defeated by the superior power of Lord Parasurama; lebhire—achieved; sarma—happiness; na—not; kvacit—at any time.
My dear King Pariksit, the sons of Kartaviryarjuna, who were defeated by the superior strength of Parasurama, never achieved happiness, for they always remembered the killing of their father.
Jamadagni was certainly very powerful due to his austerities, but because of a slight offense by his poor wife, Renuka, he ordered that she be killed. This certainly was a sinful act, and therefore Jamadagni was killed by the sons of Kartaviryarjuna, as described herein. Lord Parasurama was also infected by sin because of killing Kartaviryarjuna, although this was not very offensive. Therefore, whether one be Kartaviryarjuna, Lord Parasurama, Jamadagni or whoever one may be, one must act very cautiously and sagaciously; otherwise one must suffer the results of sinful activities. This is the lesson we receive from Vedic literature.
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