vyaghrah pasum ivakhadat
evam—in this way; karuna-bhasinyah—while the brahmana’s wife was speaking very pitiably; vilapantyah—lamenting severely; anatha-vat—exactly like a woman who has no protector; vyaghrah—a tiger; pasum—prey animal; iva—like; akhadat—ate up; saudasah—King Saudasa; sapa—by the curse; mohitah—because of being condemned.
Being condemned by the curse of Vasistha, King Saudasa devoured the brahmana, exactly as a tiger eats its prey. Even though the brahmana’s wife spoke so pitiably, Saudasa was unmoved by her lamentation.
This is an example of destiny. King Saudasa was condemned by the curse of Vasistha, and therefore even though he was well qualified he could not restrain himself from becoming a tigerlike Raksasa, for this was his destiny. Tal labhyate duhkhavad anyatah sukham (Bhag. 1.5.18). As one is put into distress by destiny, destiny can also put one in a happy situation. Destiny is extremely strong, but one can change destiny if one comes to the platform of Krsna consciousness. Karmani nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhajam (Brahma-samhita 5.54).
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