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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Verse 12

Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 8 Verse 12: "Canto 1: Creation Chapter 8: Prayers by Queen Kuntī and Parīkṣit Saved
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.8.12

tarhy evātha muni-śreṣṭha

pāṇḍavāḥ pañca sāyakān

ātmano 'bhimukhān dīptān

ālakṣyāstrāṇy upādaduḥ


tarhi — then; eva — also; atha — therefore; muni-śreṣṭha — O chief amongst the munis; pāṇḍavāḥ — all the sons of Pāṇḍu; pañca — five; sāyakān — weapons; ātmanaḥ — own selves; abhimukhān — towards; dīptān — glaring; ālakṣya — seeing it; astrāṇi — weapons; upādaduḥ — took up.


O foremost among the great thinkers [munis] [Śaunaka], seeing the glaring brahmāstra proceeding towards them, the Pāṇḍavas took up their five respective weapons.


The brahmāstras are finer than the nuclear weapons. Aśvatthāmā discharged the brahmāstra simply to kill the Pāṇḍavas, namely the five brothers headed by Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira and their only grandson, who was lying within the womb of Uttarā. Therefore the brahmāstra, more effective and finer than the atomic weapons, was not as blind as the atomic bombs. When the atomic bombs are discharged they do not discriminate between the target and others. Mainly the atomic bombs do harm to the innocent because there is no control. The brahmāstra is not like that. It marks out the target and proceeds accordingly without harming the innocent.
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