Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 58: Krishna Marries Five Princesses – Verse 15 and 16 – by Vraj Bihari Das
tatravidhyac charair vyaghran
sukaran mahisan rurun
sarabhan gavayan khadgan
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:With his arrows Arjuna shot tigers, boars and buffalo in that forest, along with rurus, sarabhas, gavayas, rhinoceroses, black deer, rabbits and porcupines.
tan ninyuh kinkara rajñe
medhyan parvany upagate
bibhatsur yamunam agat
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:A crew of servants carried to King Yudhisthira the slain animals fit to be offered in sacrifice on some special occasion. Then, feeling thirsty and tired, Arjuna went to the bank of the Yamuna.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
As Srila Prabhupada often explained, the ksatriyas, or warriors, would hunt in the forest for several purposes: to practice their fighting skills, to control the population of ferocious beasts, who were a threat to human beings, and to provide animals for Vedic sacrifices. The killed animals would be given new bodies by the power of the sacrifices. Since priests no longer have that power, the sacrifices would now constitute mere killing and are thus forbidden.
In the Fourth Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam we find that the great sage Narada severely chastised King Pracinabarhisat for abusing this principle of authorized hunting. In fact, the King had become like modern sportsmen, who cruelly kill animals as a so-called hobby.
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