Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.17.35

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ŚB 1.17.35

सूत उवाच
परीक्षितैवमादिष्ट: स कलिर्जातवेपथु: ।
तमुद्यतासिमाहेदं दण्डपाणिमिवोद्यतम् ॥ ३५ ॥
sūta uvāca
parīkṣitaivam ādiṣṭaḥ
sa kalir jāta-vepathuḥ
tam udyatāsim āhedaṁ
daṇḍa-pāṇim ivodyatam

Synonyms

sūtaḥ uvāca — Śrī Sūta Gosvāmī said; parīkṣitā — by Mahārāja Parīkṣit; evam — thus; ādiṣṭaḥ — being ordered; saḥ — he; kaliḥ — the personality of Kali; jāta — there was; vepathuḥ — trembling; tam — him; udyata — raised; asim — sword; āha— said; idam — thus; daṇḍapāṇim — Yamarāja, the personality of death; iva — like; udyatam — almost ready.

Translation

Śrī Sūta Gosvāmī said: The personality of Kali, thus being ordered by Mahārāja Parīkṣit, began to tremble in fear. Seeing the King before him like Yamarāja, ready to kill him, Kali spoke to the King as follows.

Purport

The King was ready to kill the personality of Kali at once, as soon as he disobeyed his order. Otherwise the King had no objection to allowing him to prolong his life. The personality of Kali also, after attempting to get rid of the punishment in various ways, decided that he must surrender unto him, and thus he began to tremble in fear of his life. The king, or the executive head, must be so strong as to stand before the personality of Kali like the personality of death, Yamarāja. The King’s order must be obeyed, otherwise the culprit’s life is in risk. That is the way to rule the personalities of Kali who create disturbance in the normal life of the state citizens.

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