Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.17.4

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ŚB 1.17.4

पप्रच्छ रथमारूढ: कार्तस्वरपरिच्छदम् ।
मेघगम्भीरया वाचा समारोपितकार्मुक: ॥ ४ ॥
papraccha ratham ārūḍhaḥ
megha-gambhīrayā vācā


papraccha — inquired; ratham — chariot; ārūḍhaḥ — seated on; kārtasvara — gold; paricchadam — embossed with; megha— cloud; gambhīrayā — exonerating; vācā — sound; samāropita — well equipped; kārmukaḥ — arrows and bow.


Mahārāja Parīkṣit, well equipped with arrows and bow and seated on a gold-embossed chariot, spoke to him [the śūdra] with a deep voice sounding like thunder.


An administrative head or king like Mahārāja Parīkṣit, with full majestic authority, well equipped with weapons to chastise miscreants, can challenge the agents of the Age of Kali. Then only will it be possible to counteract the degraded age. And in the absence of such strong executive heads, there is always disruption of tranquillity. The elected show-bottle executive head, as representative of a degraded public, cannot be equal with a strong king like Mahārāja Parīkṣit. The dress or style of royal order does not count. It is one’s actions which are counted.

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