Most Miserable Persons - Part 3

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Most Miserable Persons", wherein we were meditating on verse 11.11.19 of Srimad Bhagavatam. In this verse  Lord Krishna gives us the list of miserable persons. So far we saw two types of miserable persons. Now we shall see further here.

3. Asat prajāṁ rakṣati A man who maintains useless children: When King Yayati asks his son Puru to give his youth in exchange to his old age, Puru says in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 9.18.44,

uttamaś cintitaṁ kuryāt prokta-kārī tu madhyamaḥ
adhamo ’śraddhayā kuryād akartoccaritaṁ pituḥ

A son who acts by anticipating what his father wants him to do is first class, one who acts upon receiving his father's order is second class, and one who executes his father's order irreverently is third class. But a son who refuses his father's order is like his father's stool.

Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport that, "One Indian poet has spoken of putra and mūtra. putra means "son," and mūtra means "urine." Both a son and urine come from the same genitals. If a son is an obedient devotee of the Lord, he is called putra, or a real son; otherwise, if he is not learned and is not a devotee, a son is nothing better than urine." In Niti shastra Chanakya Pandit says,

ko ’rthaḥ putreṇa jātena yo na vidvān na dhārmikaḥ
kāṇena cakṣuṣā kiṁ vā cakṣuḥ pīḍaiva kevalam

What is the value of a son who is neither learned nor religious? Such a son is compared to a blind eye that is only a source of pain.

Krishna willing, we shall continue on this topic in the subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.