SB 10.4.22


yāvad dhato ‘smi hantāsmī-
ty ātmānaṁ manyate ‘sva-dṛk
tāvat tad-abhimāny ajño
bādhya-bādhakatām iyāt


yāvatplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigyāvat

as; as far; as far as; as far as possible; as high as; as it is; as it may be; as long as; as long or as far as; as much as; during; just as; minimum; so long; so long as; so much as; the whole; until; until the time; whatever; when; while.
—as long as; hataḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bighatah

being killed; being spoiled; curbed; destroyed; has been killed; killed; slain; struck; was killed; wounded by.
asmiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigasmi

am; I; I am; I have been.
—I am now being killed (by others); hantāplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bighanta

addressing them; alas; also; just see; O Nārada; oh; yes.
asmiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigasmi

am; I; I am; I have been.
—I am the killer (of others); itiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigiti

thus; all these; also; and so on; as; as such; considering all these things; considering in that way; here; in this way (after giving everything to the brāhmaṇas); in this way; it is thus; known by these names; like that; like this; so it is; such; taking it as; that; therefore; they; this; thus (Hariścandra said); thus (saying out of contempt); thus (thinking in the above-mentioned way); thus (thinking); thus; thus accepted; thus accepting the words of Lord Brahmā; thus deciding; thus stated; thus thinking; thus vituperating.
—thus; ātmānamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigatmanam

and of the mind; by His energies; living entities; mind; most dear; of all living entities; of all other souls; of all the living entities; of men; of such a mind; of the body; of the living entities; of the people; of the subtle body; of those whose minds; the mind; thus inclined; whose minds are absorbed.
—own self; manyateplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigmanyate

consider; considers; do speculate within the mind; does not mind; he considers; he thinks; is accepted; she thinks; think; thinks; would be considered; you are thinking; You think so.
—he considers; aplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biga

even up to; from all sides; up to the limit of.
-svaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigsva

by himself; by your own; his; his own; in his own; of one's own; of their own; one's own; own; personal, internal; personal, own; with his wealth.
-dṛkplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigdṛk

all directions; eyes; internal potency; of sight; of the eyes; sight; the power of vision; the sense for seeing; the sense of sight; the very sight; the vision; vision; whose vision.
—one who has not seen himself (because of the darkness of the bodily conception of life); tāvatplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtāvat

as long as (I am engaged in the matter of killing Viṣṇu); as long as; as long as you are not in the post of Lord Indra; as soon as; at once; at that time; entirely; for so long; for that duration of time; for that long; for the time being; immediately; in that way; in the meantime; similarly; since being cursed; so long; so many; so much; so much also; that long; that much; that time; then; to that extent; until that; until that time; until then; up to such; up to that time; very quickly.
—for that long; tatplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtat

establishment of the statement tat tvam asi.
-abhimānīplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigabhimānī

so widely respected all over the world; too much absorbed.
—regarding himself as the killed or the killer; ajñaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigajnah

a fool; a foolish animal; a foolish person; a person not aware of the real fact; an ignorant living being; at the same time foolish; being foolish; foolish; fools who have no knowledge in standard scriptures; less intelligent persons; one who is not properly conversant; the foolish; the foolish King; this fool; without perfect knowledge.
—a foolish person; bādhyaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbādhya

obligation; obligatory.
-bādhakatāmplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbādhakatām

the condition of being obliged.
—the worldly transaction of being obliged to execute some responsibility; iyātplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigiyat

all the five causes of creation; this much.


In the bodily conception of life, one remains in darkness, without self-realization, thinking, “I am being killed” or “I have killed my enemies.” As long as a foolish person thus considers the self to be the killer of the killed, he continues to be responsible for material obligations, and consequently he suffers the reactions of happiness and distress. 


By the grace of the Lord, Kaṁsa felt sincere regret for having unnecessarily persecuted such Vaiṣṇavas as Devakī and Vasudeva, and thus he came to the transcendental stage of knowledge. “Because I am situated on the platform of knowledge,” Kaṁsa said, “understanding that I am not at all the killer of your sons, I have no responsibility for their death. As long as I thought that I would be killed by your son, I was in ignorance, but now I am free from this ignorance, which was due to a bodily conception of life.” As stated in Bhagavad-gītā (Bg. 18.17)plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 18.17

One who is not motivated by false ego, whose intelligence is not entangled, though he kills men in this world, is not the slayer. Nor is he bound by his actions.

yasya nāhaṅkṛto bhāvo
buddhir yasya na lipyate
hatvāpi sa imāḹ lokān
na hanti na nibadhyate

“One who is not motivated by false ego, whose intelligence is not entangled, though he kills men in this world, is not the slayer. Nor is he bound by his actions.” According to this axiomatic truth, Kaṁsa pleaded that he was not responsible for having killed the sons of Devakī and Vasudeva. “Please try to excuse me for such false, external activities,” he said, “and be pacified with this same knowledge.”