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CC Madhya 24.256

Text

vyādha kahe, — ‘yei kaha, sei ta’ kariba’
nārada kahe, — ‘dhanuka bhāṅga, tabe se kahiba’

Synonyms

vyādha kahe — the hunter replied; yei kaha — whatever you say; sei takariba — that I shall do; nārada kahe — Nārada Muni replied; dhanuka bhāṅga — break your bow; tabe — then; se kahiba — I shall speak to you.

Translation

“The hunter then said, ‘My dear sir, whatever you say I shall do.’

Purport

“Nārada immediately ordered him, ‘First of all, break your bow. Then I shall tell you what is to be done.’

This is the process of initiation. The disciple must vow that he will no longer commit sinful activity — namely illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling and intoxication. He promises to execute the order of the spiritual master. Then the spiritual master takes care of him and elevates him to spiritual emancipation.