I learnt that women got menstruation for taking 1/4th of Indra's sin of Brahmahatya. What curse did the other three entities get?

  • What is the difference b/w Earth and Land. I believe instead of Land it should be Trees. And curse is also similar like milk oozing out from Trees, cracks in Earth, unbalanced waves in Ocean etc.
    – YDS
    Nov 30, 2017 at 3:12
  • My mistake. I meant the trees. Nov 30, 2017 at 3:15

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This is partially addressed here in this question .

The story of Indra killing Vishwroopa is described in Bhagavatam Canto 6.

Curse for Earth/Land:SB 6.9.7

In return for King Indra’s benediction that ditches in the earth would be filled automatically, the land accepted one fourth of the sinful reactions for killing a brāhmaṇa. Because of those sinful reactions, we find many deserts on the surface of the earth.

Curse for trees:SB 6.9.8

In return for Indra’s benediction that their branches and twigs would grow back when trimmed, the trees accepted one fourth of the reactions for killing a brāhmaṇa. These reactions are visible in the flowing of sap from trees. [Therefore one is forbidden to drink this sap.]

Curse for water:SB 6.9.10

And in return for King Indra’s benediction that water would increase the volume of other substances with which it was mixed, water accepted one fourth of the sinful reactions. Therefore there are bubbles and foam in water. When one collects water, these should be avoided.

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    Thank you for your explanation. It helped clarify my question. Nov 30, 2017 at 5:46
  • Can you please explain me the curse for tress? I'm unable to understand what this verse is saying.
    – user6981
    Feb 6, 2018 at 10:42
  • @KrishnaShweta The liquid which comes out of stem of tree when stem is damaged by a weapon is due to Indra's sin. Feb 6, 2018 at 12:06
  • 'Therefore one is forbidden to drink this sap'--wherefrom is this part coming? Its not in the text.Is it mentioned in some other scripture? The translation by MBD does not write this partvat all BTW.
    – user17294
    Apr 2, 2019 at 19:37
  • @pratimaputra that they have added. Thats why its in bracket. Apr 3, 2019 at 1:52

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