yady asau na nivarteta
nÄparÄdho 'sti dehinaá¸¥
má¹tyuá¸¥ - death; buddhi-matÄ - by an intelligent person; apohyaá¸¥ - should be avoided; yÄvat - as long as; buddhi-bala-udayam - intelligence and bodily strength are present; yadi - if; asau - that (death); na nivarteta - cannot be checked; na - not; aparÄdhaá¸¥ - offense; asti - there is; dehinaá¸¥ - of the person in danger of death.
It is natural for a person facing untimely death to try his best to save himself. This is oneâs duty. Although death is sure, everyone should try to avoid it and not meet death without opposition because every living soul is by nature eternal. Because death is a punishment imposed in the condemned life of material existence, the Vedic culture is based on avoiding death (tyaktvÄ dehaá¹ punar janma naiti). Everyone should try to avoid death and rebirth by cultivating spiritual life and should not submit to death without struggling to survive. One who is not trying to stop death is not an intelligent human being. Because DevakÄ« was face to face with imminent death, it was Vasudevaâs duty to save her, as he was trying his best to do. He therefore considered another way to approach Kaá¹sa so that DevakÄ« would be saved.