vyÄghraá¸¥ paÅum ivÄkhÄdat
evam - in this way; karuá¹a-bhÄá¹£iá¹yÄá¸¥ - while the brÄhmaá¹a's wife was speaking very pitiably; vilapantyÄá¸¥ - lamenting severely; anÄtha-vat - exactly like a woman who has no protector; vyÄghraá¸¥ - a tiger; paÅum - prey animal; iva - like; akhÄdat - ate up; saudÄsaá¸¥ - King SaudÄsa; ÅÄpa - by the curse; mohitaá¸¥ - because of being condemned.
This is an example of destiny. King SaudÄsa was condemned by the curse of Vasiá¹£á¹ha, and therefore even though he was well qualified he could not restrain himself from becoming a tigerlike RÄká¹£asa, for this was his destiny. Tal labhyate duá¸¥khavad anyataá¸¥ sukham (BhÄg. 1.5.18). As one is put into distress by destiny, destiny can also put one in a happy situation. Destiny is extremely strong, but one can change destiny if one comes to the platform of Ká¹á¹£á¹a consciousness. KarmÄá¹i nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhÄjÄm (Brahma-samhitÄ 5.54).