ÅrÄ«-Åukaá¸¥ uvÄca - ÅrÄ« Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« said; dharma-vyatikramaá¸¥ - the transgression of religious or moral principles; dá¹á¹£á¹aá¸¥ - seen; Ä«ÅvarÄá¹Äm - of powerful controllers; ca - even; sÄhasam - due to audacity; tejÄ«yasÄm - who are spiritually potent; na - does not; doá¹£Äya - (lead) to any fault; vahneá¸¥ - of fire; sarva - everything; bhujaá¸¥ - devouring; yathÄ - as.
Great, potent personalities are not ruined by an apparent transgression of moral principles. ÅrÄ«dhara SvÄmÄ« mentions the examples of BrahmÄ, Indra, Soma, ViÅvÄmitra and others. A fire devours all that is fed into it but the fire does not change its nature. Similarly, a great personality does not fall from his position by an irregularity in behavior. In the following verse, however, Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« makes it clear that if we try to imitate the great personalities ruling the universe, the result will be catastrophic.