“Mother Earth, whether you
are concerned because you are not at the present moment very much strong
or very much able to give protection to the women and the children?” This
is Vedic civilization. You give protection to the women, to the children,
to the brähmaëa, to the cow, and to the old man. First duty.
First duty is to give protection to the old men, women, children, cow,
and brähmaëa. That is questioned in the next part, brahma-kule
kukarma, kukarmaëy abrahmaëye räja-kule. Brahma-kule. The
brähmaëas should be protected, but if there are, even in the
brähmaëa family, who are addicted to these sinful activities,
that is also becomes a concern. Similarly, if the royal family, or the
ruling class of men, they do not respect the brahminical culture, that
is also a subject matter of concern.
(A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 17th January
1974. Shrimad Bhagavatam lecture 1:16:21. Hawaii)