rser bhagavato bhutva
sisyo ’dhitya bahuni ca
na gunaya bhavanti sma
Although he is a disciple of the divine sage Vyasa and has thoroughly learned many scriptures from him, including the lawbooks of religious duties and the epic histories and Puranas, all this study has not produced good qualities in him. Rather, his study of the scriptures is like an actor’s studying his part, for he is not self-controlled or humble and vainly presumes himself a scholarly authority, though he has failed to conquer his own mind.
One might argue that Romaharsana committed an innocent mistake when he failed to recognize Lord Balarama, but such an argument is refuted here by Lord Balarama’s strong criticism.