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SB 10.23.40

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


dhig janma nas tri-vṛd yat tad
dhig vrataṁ dhig bahu-jñatām
dhik kulaṁ dhik kriyā-dākṣyaṁ
vimukhā ye tv adhokṣaje


dhik—to hell; janma—with the birth; naḥ—our; tri-vṛt—threefold (the first from the physical parents, the second at the time of brahminical initiation, and the third at the time of initiation into the performances of Vedic sacrifice); yat tat—whatever; dhik—to hell; vratam—with our vow (of celibacy); dhik—to hell; bahu-jñatām—with our extensive knowledge; dhik—to hell; kulam—with our aristocratic lineage; dhik—to hell; kriyā-dākṣyam—with our expertise in ritualistic activities; vimukhaḥ—inimical; ye—who; tu—however; adhokṣaje—to the transcendental Personality of Godhead.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


[The brāhmaṇas said:] To hell with our threefold birth, our vow of celibacy and our extensive learning! To hell with our aristocratic background and our expertise in the rituals of sacrifice! These are all condemned because we were inimical to the transcendental Personality of Godhead.


As explained in the definitions above, the words tri-vṛḍ janma, or "threefold birth," refer to 1) physical birth, 2) brahminical initiation and 3) initiation into the performance of Vedic sacrifice. Everything is useless if one is ignorant of the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa.

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