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SB 10.47.47

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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


paraṁ saukhyaṁ hi nairāśyaṁ
svairiṇy apy āha piṅgalā
taj jānatīnāṁ naḥ kṛṣṇe
tathāpy āśā duratyayā


param—the highest; saukhyam—happiness; hi—indeed; nairāśyam—indifference; svairiṇī—unchaste; api—although; āha—stated; piṅgalā—the prostitute Piṅgalā; tat—of that; jānatīnām—who are aware; naḥ—for us; kṛṣṇe—focused on Kṛṣṇa; tathā api—nevertheless; āsā—the hope; duratyayā—is impossible to transcend.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Indeed, the greatest happiness is to renounce all desires, as even the prostitute Piṅgalā has declared. Yet even though we know this, we cannot give up our hopes of attaining Kṛṣṇa.


The story of Piṅgalā is narrated in the Eleventh Canto, Eighth Chapter, of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

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