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SB 10.48.31

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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


na hy am-mayāni tīrthāni
na devā mṛc-chilā-mayāḥ
te punanty uru-kālena
darśanād eva sādhavaḥ


na—not; hi—indeed; ap-mayāni—made of water; tīrthāni—holy places; na—such is not the case; devāḥ—deities; mṛt—of earth; śilā—and stone; mayāḥ—made; te—they; punanti—purify; uru-kālena—after a long time; darśanāt—by being seen; eva—only; sādhavaḥ—saints.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


No one can deny that there are holy places with sacred rivers, or that the demigods appear in deity forms made of earth and stone. But these purify the soul only after a long time, whereas saintly persons purify just by being seen.

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