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SB 10.52.33

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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


viprān sva-lābha-santuṣṭān
sādhūn bhūta-suhṛttamān
nirahaṅkāriṇaḥ śāntān
namasye śirasāsakṛt


viprān—to the learned brāhmaṇas; sva—their own; lābha—by the gain; santuṣṭān—satisfied; sādhūn—saintly; bhūta—of all living beings; suhṛt-tamān—the best well-wishing friends; nirahaṅkāriṇaḥ—devoid of false ego; śāntān—peaceful; namasye—I bow down; śirasā—with My head; asakṛt—again and again.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


I repeatedly bow My head in respect to those brāhmaṇas who are satisfied with their lot. Saintly, prideless and peaceful, they are the best well-wishers of all living beings.


Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī explains that sva-lābha also means "achieving one's self," or, in other words, self-realization. Thus an advanced brāhmaṇa is always satisfied with his spiritual understanding, never depending on material formalities or facilities.

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