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SB 10.86.15

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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


yātrā-mātraṁ tv ahar ahar
daivād upanamaty uta
nādhikaṁ tāvatā tuṣṭaḥ
kriyā cakre yathocitāḥ


yātrā-mātram—bare maintenance; tu—and; ahaḥ ahaḥ—day after day; daivāt—due to his fate; upanamati—came to him; uta—indeed; na adhikam—no more; tāvatā—with that much; tuṣṭaḥ—satisfied; kriyāḥ—duties; cakre—he did; yathā—as; ucitāḥ—appropriate.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


By the will of Providence he obtained each day just what he needed for his maintenance, and no more. Satisfied with this much, he properly executed his religious duties.


An ideal Vaiṣṇava brāhmaṇa, even if encumbered by the ties of family life, should work only as hard as required to meet his obligations. Without being unnecessarily agitated for material advancement, he should devote the best part of his time and assets to his higher duties in the Supreme Lord's service. If a householder can succeed in this program despite the unavoidable difficulties of this degraded age, he can expect Lord Kṛṣṇa's personal attention, as will be seen in the case of Śrutadeva, the perfect brāhmaṇa of Mithilā.

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