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SB 11.17.14

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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

TEXT 14

gṛhāśramo jaghanato
brahmacaryaṁ hṛdo mama
vakṣaḥ-sthalād vane-vāsaḥ
sannyāsaḥ śirasi sthitaḥ


SYNONYMS

gṛha-āśramaḥ—married life; jaghanataḥ—from the loins; brahmacaryam—celibate student life; hṛdaḥ—from the heart; mama—My; vakṣaḥ-sthalāt—from the chest; vane—in the forest; vāsaḥ—dwelling; sannyāsaḥ—the renounced order of life; śirasi—in the head; sthitaḥ—situated.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


TRANSLATION

The married order of life appeared from the loins of My universal form, and the celibate students came from My heart. The forest-dwelling retired order of life appeared from My chest, and the renounced order of life was situated within the head of My universal form.


PURPORT

There are two classes of brahmacārī life. The naiṣṭhiki-brahmacārī remains celibate throughout life, whereas the upakurvāṇa-brahmacārī marries upon finishing his student life. One who remains perpetually celibate is situated within the heart of Lord Kṛṣṇa, but those brahmacārīs who eventually marry are situated within the loins of the universal form of the Lord. The word vane-vāsaḥ refers to vānaprastha, or the retired order of life, which is situated on the chest of the Lord.



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