Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda
- vaiśya-vṛttyā tu rājanyo
- jīven mṛgayayāpadi
- cared vā vipra-rūpeṇa
- na śva-vṛttyā kathañcana
vaiśya—of the mercantile class; vṛttyā—by the occupation; tu—indeed; rājanyaḥ—a king; jīvet—may maintain himself; mṛgayayā—by hunting; āpadi—in an emergency or disastrous situation; caret—may act; vā—or; vipra-rūpeṇa—in the form of a brāhmaṇa; na—never; śva—of the dog; vṛttyā—by the profession; kathañcana—in any circumstance.
Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda
A king or other member of the royal order who cannot maintain himself by his normal occupation may act as a vaiśya, may live by hunting or may act as a brāhmaṇa by teaching others Vedic knowledge. But he may not under any circumstances adopt the profession of a śūdra.