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SB 11.18.12

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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


yadā karma-vipākeṣu
lokeṣu nirayātmasu
virāgo jāyate samyaṅ
nyastāgniḥ pravrajet tataḥ


yadā—when; karma—by fruitive activities; vipākeṣu—in all that which is obtained; lokeṣu—including promotion to all the planets of the universe up to Brahmaloka; niraya-ātmasu—planets that are actually hellish, being material; virāgaḥ—detachment; jāyate—is born; samyak—completely; nyasta—giving up; agniḥ—the sacrificial fire of vānaprastha; pravrajet—one should take sannyāsa; tataḥ—at that point.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


If the vānaprastha, understanding that even promotion to Brahmaloka is a miserable situation, develops complete detachment from all possible results of fruitive activities, then he may take the sannyāsa order of life.

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