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SB 11.18.40-41

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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

TEXTS 40-41

yas tv asaṁyata-ṣaḍ-vargaḥ
tri-daṇḍam upajīvati
surān ātmānam ātma-sthaṁ
nihnute māṁ ca dharma-hā
avipakva-kaṣāyo 'smād
amuṣmāc ca vihīyate


yaḥ—one who; tu—but; asaṁyata—having not controlled; ṣaṭ—the six; vargaḥ—items of contamination; pracaṇḍa—fierce; indriya—of the senses; sārathiḥ—the driver, intelligence; jñāna—of knowledge; vairāgya—and detachment; rahitaḥ—bereft; tri-daṇḍam—the sannyāsa order of life; upajīvati—utilizing for one's bodily maintenance; surān—the worshipable demigods; ātmānam—his own self; ātma-stham—situated within himself; nihnute—denies; mām—Me; ca—also; dharmahā—ruining religious principles; avipakva—not yet dissolved; kaṣāyaḥ—contamination; asmāt—from this world; amuṣmāt—from the next life; ca—also; vihīyate—he is lost, deviated.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


One who has not controlled the six forms of illusion [lust, anger, greed, excitement, false pride and intoxication], whose intelligence, the leader of the senses, is extremely attached to material things, who is bereft of knowledge and detachment, who adopts the sannyāsa order of life to make a living, who denies the worshipable demigods, his own self and the Supreme Lord within himself, thus ruining all religious principles, and who is still infected by material contamination, is deviated and lost both in this life and the next.


Lord Kṛṣṇa here condemns bogus personalities who adopt the sannyāsa order of life for sense gratification while still maintaining all of the symptoms of gross illusion. A false show of sannyāsa is never accepted by intelligent followers of Vedic principles. So-called sannyāsīs who ruin all Vedic religious principles sometimes become famous among foolish persons, but they are simply cheating themselves and their followers. These charlatan sannyāsīs are never actually engaged in the loving devotional service of Lord Kṛṣṇa.

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