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SB 11.20.14

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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


etad vidvān purā mṛtyor
abhavāya ghaṭeta saḥ
apramatta idaṁ jñātvā
martyam apy artha-siddhi-dam


etat—this; vidvān—knowing; purā—before; mṛtyoḥ—death; abhavāya—to transcend material existence; ghaṭeta—should act; saḥ—he; apramattaḥ—without laziness or foolishness; idam—this; jñātvā—knowing; martyam—subject to death; api—even though; artha—of the goal of life; siddhi-dam—giving the perfection.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


A wise person, knowing that although the material body is subject to death it can still award the perfection of one's life, should not foolishly neglect to take advantage of this opportunity before death arrives.

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