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SB 12.12.49

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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


mṛṣā giras tā hy asatīr asat-kathā
na kathyate yad bhagavān adhokṣajaḥ
tad eva satyaṁ tad u haiva maṅgalaṁ
tad eva puṇyaṁ bhagavad-guṇodayam


mṛṣāḥ—false; giraḥ—words; tāḥ—they; hi—indeed; asatīḥ—untrue; asat-kathāḥ—useless discussions of that which is not eternal; na kathyate—is not discussed; yat—wherein; bhagavān—the Personality of Godhead; adhokṣajaḥ—the transcendental Lord; tat—that; eva—alone; satyam—true; tat—that; u ha—indeed; eva—alone; maṅgalam—auspicious; tat—that; eva—alone; puṇyam—pious; bhagavat-guṇa—the qualities of the Supreme Personality; udayam—which manifests.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Words that do not describe the transcendental Personality of Godhead but instead deal with temporary matters are simply false and useless. Only those words that manifest the transcendental qualities of the Supreme Lord are actually truthful, auspicious and pious.


Sooner or later, all material literature and discussion must fail the test of time. On the other hand, the transcendental descriptions of the Supreme Lord can free us from the bondage of illusion and restore us to our eternal status as loving servants of the Lord. Although men who are like animals may criticize the glorification of the Absolute Truth, those who are civilized should go on vigorously propagating the transcendental glories of the Lord.

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