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SB 12.3.38

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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


śūdrāḥ pratigrahīṣyanti
dharmaṁ vakṣyanty adharma-jñā


śūdrāḥ—lowly, common workers; pratigrahīṣyanti—will accept religious charity; tapaḥ—by shows of austerity; veṣa—and by dressing as mendicants; upajīvinaḥ—earning their living; dharmam—the principles of religion; vakṣyanti—will speak about; adharma-jñāḥ—those who know nothing about religion; adhiruhya—mounting; uttama-āsanam—a high seat.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Uncultured men will accept charity on behalf of the Lord and will earn their livelihood by making a show of austerity and wearing a mendicant's dress. Those who know nothing about religion will mount a high seat and presume to speak on religious principles.


The epidemic of bogus gurus, swamis, priests and so forth is explicitly described here.

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