Canto 11: General HistoryChapter 17: Lord Kṛṣṇa's Description of the Varṇāśrama System

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.17.54

itthaḿ parimṛśan mukto

gṛheṣv atithi-vad vasan

na gṛhair anubadhyeta

nirmamo nirahańkṛtaḥ


ittham — thus; parimṛśan — deeply considering; muktaḥa liberated soul; gṛheṣu — at home; atithi-vat — just like a guest; vasan — living; na — not; gṛhaiḥ — by the domestic situation; anubadhyeta — should become bound; nirmamaḥ — without any sense of personal proprietorship; nirahańkṛtaḥ — without false ego.


Deeply considering the actual situation, a liberated soul should live at home just like a guest, without any sense of proprietorship or false ego. In this way he will not be bound or entangled by domestic affairs.


The word mukta, or "liberated," refers to one freed from all material attachment. In this status, called mukta-sańga, one no longer identifies oneself as a permanent resident of the material world. This liberated status may be attained even by one situated in family life. The only requirement is that one should take up a serious program of kṛṣṇa-sańkīrtana, which includes constant chanting of the holy names of the Lord, worship of the Deity and participation in the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Without a serious program of kṛṣṇa-sańkīrtana it is very difficult to give up the iron shackles of attachment to women and the byproducts of such attachment.

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