Canto 11: General HistoryChapter 8: The Story of Pińgalā

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.8.36

kiyat priyaḿ te vyabhajan

kāmā ye kāma- narāḥ

ādy-antavanto bhāryāyā

devā kāla-vidrutāḥ

SYNONYMS

kiyat — how much; priyam — actual happiness; te — they; vyabhajan — have provided; kāmāḥ — sense gratification; ye — and those; kāma-dāḥ — who give sense gratification; narāḥ — men; ādia beginning; anta — and an end; vantaḥ — having; bhāryāyāḥ — of a wife; devāḥ — the demigods; — or; kāla — by time; vidrutāḥ — separated and thus disturbed.

TRANSLATION

Men provide sense gratification for women, but all these men, and even the demigods in heaven, have a beginning and an end. They are all temporary creations who will be dragged away by time. Therefore how much actual pleasure or happiness could any of them ever give to their wives?

PURPORT

In this material world everyone is basically pursuing his personal sense gratification, and thus everyone is being ruined by the influence of time. On the material platform no one actually helps anyone else. So-called material love is simply a cheating process, as the lady Pińgalā is now discovering.

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