Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 33: Activities of Kapila

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.33.13

cāpi tanayoktena

yogādeśena yoga-yuk

tasminn āśrama āpīḍe

sarasvatyāḥ samāhitā

SYNONYMS

— she; ca — and; api — also; tanaya — by her son; uktena — spoken; yoga-ādeśena — by the instruction on yoga; yoga-yuk — engaged in bhakti-yoga; tasminin that; āśrame — hermitage; āpīḍe — the flower crown; sarasvatyāḥ — of the Sarasvatī; samāhitā — fixed in samādhi.

TRANSLATION

As instructed by her son, Devahūti also began to practice bhakti-yoga in that very āśrama. She practiced samādhi in the house of Kardama Muni, which was so beautifully decorated with flowers that it was considered the flower crown of the River Sarasvatī.

PURPORT

Devahūti did not leave her house, because it is never recommended for a woman to leave her home. She is dependent. The very example of Devahūti was that when she was not married, she was under the care of her father, Svāyambhuva Manu, and then Svāyambhuva Manu gave her to Kardama Muni in charity. She was under the care of her husband in her youth, and then her son, Kapila Muni, was born. As soon as her son grew up, her husband left home, and similarly the son, after discharging His duty towards His mother, also left. She could also have left home, but she did not. Rather, she remained at home and began to practice bhakti-yoga as it was instructed by her great son, Kapila Muni, and because of her practice of bhakti-yoga, the entire home became just like a flower crown on the River Sarasvatī.

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