Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 14: The Story of King Vena

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.14.15

dharma ācaritaḥ puḿsāḿ


lokān viśokān vitaraty

athānantyam asańginām


dharmaḥ — religious principles; ācaritaḥ — executed; puḿsāmto persons; vāk — by words; manaḥ — mind; kāya — body; buddhibhiḥ — and by intelligence; lokān — the planets; viśokān — without misery; vitarati — bestow; atha — certainly; ānantyam — unlimited happiness, liberation; asańgināmto those free from material influence.


Those who live according to religious principles and who follow them by words, mind, body and intelligence are elevated to the heavenly kingdom, which is devoid of all miseries. Being thus rid of the material influence, they achieve unlimited happiness in life.


The saintly sages herein instruct that the king or head of government should set an example by living a religious life. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā, religion means worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One should not simply make a show of religious life, but should perform devotional service perfectly with words, mind, body and good intelligence. By doing so, not only will the king or government head rid himself of the contamination of the material modes of nature, but the general public will also, and they will all become gradually elevated to the kingdom of God and go back home, back to Godhead. The instructions given herein serve as a summary of how the head of government should execute his ruling power and thus attain happiness not only in this life but also in the life after death.

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