Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 12: The Perfect Society: Four Spiritual Classes

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.12.23

yadākalpaḥ sva-kriyāyāḿ

vyādhibhir jarayāthavā

ānvīkṣikyāḿ vidyāyāḿ

kuryād anaśanādikam

SYNONYMS

yadā — when; akalpaḥ — unable to act; sva-kriyāyāmin one's own prescribed duties; vyādhibhiḥ — because of disease; jarayā — or because of old age; athavā — either; ānvīkṣikyāmin spiritual advancement; — or; vidyāyāmin the advancement of knowledge; kuryāt — one must do; anaśana-ādikam — not take sufficient food.

TRANSLATION

When because of disease or old age one is unable to perform his prescribed duties for advancement in spiritual consciousness or study of the Vedas, he should practice fasting, not taking any food.

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