|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 23: The Brāhmaṇas' Wives Blessed|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.23.40
dhig janma nas tri-vṛd yat tad
dhig vrataḿ dhig bahu-jñatām
dhik kulaḿ dhik kriyā-dākṣyaḿ
vimukhā ye tv adhokṣaje
dhik — to hell; janma — with the birth; naḥ — our; tri-vṛt — threefold (the first from the physical parents, the second at the time of brahminical initiation, and the third at the time of initiation into the performances of Vedic sacrifice); yat tat — whatever; dhik — to hell; vratam — with our vow (of celibacy); dhik — to hell; bahu-jñatām — with our extensive knowledge; dhik — to hell; kulam — with our aristocratic lineage; dhik — to hell; kriyā-dākṣyam — with our expertise in ritualistic activities; vimukhaḥ — inimical; ye — who; tu — however; adhokṣaje — to the transcendental Personality of Godhead.
[The brāhmaṇas said:] To hell with our threefold birth, our vow of celibacy and our extensive learning! To hell with our aristocratic background and our expertise in the rituals of sacrifice! These are all condemned because we were inimical to the transcendental Personality of Godhead.
As explained in the definitions above, the words tri-vṛḍ janma, or "threefold birth," refer to 1) physical birth, 2) brahminical initiation and 3) initiation into the performance of Vedic sacrifice. Everything is useless if one is ignorant of the Absolute Truth, the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa.
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