|Canto 11: General History||Chapter 17: Lord Kṛṣṇa's Description of the Varṇāśrama System|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.17.3-4
purā kila mahā-bāho
dharmaḿ paramakaḿ prabho
yat tena haḿsa-rūpeṇa
brahmaṇe 'bhyāttha mādhava
sa idānīḿ su-mahatā
na prāyo bhavitā martya-
loke prāg anuśāsitaḥ
purā — previously; kila — indeed; mahā-bāho — O mighty-armed one; dharmam — religious principles; paramakam — bringing the greatest happiness; prabho — my Lord; yat — which; tena — by that; haḿsa-rūpeṇa — in the form of Lord Haḿsa; brahmaṇe — unto Lord Brahmā; abhyāttha — You spoke; mādhava — my dear Mādhava; saḥ — that (knowledge of religious principles); idānīm — presently; su-mahatā — after very long; kālena — time; amitra-karśana — O subduer of the enemy; na — not; prāyaḥ — generally; bhavitā — will exist; martya-loke — in human society; prāk — previously; anuśāsitaḥ — instructed.
My dear Lord, O mighty-armed one, previously in Your form of Lord Haḿsa You spoke to Lord Brahmā those religious principles that bring supreme happiness to the practitioner. My dear Mādhava, now much time has passed, and that which You previously instructed will soon practically cease to exist, O subduer of the enemy.
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