Canto 11: General HistoryChapter 8: The Story of Pińgalā

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.8.17

grāmya-gītaḿ na śṛṇuyād

yatir vana-caraḥ kvacit

śikṣeta hariṇād baddhān

mṛgayor gīta-mohitāt


grāmya — relating to sense gratification; gītam — songs; na — not; śṛṇuyāthe should hear; yatiḥa saintly mendicant; vanain the forest; caraḥ — moving; kvacit — ever; śikṣeta — one should learn; hariṇāt — from the deer; baddhāt — bound up; mṛgayoḥ — of the hunter; gīta — by the song; mohitāt — bewildered.


A saintly person dwelling in the forest in the renounced order of life should never listen to songs or music promoting material enjoyment. Rather, a saintly person should carefully study the example of the deer, who is bewildered by the sweet music of the hunter's horn and is thus captured and killed.


If one becomes attached to the sense gratification of materialistic music and songs, one will develop all the features of material entanglement. One should hear Bhagavad-gītā, or the song sung by the Supreme Lord.

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