Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 12: Dhruva Mahārāja Goes Back to Godhead

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.12.52

idaḿ mayā te 'bhihitaḿ kurūdvaha

dhruvasya vikhyāta-viśuddha-karmaṇaḥ

hitvārbhakaḥ krīḍanakāni mātur

gṛhaḿ ca viṣṇuḿ śaraṇaḿ yo jagāma


idam — this; mayā — by me; te — unto you; abhihitam — described; kuru-udvahaO great one among the Kurus; dhruvasya — of Dhruva; vikhyāta — very famous; viśuddha — very pure; karmaṇaḥ — whose activities; hitvā — giving up; arbhakaḥ — child; krīḍanakāni — toys and playthings; mātuḥ — of his mother; gṛham — home; ca — also; viṣṇumto Lord Viṣṇu; śaraṇam — shelter; yaḥ — one who; jagāma — went.


The transcendental activities of Dhruva Mahārāja are well known all over the world, and they are very pure. In childhood Dhruva Mahārāja rejected all kinds of toys and playthings, left the protection of his mother and seriously took shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Viṣṇu. My dear Vidura, I therefore conclude this narration, for I have described to you all its details.


It is said by Cāṇakya Paṇḍita that life is certainly short for everyone, but if one acts properly, his reputation will remain for a generation. As the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, is everlastingly famous, so the reputation of Lord Kṛṣṇa's devotee is also everlasting. Therefore in describing Dhruva Mahārāja's activities two specific words have been used — vikhyāta, very famous, and viśuddha, transcendental. Dhruva Mahārāja's leaving home at a tender age and taking shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the forest is a unique example in this world.

Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Fourth Canto, Twelfth Chapter, of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, entitled "Dhruva Mahārāja Goes Back to Godhead."

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