Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 31: Nārada Instructs the Pracetās

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.31.6

yad ādiṣṭaḿ bhagavatā

śivenādhokṣajena ca

tad gṛheṣu prasaktānāḿ

prāyaśaḥ kṣapitaḿ prabho


yat — what; ādiṣṭam — was instructed; bhagavatā — by the exalted personality; śivena — Lord Śiva; adhokṣajena — by Lord Viṣṇu; ca — also; tat — that; gṛheṣuto family affairs; prasaktānām — by us who were too much attached; prāyaśaḥ — almost; kṣapitam — forgotten; prabhoO master.


O master, may we inform you that because of our being overly attached to family affairs, we almost forgot the instructions we received from Lord Śiva and Lord Viṣṇu.


Remaining in family life is a kind of concession for sense enjoyment. One should know that sense enjoyment is not required, but one has to accept sense enjoyment inasmuch as one has to live. As confirmed in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (1.2.10): kāmasya nendriya-prītiḥ. One has to become a gosvāmī and control his senses. One should not simply use his senses for sense gratification; rather, the senses should be employed just as much as required for maintaining body and soul together. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī recommends: anāsaktasya viṣayān yathārham upayuñjataḥ. One should not be attached to sense objects, but should accept sense enjoyment as much as required, no more. If one wishes to enjoy the senses more than required, he becomes attached to family life, which means bondage. All the Pracetās admitted their fault in remaining in household life.

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