Canto 5: The Creative ImpetusChapter 8: A Description of the Character of Bharata Mahārāja

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.8.30

ity evaḿ nigūḍha-nirvedo visṛjya mṛgīḿ mātaraḿ punar bhagavat-kṣetram upaśama-śīla-muni-gaṇa-dayitaḿ śālagrāmaḿ pulastya-pulahāśramaḿ kālañjarāt pratyājagāma


iti — thus; evamin this way; nigūḍha — hidden; nirvedaḥ — completely unattached to material activities; visṛjya — giving up; mṛgīm — the deer; mātaram — its mother; punaḥ — again; bhagavat-kṣetram — the place where the Supreme Lord is worshiped; upaśama-śīla — completely detached from all material attachments; muni-gaṇa-dayitam — which is dear to the great saintly residents; śālagrāmam — the village known as Śālagrāma; pulastya-pulaha-āśramamto the āśrama conducted by such great sages as Pulastya and Pulaha; kālañjarāt — from the Kālañjara Mountain, where he had taken his birth in the womb of a deer; pratyājagāmahe came back.


Although Bharata Mahārāja received the body of a deer, by constant repentance he became completely detached from all material things. He did not disclose these things to anyone, but he left his mother deer in a place known as Kālañjara Mountain, where he was born. He again went to the forest of Śālagrāma and to the āśrama of Pulastya and Pulaha.


It is significant that Mahārāja Bharata, by the grace of Vāsudeva, remembered his past life. He did not waste a moment; he returned to Pulaha-āśrama to the village known as Śālagrāma. Association is very meaningful; therefore ISKCON tries to perfect one who enters the society. The members of this society should always remember that the society is not like a free hotel. All the members should be very careful to execute their spiritual duties so that whoever comes will automatically become a devotee and will be able to return back to Godhead in this very life. Although Bharata Mahārāja acquired the body of a deer, he again left his hearth and home, in this case the Mountain Kālañjara. No one should be captivated by his birthplace and family; one should take shelter of the association of devotees and cultivate Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

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