Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 12: The Perfect Society: Four Spiritual Classes

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.12.17

vānaprasthasya vakṣyāmi

niyamān muni-sammatān

yān āsthāya munir gacched

ṛṣi-lokam uhāñjasā


vānaprasthasya — of a person in the vānaprastha-āśrama (retired life); vakṣyāmiI shall now explain; niyamān — the rules and regulations; muni-sammatān — which are recognized by great munis, philosophers and saintly persons; yān — which; āsthāya — being situated in, or practicing; muniḥa saintly person; gacchet — is promoted; ṛṣi-lokamto the planetary system where the seers and munis go (Maharloka); uhaO King; añjasā — without difficulty.


O King, I shall now describe the qualifications for a vānaprastha, one who has retired from family life. By rigidly following the rules and regulations for the vānaprastha, one can easily be elevated to the upper planetary system known as Maharloka.

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