|Canto 7: The Science of God||Chapter 12: The Perfect Society: Four Spiritual Classes|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.12.22
cared vane dvādaśābdān
aṣṭau vā caturo muniḥ
dvāv ekaḿ vā yathā buddhir
na vipadyeta kṛcchrataḥ
caret — should remain; vane — in the forest; dvādaśa-abdān — twelve years; aṣṭau — for eight years; vā — either; caturaḥ — four years; muniḥ — a saintly, thoughtful man; dvau — two; ekam — one; vā — either; yathā — as well as; buddhiḥ — intelligence; na — not; vipadyeta — bewildered; kṛcchrataḥ — because of hard austerities.
Being very thoughtful, a vānaprastha should remain in the forest for twelve years, eight years, four years, two years or at least one year. He should behave in such a way that he will not be disturbed or troubled by too much austerity.
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