Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 13: The Behavior of a Perfect Person

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.13.2

bibhṛyād yady asau vāsaḥ

kaupīnācchādanaḿ param

tyaktaḿ na lińgād daṇḍāder

anyat kiñcid anāpadi


bibhṛyāt — one should use; yadi — if; asaua person in the renounced order; vāsaḥa garment or covering; kaupīnaa loincloth (just to cover the private parts); ācchādanam — for covering; param — that much only; tyaktam — given up; na — not; lińgāt — than the distinguishing marks of a sannyāsī; daṇḍa-ādeḥ — like the rod (tridaṇḍa); anyat — other; kiñcit — anything; anāpadiin ordinary undisturbed times.


A person in the renounced order of life may try to avoid even a dress to cover himself. If he wears anything at all, it should be only a loincloth, and when there is no necessity, a sannyāsī should not even accept a daṇḍa. A sannyāsī should avoid carrying anything but a daṇḍa and kamaṇḍalu.

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