Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 16: Executing the Payo-vrata Process of Worship

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.16.11

śrī-aditir uvāca

bhadraḿ dvija-gavāḿ brahman

dharmasyāsya janasya ca

tri-vargasya paraḿ kṣetraḿ

gṛhamedhin gṛhā ime


śrī-aditiḥ uvācaŚrīmatī Aditi said; bhadram — all auspiciousness; dvija-gavām — of the brāhmaṇas and the cows; brahmanO brāhmaṇa; dharmasya asya — of the religious principles mentioned in śāstra; janasya — of the people in general; ca — and; tri-vargasya — of the three processes of elevation (dharma, artha and kāma); param — the supreme; kṣetram — field; gṛhamedhinO my husband, who are attached to household life; gṛhāḥ — your home; ime — all these things.


Aditi said: O my respected brāhmaṇa husband, all is well with the brāhmaṇas, the cows, religion and the welfare of other people. O master of the house, the three principles of dharma, artha and kāma flourish in household life, which is consequently full of good fortune.


In household life one can develop the three principles of religion, economic development and sense gratification according to the regulations given in the śāstras, but to attain liberation one must give up household life and place himself in the transcendental renounced order. Kaśyapa Muni was not in the renounced order of life. Therefore he is addressed here once as brahman and another time as gṛhamedhin. Aditi, his wife, assured him that as far as household life was concerned, everything was going nicely, and the brāhmaṇas and cows were being honored and protected. In other words, there were no disturbances; household life was duly progressing.

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