Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 16: King Citraketu Meets the Supreme Lord

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.16.60

sukhāya duḥkha-mokṣāya

kurvāte dampatī kriyāḥ

tato 'nivṛttir aprāptir

duḥkhasya ca sukhasya ca


sukhāya — for happiness; duḥkha-mokṣāya — for release from the unhappy state; kurvāte — perform; dam-patī — the wife and husband; kriyāḥ — activities; tataḥ — from that; anivṛttiḥno cessation; aprāptiḥno achievement; duḥkhasya — of distress; ca — also; sukhasya — of happiness; ca — also.


As husband and wife, a man and woman plan together to attain happiness and decrease unhappiness, working jointly in many ways, but because their activities are full of desires, these activities are never a source of happiness, and they never diminish distress. On the contrary, they are a cause of great unhappiness.

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