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SB 11.23.16

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


yaśo yaśasvināṁ śuddhaṁ
ślāghyā ye guṇināṁ guṇāḥ
lobhaḥ sv-alpo 'pi tān hanti
śvitro rūpam ivepsitam


yaśaḥ—the fame; yaśasvinām—of those who are famous; śuddham—pure; ślāghyāḥ—praiseworthy; ye—which; guṇinām—of those endowed with good qualities; guṇāḥ—the qualities; lobhaḥ—greed; su-alpaḥ—a little; api—even; tān—these; hanti—destroys; śvitraḥ—white leprosy; rūpam—physical beauty; iva—just as; īpsitam—enchanting.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Whatever pure fame is possessed by the famous and whatever praiseworthy qualities are found in the virtuous are destroyed by even a small amount of greed, just as one's attractive physical beauty is ruined by a trace of white leprosy.

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