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SB 11.17.24

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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


japoccāre ca vāg-yataḥ
na cchindyān nakha-romāṇi
kakṣopastha-gatāny api


snāna—while bathing; bhojana—while eating; homeṣu—and while attending sacrificial performances; japa—while chanting mantras to oneself; uccāre—while passing stool or urine; ca—also; vāk-yataḥ—remaining silent; na—not; chindyāt—should cut; nakha—the nails; romāṇi—or hairs; kakṣa—in the armpits; upastha—pubic; gatāni—including; api—even.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


A brahmacārī should always remain silent while bathing, eating, attending sacrificial performances, chanting japa or passing stool and urine. He should not cut his nails and hair, including the armpit and pubic hair.


Nārada Muni gives a similar technical description of Vedic brahmacārī life in Canto Seven, Chapter Twelve of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.

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