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SB 11.17.54

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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


itthaṁ parimṛśan mukto
gṛheṣv atithi-vad vasan
na gṛhair anubadhyeta
nirmamo nirahaṅkṛtaḥ


ittham—thus; parimṛśan—deeply considering; muktaḥ—a liberated soul; gṛheṣu—at home; atithi-vat—just like a guest; vasan—living; na—not; gṛhaiḥ—by the domestic situation; anubadhyeta—should become bound; nirmamaḥ—without any sense of personal proprietorship; nirahaṅkṛtaḥ—without false ego.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Deeply considering the actual situation, a liberated soul should live at home just like a guest, without any sense of proprietorship or false ego. In this way he will not be bound or entangled by domestic affairs.


The word mukta, or "liberated," refers to one freed from all material attachment. In this status, called mukta-saṅga, one no longer identifies oneself as a permanent resident of the material world. This liberated status may be attained even by one situated in family life. The only requirement is that one should take up a serious program of kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtana, which includes constant chanting of the holy names of the Lord, worship of the Deity and participation in the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Without a serious program of kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtana it is very difficult to give up the iron shackles of attachment to women and the byproducts of such attachment.

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