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SB 11.22.58-59

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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

TEXTS 58-59

kṣipto 'vamānito 'sadbhiḥ
pralabdho 'sūyito 'tha vā
tāḍitaḥ sanniruddho vā
vṛttyā vā parihāpitaḥ
niṣṭhyuto mūtrito vājñair
bahudhaivaṁ prakampitaḥ
śreyas-kāmaḥ kṛcchra-gata
ātmanātmānam uddharet


kṣiptaḥ—insulted; avamānitaḥ—neglected; asadbhiḥ—by bad men; pralabdhaḥ—ridiculed; asūyitaḥ—envied; atha vā—or else; tāḍitaḥ—chastised; sanniruddhaḥ—tied up; vā—or; vṛttyā—of his means of livelihood; vā—or; parihāpitaḥ—deprived; niṣṭhyutaḥ—spat upon; mūtritaḥ—polluted with urine; vā—or; ajñaiḥ—by foolish men; bahudhā—repeatedly; evam—thus; prakampitaḥ—agitated; śreyaḥ-kāmaḥ—one who desires the highest goal in life; kṛcchra-gataḥ—experiencing difficulty; ātmanā—by his intelligence; ātmānam—himself; uddharet—should save.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Even though neglected, insulted, ridiculed or envied by bad men, or even though repeatedly agitated by being beaten, tied up or deprived of one's occupation, spat upon or polluted with urine by ignorant people, one who desires the highest goal in life should in spite of all these difficulties use his intelligence to keep himself safe on the spiritual platform.


Throughout history many of the above-mentioned inconveniences have been experienced by devotees of the Lord. One who is advanced in God consciousness does not allow himself to become obsessed with the material body even in such conditions, but rather keeps the mind fixed on the spiritual platform through proper intelligence.

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