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SB 3.30.14

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


tatrāpy ajāta-nirvedo
bhriyamāṇaḥ svayam bhṛtaiḥ
maraṇābhimukho gṛhe


tatra—there; api—although; ajāta—not arisen; nirvedaḥ—aversion; bhriyamāṇaḥ—being maintained; svayam—by himself; bhṛtaiḥ—by those who were maintained; jarayā—by old age; upātta—obtained; vairūpyaḥ—deformation; maraṇa—death; abhimukhaḥ—approaching; gṛhe—at home.


The foolish family man does not become averse to family life although he is maintained by those whom he once maintained. Deformed by the influence of old age, he prepares himself to meet ultimate death.


Family attraction is so strong that even if one is neglected by family members in his old age, he cannot give up family affection, and he remains at home just like a dog. In the Vedic way of life one has to give up family life when he is strong enough. It is advised that before getting too weak and being baffled in material activities, and before becoming diseased, one should give up family life and engage oneself completely in the service of the Lord for the remaining days of his life. It is enjoined, therefore, in the Vedic scriptures, that as soon as one passes fifty years of age, he must give up family life and live alone in the forest. After preparing himself fully, he should become a sannyāsī to distribute the knowledge of spiritual life to each and every home.

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