Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 11 Chapter 7:68-74

Book 11: Chapter 7

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 11: Chapter 7: Verses 68-74

"Oh ! behold my ruin, scanty of virtue and evil-minded as I am. Though lam (still) unsatiated (with the pleasures of sense) and am yet unaccomplishedof purpose, my household life, which was the (only) means of realizing the threefold object of life has been brought to an (abrupt) end. My mate-that looked upon me as its object of veneration, was agreeable (to me in everyway) and was a match for me (in every respect)-is going to heaven with its innocent (guileless) offsprings, leaving me once for all in this desolate dwelling. Such as I am, whose mate and progeny are no more, what for should I seek to survive as a wretched widower leading a miserable life in my deserted habitat ?" Seeing them entangled in the net and struggling in the jaws of death, the foolish and feebleminded dove likewise fell into the trap of its own accord. Having (thus) secured the male dove, the master of its household, as well as its mate and progeny (the young doves), and accomplished of purpose, the cruel fowler returned home. Maintaining his family in the aforesaid manner, any householder of unquiet mind, revelling in the pairs of opposites (such as joys and sorrows) and attached to the pleasures of sense comes to grief, like the aforesaid dove, with (all) those connected with him (viz., his wife and children). The wise recognize him as having fallen from a height on (once) climbing up to it, who, having attained a human body, which is an open door (as it were) to (the mansion of) final beatitude, remains attached, like the (aforesaid) dove, to his household.

Thus ends the seventh discourse in Book Eleven of the great and glorious

Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.



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