Cast Away The Caste System

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.01.41-42 - Cast Away The Caste System (download mp3)
Adi Keshava Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 9.1.41
tasyotkalo gayo rajan
vimalas ca trayah sutah
babhuvur dharma-vatsalah

O King, Sudyumna had three very pious sons, named Utkala, Gaya and Vimala, who became the kings of the Daksina-patha.

SB 9.1.42
tatah parinate kale
pratisthana-patih prabhuh
pururavasa utsrjya
gam putraya gato vanam

Thereafter, when the time was ripe, when Sudyumna, the king of the world, was sufficiently old, he delivered the entire kingdom to his son Pururava and entered the forest.

According to the Vedic system, one within the institution of varna and asrama must leave his family life after he reaches fifty years of age (pañcasad urdhvam vanam vrajet). Thus Sudyumna followed the prescribed regulations of varnasrama by leaving the kingdom and going to the forest to complete his spiritual life.

Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Ninth Canto, First Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled "King Sudyumna Becomes a Woman."