Srila Prabhupada's Pastimes

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.01.40-42 - Srila Prabhupada's Pastimes (download mp3)
by Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 9.1.40
acaryanugrahat kamam
labdhva pumstvam vyavasthaya
palayam asa jagatim
nabhyanandan sma tam prajah

Thus being favored by the spiritual master, according to the words of Lord Siva, Sudyumna regained his desired maleness every alternate month and in this way ruled the kingdom, although the citizens were not satisfied with this.

The citizens could understand that the king was transformed into a female every alternate month and therefore could not discharge his royal duty. Consequently they were not very satisfied.

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."