Retire At The Right Age

Srimad Bhagavatam 09.19.11 - Retire At The Right Age (download mp3)
by Madan Gopal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 9.19.11
sambaddha-vrsanah so 'pi
hy ajaya kupa-labdhaya
kalam bahu-titham bhadre
kamair nadyapi tusyati

My dear wife, when the he-goat had his testicles restored, he enjoyed the she-goat he had gotten from the well, but although he continued to enjoy for many, many years, even now he has not been fully satisfied.

When one is bound by affection for one's wife, one is attached to sexual desires that are very difficult to overcome. Therefore, according to Vedic civilization, one must voluntarily leave his so-called home and go to the forest. Pa├▒casordhvam vanam vrajet. Human life is meant for such tapasya, or austerity. By the austerity of voluntarily stopping sex life at home and going to the forest to engage in spiritual activities in the association of devotees, one achieves the actual purpose of human life.