Wind up Material Obligations

Srimad Bhagavatam 12.02.36-38 - Wind up Material Obligations (download mp3)
by Nityananda Charan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 12.02.36
eteṣāṁ nāma-liṅgānāṁ
puruṣāṇāṁ mahātmanām
kīrtir eva sthitā bhuvi

These personalities, who were great souls, are now known only by their names. They exist only in accounts from the past, and only their fame remains on the earth.

Although one may consider oneself to be a great, powerful leader, he will ultimately end up as a name in a long list of names. In other words, it is useless to be attached to power and position in the material world.

SB 12.02.37
devāpiḥ śāntanor bhrātā
maruś cekṣvāku-vaṁśa-jaḥ
kalāpa-grāma āsāte

Devāpi, the brother of Mahārāja Śāntanu, and Maru, the descendant of Ikṣvāku, both possess great mystic strength and are living even now in the village of Kalāpa.

SB 12.02.38
tāv ihaitya kaler ante
varṇāśrama-yutaṁ dharmaṁ
pūrva-vat prathayiṣyataḥ

At the end of the Age of Kali, these two kings, having received instruction directly from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vāsudeva, will return to human society and reestablish the eternal religion of man, characterized by the divisions of varṇa and āśrama, just as it was before.

According to this and the previous verse, the two great kings who will reestablish human culture after the end of Kali-yuga have already descended to the earth, where they are patiently waiting to render their devotional service to Lord Viṣṇu.

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