yam tatam bhratarah kavim
yavistham vyabhajan dayam
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; nabhagah—Nabhaga; nabhaga-apatyam—was the son of Maharaja Nabhaga; yam—unto whom; tatam—the father; bhratarah—the elder brothers; kavim—the learned; yavistham—the youngest; vyabhajan—divided; dayam—the property; brahmacarinam—having accepted the life of a brahmacari perpetually (naisthika); agatam—returned.
Sukadeva Gosvami said: The son of Nabhaga named Nabhaga lived for a long time at the place of his spiritual master. Therefore, his brothers thought that he was not going to become a grhastha and would not return. Consequently, without providing a share for him, they divided the property of their father among themselves. When Nabhaga returned from the place of his spiritual master, they gave him their father as his share.
There are two kinds of brahmacaris. One may return home, marry and become a householder, whereas the other, known as brhad-vrata, takes a vow to remain a brahmacari perpetually. The brhad-vrata brahmacari does not return from the place of the spiritual master; he stays there, and later he directly takes sannyasa. Because Nabhaga did not return from the place of his spiritual master, his brothers thought that he had taken brhadvrata-brahmacarya. Therefore, they did not preserve his share, and when he returned they gave him their father as his share.
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