asramah pascime tate
samyaprasa iti prokta
sutah—Sri Suta; uvaca—said; brahma-nadyam—on the bank of the river intimately related with Vedas, brahmanas, saints, and the Lord; sarasvatyam—Sarasvati; asramah—cottage for meditation; pascime—on the west; tate—bank; samyaprasah—the place named Samyaprasa; iti—thus; proktah—said to be; rsinam—of the sages; satra-vardhanah—that which enlivens activities.
Sri Suta said: On the western bank of the River Sarasvati, which is intimately related with the Vedas, there is a cottage for meditation at Samyaprasa which enlivens the transcendental activities of the sages.
For spiritual advancement of knowledge a suitable place and atmosphere are definitely required. The place on the western bank of the Sarasvati is especially suitable for this purpose. And there is the asrama of Vyasadeva at Samyaprasa. Srila Vyasadeva was a householder, yet his residential place is called an asrama. An asrama is a place where spiritual culture is always foremost. It does not matter whether the place belongs to a householder or a mendicant. The whole varnasrama system is so designed that each and every status of life is called an asrama. This means that spiritual culture is the common factor for all. The brahmacaris, the grhasthas, the vanaprasthas and the sannyasis all belong to the same mission of life, namely, realization of the Supreme. Therefore none of them are less important as far as spiritual culture is concerned. The difference is a matter of formality on the strength of renunciation. The sannyasis are held in high estimation on the strength of practical renunciation.
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