TEXT 42
savitram prajapatyam ca
brahmam catha brhat tatha
varta sancaya-salina-
siloncha iti vai grhe
SYNONYMS
savitram—the thread ceremony of the twice-born; prajapatyam—to execute the vow for one year; ca—and; brahmam—acceptance of the Vedas; ca—and; atha—also; brhat—complete abstinence from sex life; tatha—then; varta—vocation in terms of Vedic sanction; sancaya—professional duty; salina—livelihood without asking anyone for cooperation; sila-unchah—picking up rejected grains; iti—thus; vai—even though; grhe—in household life.
TRANSLATION
Then the thread ceremony for the twice-born was inaugurated, as were the rules to be followed for at least one year after acceptance of the Vedas, rules for observing complete abstinence from sex life, vocations in terms of Vedic injunctions, various professional duties in household life, and the method of maintaining a livelihood without anyone’s cooperation by picking up rejected grains.
PURPORT
During student life the brahmacaris were given full instructions about the importance of the human form of life. Thus the basic education was designed to encourage the student in becoming free from family encumbrances. Only students unable to accept such a vow in life were allowed to go home and marry a suitable wife. Otherwise, the student would remain a permanent brahmacari, observing complete abstinence from sex life for his whole life. It all depended on the quality of the student’s training. We had the opportunity to meet an avowed brahmacari in the personality of our spiritual master, Om Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Gosvami Maharaja. Such a great soul is called a naisthika-brahmacari.

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