evam anusasyatmajan svayam anusistan api lokanusasanartham mahanubhavah parama-suhrd bhagavan rsabhapadesa upasama-silanam uparata-karmanam maha-muninam bhakti-jnana-vairagya-laksanam paramahamsya-dharmam upasiksamanah sva-tanaya-sata-jyestham parama-bhagavatam bhagavaj-jana-parayanam bharatam dharani-palanayabhisicya svayam bhavana evorvarita-sarira-matra-parigraha unmatta iva gagana-paridhanah prakirna-kesa atmany aropitahavaniyo brahmavartat pravavraja.
sri-sukah uvaca—Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; evam—in this way; anusasya—after instructing; atma-jan—His sons; svayam—personally; anusistan—highly educated in culture; api—although; loka-anusasana-artham—just to instruct the people; maha-anubhavah—the great personality; parama-suhrt—everyone’s sublime well-wisher; bhagavan—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; rsabha-apadesah—who is celebrated and known as Rsabhadeva; upasama-silanam—of persons who have no desire for material enjoyment; uparata-karmanam—who are no longer interested in fruitive activities; maha-muninam—who are sannyasis; bhakti—devotional service; jnana—perfect knowledge; vairagya—detachment; laksanam—characterized by; paramahamsya—of the best of human beings; dharmam—the duties; upasiksamanah—instructing; sva-tanaya—of His sons; sata—hundred; jyestham—the eldest; parama-bhagavatam—a topmost devotee of the Lord; bhagavat-jana-parayanam—a follower of the devotees of the Lord, brahmanas and Vaisnavas; bharatam—Bharata Maharaja; dharani-palanaya—with a view to ruling the world; abhisicya—placing on the throne; svayam—personally; bhavane—at home; eva—although; urvarita—remaining; sarira-matra—the body only; parigrahah—accepting; unmattah—a madman; iva—exactly like; gagana-paridhanah—taking the sky as His dress; prakirna-kesah—having scattered hair; atmani—in Himself; aropita—keeping; ahavaniyah—the Vedic fire; brahmavartat—from the place known as Brahmavarta; pravavraja—began to travel all over the world.
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Thus the great well-wisher of everyone, the Supreme Lord Rsabhadeva, instructed His own sons. Although they were perfectly educated and cultured, He instructed them just to set an example of how a father should instruct his sons before retiring from family life. Sannyasis, who are no longer bound by fruitive activity and who have taken to devotional service after all their material desires have been vanquished, also learn by these instructions. Lord Rsabhadeva instructed His one hundred sons, of whom the eldest, Bharata, was a very advanced devotee and a follower of Vaisnavas. In order to rule the whole world, the Lord enthroned His eldest son on the royal seat. Thereafter, although still at home, Lord Rsabhadeva lived like a madman, naked and with disheveled hair. Then the Lord took the sacrificial fire within Himself, and He left Brahmavarta to tour the whole world.
Actually the instructions given to Lord Rsabhadeva’s sons were not exactly meant for His sons because they were already educated and highly advanced in knowledge. Rather, these instructions were meant for sannyasis who intend to become advanced devotees. Sannyasis must abide by Lord Rsabhadeva’s instructions while on the path of devotional service. Lord Rsabhadeva retired from family life and lived like a naked madman even while still with His family.
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