Bhagavatam-daily 96 – Canto-11, Chapter-08, Text-12 – Don’t let possessions possess you

Published on Jan 17, 2015

SB 11.8.12
sayantanam svastanam va
na sangrhnita bhiksukah
maksika iva sangrhnan
saha tena vinasyati

A saintly mendicant should not even collect foodstuffs to eat later in the same day or the next day. If he disregards this injunction and like the honeybee collects more and more delicious foodstuffs, that which he has collected will indeed ruin him.

Bhramara refers to that honeybee who wanders about from flower to flower, and maksika is the honeybee who accumulates more and more honey in the beehive with great attachment. A saintly mendicant should be like the bhramara bee because if he imitates the maksika bee his spiritual consciousness will be ruined. This point is so important that it is repeated in this verse.

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