SB 4.30.19

गृहेष्वाविशतां चापि पुंसां कुशलकर्मणाम् ।
मद्वार्तायातयामानां न बन्धाय गृहा मताः ॥१९॥


gṛheṣv āviśatāṁ cāpi
puṁsāṁ kuśala-karmaṇām
na bandhāya gṛhā matāḥ


gṛheṣuplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biggṛheṣu

(who arrived) in his house; at home; in family life; in home life; in household affairs; in household life; in householder life; in houses (or bodies); in the family affairs; in the home; in the homes; in the house; in the house and rooms; in the houses; to family affairs; to family life; to household life; to the home.
—in family life; āviśatāmplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigāviśatām

entering; who have entered.
—who have entered; caplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigca

ca; all these; also; also other bodily forms; also that I have not been able to ask; and (the five gross material elements and the ten acting and knowledge-gathering senses); and; and also; and Devahūti; and for all; and the paraphernalia; as also; as much as; as well; as well as; but; certainly; either; however; indeed; only; or; over and above; respectively; the word ca; this word ca; thus; totally; unlimitedly; verily.
—also; apiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigapi

also; api; a still more secluded place; again; alas; also (confirms); also (the human beings); also; although (I am in such a position); although; although apparently different; although he is; although He is so; although it is so; although not exposed to common eyes; although one; although there is; although there was; and also; as also; as He is; as well as; as you have stated; at the same time; better than that; certainly; definitely; despite; either; else; especially; even; even if; even if the body is so exalted; even though; even though it is so; even though new calves were present; even though there is; even with; exactly; for the sake of; I am wondering; if; if also; if so; in due course; in spite of; in spite of this situation; including; indeed; it may be; just now; may be; moreover; of the word api; or; others; over and above; so; still; surely; the word api; then; though; thus; verily; virtually; whether.
—even; puṁsāmplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigpuṁsām

among men; by men; by the devotees; for all people; for everyone; for mankind; for the people in general; men; of a man; of a person; of all living entities; of all men; of all men of sense; of all persons; of all the living beings; of every living entity; of human beings; of humankind; of living entities; of mankind; of many persons; of men; of people; of persons; of such persons; of the conditioned souls; of the devotee; of the devotees; of the executors; of the human being; of the living entities; of the living entity; of the men; of the people; of the people in general; of the persons; of the transcendentalists; of those persons; to all living entities; to persons; unto persons.
—of persons; kuśalaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigkuśala

auspicious; auspiciousness; good fortune; in happiness; Kuśala; of auspiciousness; of well-being; sometimes by favorable actions.
-karmaṇāmplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigkarmanam

according to one's own past deeds; activities; actuated; and of fruitive activities; for persons engaged in fighting or any other activities; in fruitive activities; of activities; of all activities; of all material activities; of different activities; of fruitive activities; of material actions; of prescribed duties; of the activities; of the prescribed duties; of work; previous activities; the path of duty; which work.
—engaged in auspicious activities; matplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigmat

by me; for Me; from Me; having; Me; Mine; My; myself; of Me; possessing; than me; than Myself; to me; to Myself; under My; unto Me (Kṛṣṇa); unto Me.
-vārtāplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigvārtā

message; news; occupational duties, or one's livelihood; of occupational engagements; sense gratification; the news; the occupational means of livelihood for the vaiśya (agriculture, cow protection, and trade); vocation in terms of Vedic sanction.
—in topics about Me; yātaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigyata

all; ail; all (descendants); all; all kinds of; all of them; all others; all that; all the devotees who; all these; as; as many (as there are); as many; as many as; as many as there are; as many as there were; as much; as much as; controlled; controlling; so many; varieties of; various types of; whatever.
—is expended; yāmānāmplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigyāmānām

whose every moment.
—whose every moment; naplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigna

never; not; are not; but not; cannot; certainly not; could not; did not; do not; does it not; does not; is not; it is not; it is not so; may not; neither; never; never does; never to be; no; no one; none; nor; not; not like that; not preceded by oṁ; not suitable; nothing; or not; shall not; should never; there is none; there is not; there should not be; was not; whether; without.
—not; bandhāyaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbandhāya

for bondage; for conditional life; for the bondage.
—for bondage; gṛhāḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biggṛhāḥ

all houses; big buildings and residences; home; household life; houses; residence; the houses; their household affairs; your home.
—household life; matāḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigmatah

approved; considered; decision; in My opinion; in our opinion; is approved; is celebrated; is considered; is well-known; opinion; regarded.


Those who are engaged in auspicious activities in devotional service certainly understand that the ultimate enjoyer or beneficiary of all activities is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus when one acts, he offers the results to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and passes life always engaged in the topics of the Lord. Even though such a person may be participating in family life, he is not affected by the results of his actions. 


Generally a person living in a family becomes overly attached to fruitive activity. In other words, he tries to enjoy the results of his activities. A devotee, however, knows that Kṛṣṇa is the supreme enjoyer and the supreme proprietor (bhoktāraṁ yajña-tapasāṁ sarva-loka-maheśvaram [Bg. 5.29]plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 5.29

The sages, knowing Me as the ultimate purpose of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attain peace from the pangs of material miseries.
). Consequently, the devotee does not consider himself the proprietor of any occupation. The devotee always thinks of the Supreme Personality of Godhead as the proprietor; therefore the results of his business are offered to the Supreme Lord. One who thus lives in the material world with his family and children never becomes affected by the contaminations of the material world. This is confirmed in Bhagavad-gītā (Bg. 3.9)plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 3.9

Work done as a sacrifice for Viṣṇu has to be performed, otherwise work binds one to this material world. Therefore, O son of Kuntī, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain unattached and free from bondage.

yajñārthāt karmaṇo ‘nyatra
loko ‘yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ
tad-arthaṁ karma kaunteya
mukta-saṅgaḥ samācara

One who tries to enjoy the results of his activities becomes bound by the results. One who offers the results or profits to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, however, does not become entangled in the results. This is the secret of success. Generally people take sannyāsa to become free from the reactions of fruitive activity. One who does not receive the results of his actions but offers them instead to the Supreme Personality of Godhead certainly remains in a liberated condition. In Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu, Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī confirms this: 

īhā yasya harer dāsye
karmaṇā manasā girā
nikhilāsv apy avasthāsu
jīvan-muktaḥ sa ucyate

If one engages himself in the service of the Lord through his life, wealth, words, intelligence and everything he possesses, he will always be liberated in any condition. Such a person is called a jīvan-mukta, one who is liberated during this lifetime. Devoid of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, those who engage in material activities simply become more entangled in material bondage. They have to suffer and enjoy the actions and reactions of all activity. This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is therefore the greatest boon to humanity because it keeps one always engaged in Kṛṣṇa’s service. The devotees think of Kṛṣṇa, act for Kṛṣṇa, eat for Kṛṣṇa, sleep for Kṛṣṇa and work for Kṛṣṇa. Thus everything is engaged in the service of Kṛṣṇa. A total life in Kṛṣṇa consciousness saves one from material contamination. As stated by Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja: 

kṛṣṇa-bhajane yāhā haya anukūla
viṣaya baliyā tyāge tāhā haya bhūla

If one is so expert that he can engage everything or dovetail everything in the service of the Lord, to give up the material world would be a great blunder. One should learn how to dovetail everything in the service of the Lord, for everything is connected to Kṛṣṇa. That is the real purpose of life and secret of success. As reiterated later in the Third Chapter of Bhagavad-gītā (Bg. 3.19)plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigBhagavad-gītā As It Is 3.19

Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty; for by working without attachment, one attains the Supreme.

tasmād asaktaḥ satataṁ
kāryaṁ karma samācara
asakto hy ācaran karma
param āpnoti pūruṣaḥ

“Therefore, without being attached to the fruits of activities, one should act as a matter of duty; for by working without attachment, one attains the Supreme.” 

The Third Chapter of Bhagavad-gītā specifically considers material activities for the purpose of sense gratification and material activities for the purpose of satisfying the Supreme Lord. The conclusion is that these are not one and the same. Material activities for sense gratification are the cause of material bondage, whereas the very same activities for the satisfaction of Kṛṣṇa are the cause of liberation. How the same activity can be the cause of bondage and liberation can be explained as follows. One may get indigestion due to eating too many milk preparations—condensed milk, sweet rice, and so on. But even though there is indigestion or diarrhea, another milk preparation—yogurt mixed with black pepper and salt—will immediately cure these maladies. In other words, one milk preparation can cause indigestion and diarrhea, and another milk preparation can cure them. 

If one is placed in material opulence due to the special mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he should not consider that opulence a cause for bondage. When a mature devotee is blessed with material opulence, he does not become affected adversely, for he knows how to employ material opulence in the service of the Lord. There are many such examples in the history of the world. There were kings like Pṛthu Mahārāja, Prahlāda Mahārāja, Janaka, Dhruva, Vaivasvata Manu and Mahārāja Ikṣvāku. All of these were great kings and were especially favored by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If a devotee is not mature, the Supreme Lord will take away all his opulence. This principle is stated by the Supreme Personality of Godhead-yasyāham anugṛhṇāmi hariṣye tad-dhanaṁ śanaiḥ: “My first mercy shown to My devotee is to take away all his material opulence.” Material opulence detrimental to devotional service is taken away by the Supreme Lord, whereas a person who is mature in devotional service is given all material facilities.