Can an attached Householder achieve the same Goal as a Sannyasi? (Q&A)





Narada said to Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira in SB 7.15.74:

The process of chanting the holy name of the Lord is so powerful that by this chanting even householders [gṛhasthas] can very easily gain the ultimate result achieved by persons in the renounced orderMahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira, I have now explained to you that process of religion.


dharmas te gṛha-medhīyo
varṇitaḥ pāpa-nāśanaḥ
gṛhastho yena padavīm
añjasā nyāsinām iyāt

dharmaḥ—that religious process; te—to you; gṛhamedhīyaḥalthough attached to household lifevarṇitaḥ—explained (by me); pāpanāśanaḥ—the destruction of sinful reactionsgṛhasthaḥ—a person in household life; yena—by which; padavīm—the position; añjasāvery easilynyāsinām—of those in the renounced order of life; iyāt—can obtain.


This is a confirmation of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. Anyone who takes part in this movement, regardless of what he is, can gain the topmost result achieved by a perfect sannyāsī, namely brahma jñāna (spiritual knowledge). Even more important, he can advance in devotional service. Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira thought that because he was a gṛhastha there was no hope of his being liberated, and therefore he asked Nārada Muni how he could get out of material entanglement. But Nārada Muni, citing a practical example from his own life, established that by associating with devotees and chanting the Hare Kṛṣṇa mantraany man in any condition of life can achieve the highest perfection without a doubt. 

Link to this page:


  • Grihamedhi (attached householder) is not mentioned in translation
  • chanting the holy name of the Lord, is not mentioned in sanskrit verse
  • previous verse speaks of “engaged in the service of Vaiṣṇavas”.
  • destruction of sin is mentioned in verse, not brahma jñāna.
  • brahma jñāna (spiritual knowledge) = knowledge of Brahman


  •  gṛha-medha—in married life    SB 3.21.15
  •   gṛha-medhaḥ—attached to family life    SB 2.6.20
  •   gṛha-medhī—a person interested only in family life    SB 7.14.10
  •   gṛha-medhīya—of household life    SB 7.5.54
  •   gṛha-medhīyam—of household responsibilities    SB 4.28.20
  •   gṛha-medhīyam—especially of persons situated in household life    SB 9.10.54
  •   gṛha-medhīyaḥ—although attached to household life    SB 7.15.74
  •   gṛha-medhīyān—of the householders    SB 3.32.1
  •   gṛha-medhi-saukhyam—happiness within this material world    SB 5.11.3
  •   gṛha-medhinaḥ—persons living at home    SB 4.13.43
  •   gṛha-medhinaḥ—persons who are attached to family life    SB 4.22.10
  •   gṛha-medhinīm—one who keeps her husband in material life.    SB 4.26.13
  •   gṛha-medhini—O my wife, who are attached to household life    SB 8.16.5
  •   gṛha-medhiṣu—in the household    SB 3.22.11
  •   gṛha-medhinām—of persons too materially engrossed.    SB 2.1.2
  •   gṛha-medhinām—of the materialistic householders.    SB 3.32.4
  •   gṛha-medhinām—although situated with a wife and children    SB 6.5.42
  •   gṛha-medhinām—who are interested in householder life.    SB 7.5.51




What do you think?

26 Points

Leave a Reply


How to offer food to God

Don’t Laugh