आत्मलोकैषणां देव कालेन विसृजेद्बुध: ।
ग्रामे त्यक्तैषणा: सर्वे ययुर्धीरास्तपोवनम् ॥ ३८ ॥
kālena visṛjed budhaḥ
grāme tyaktaiṣaṇāḥ sarve
yayur dhīrās tapo-vanam
vitta — for wealth; eṣaṇām — the desire; yajña — by sacrifices; dānaiḥ — and by charity; gṛhaiḥ — by engagement in household affairs; dāra — for wife; suta — and children; eṣaṇām — the desire; ātma — for oneself; loka — for an exalted planet (in the next life); eṣaṇām — the desire; deva — O saintly Vasudeva; kālena — because of time; visṛjet — one should renounce; budhaḥ — who is intelligent; grāme — for household life; tyakta — who renounced; eṣaṇāḥ — their desires; sarve — all; yayuḥ — they went; dhīrāḥ — sober sages; tapaḥ — of austerities; vanam — to the forest.
An intelligent person should learn to renounce his desire for wealth by performing sacrifices and acts of charity. He should learn to renounce his desire for wife and children by experiencing family life. And he should learn to renounce his desire for promotion to a higher planet in his next life, O saintly Vasudeva, by studying the effects of time. Self-controlled sages who have thus renounced their attachment to household life go to the forest to perform austerities.