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ŚB 4.21.1



maitreya uvāca
mauktikaiḥ kusuma-sragbhir
dukūlaiḥ svarṇa-toraṇaiḥ
mahā-surabhibhir dhūpair
maṇḍitaṁ tatra tatra vai


maitreyaḥ uvāca — the great sage Maitreya continued to speak; mauktikaiḥ — with pearls; kusuma — of flowers; sragbhiḥ — with garlands; dukūlaiḥ — cloth; svarṇa — golden; toraṇaiḥ — by gates; mahā-surabhibhiḥ — highly perfumed; dhūpaiḥ — by incense; maṇḍitam — decorated; tatra tatra — here and there; vai — certainly.


The great sage Maitreya told Vidura: When the King entered his city, it was very beautifully decorated to receive him with pearls, flower garlands, beautiful cloth and golden gates, and the entire city was perfumed with highly fragrant incense.


Real opulence is supplied by natural gifts such as gold, silver, pearls, valuable stones, fresh flowers, trees and silken cloth. Thus the Vedic civilization recommends opulence and decoration with these natural gifts of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Such opulence immediately changes the condition of the mind, and the entire atmosphere becomes spiritualized. King Pṛthu’s capital was decorated with such highly opulent decorations.