ĹrÄŤ-bhagavÄn uvÄca - the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; mayÄ - by Me; uditeášŁu - spoken; avahitaá¸Ľ - with great care; sva-dharmeášŁu - in the duties of devotional service to the Lord; mat-ÄĹrayaá¸Ľ - one who accepts Me as shelter; varáša-ÄĹrama - the Vedic system of social and occupational divisions; kula - of the society; ÄcÄram - conduct; akÄma - devoid of material desires; ÄtmÄ - such a person; samÄcaret - should practice.
In the previous chapters Lord KášášŁáša described through the story of an avadhĹŤta brÄhmaáša the qualities and character of a saintly person. Now the Lord describes the practical means for achieving such a saintly position. In the PaĂącarÄtra and other scriptures the Personality of Godhead gives instructions for executing devotional service. Similarly, in Bhagavad-gÄŤtÄ (4.13) the Lord says, cÄtur-varášyaáš mayÄ sášášŁášaáš guáša-karma-vibhÄgaĹaá¸Ľ: âI have personally created the varášÄĹrama system.â There are innumerable rules and regulations in the varášÄĹrama system, and the devotee should execute those which do not contradict the process of devotional service. The term varáša indicates different classes of human beings, some in the mode of ignorance, some in the mode of passion and some in the mode of goodness. Devotional service to the Lord is executed on the liberated platform, and therefore some injunctions for those persons in passion and ignorance may be contradictory to the regulative principles for those on the liberated platform. Therefore, under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master who is nondifferent from the Lord, one should execute the basic principles of varášÄĹrama in a way favorable for advancement in KášášŁáša consciousness.