Speaker: Srila Prabhupada
Source: Everyone can serve Krishna
So Suta Gosvami is describing the purpose of religiosity. Dharmasya hy apavargyasya. Dharma, to accept a system of religion means to accept the path of liberation. Apavargyasya. This apavarga is very significant word. Pavarga and apavarga. Pavarga means pa, pha, ba, bha, ma. In grammatical ways, ka, kha, ga, gha, ka-varga, ca-varga, ta-varga, ta-varga, and pa-varga. Five vargas. Vargiya varnas. And there are antah-stha varnas. This is grammatical.
So dharmasya hy apavargyasya. “A” means negation, negation of pavarga. Pa means parisrama, labor. Here, in this material world, the sense gratificatory platform is not very easy. You have to work very hard. Karma….
Therefore it is said here, dharmasya hy apavargyasya. To perform religious…, religiosity means how to get out of this materially conditioned life, apavarga. Pavarga means hard work. Pa pha. And so much hard work that there is foam in the mouth, phena. Pa pha ba. And vyarthata. In spite of working so hard, we are confused, baffled. Pa pha ba bha. And still there is bhaya, fearfulness, “Whether it is done, or whether I shall get tomorrow, any food?” Bha. In this way, at the end, ma, mrtyu. This is called pa pha ba bha ma — pavarga. So to take to religiosity means to get out of this pavarga.