Srimad-Bhagavatam: Canto 3 - Chapter 1 - Verse 5


तान् बभाषे स्वभू: पुत्रान् प्रजा: सृजत पुत्रका: ।तन्नैच्छन्मोक्षधर्माणो वासुदेवपरायणा: ॥ ५ ॥


tān babhāṣe svabhūḥ putrānprajāḥ sṛjata putrakāḥtan naicchan mokṣa-dharmāṇovāsudeva-parāyaṇāḥ


Brahmā spoke to his sons after generating them. “My dear sons,” he said, “now generate progeny.” But due to their being attached to Vāsudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they aimed at liberation, and therefore they expressed their unwillingness.


The four sons of Brahmā, the Kumāras, declined to become family men even on the request of their great father, Brahmā. Those who are serious about gaining release from material bondage should not be entangled in the false relationship of family bondage. People may ask how the Kumāras could refuse the orders of Brahmā, who was their father and, above all, the creator of the universe. The reply is that one who is vāsudeva-parāyaṇa, or seriously engaged in the devotional service of the Personality of Godhead, Vāsudeva, need not care for any other obligation. It is enjoined in the Bhāgavatam (11.5.41): “Anyone who has completely given up all worldly relationships and has taken absolute shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord, who gives us salvation and who alone is fit to be taken shelter of, is no longer a debtor or servant of anyone, including the demigods, forefathers, sages, other living entities, relatives, and members of human society.” Thus there was nothing wrong in the acts of the Kumāras when they refused their great father’s request that they become family men.