"Lord Kapila Describes the Adverse Consequences of Fruitive Activities"






Slokam- 1 to 34.

Lord Kapila Describes the Adverse Consequences of Fruitive Activities :

(1) Kapila said: 'Despite of its great strength do people not know about the time factor and are they carried away by it, just like a mass of clouds is by the powerful wind. (2) Whatever the goods are that one for one's happiness with difficulty acquired; it is precisely that what is destroyed by the Supreme Lord and thereof does the person lament. (3) Out of ignorance does the misguided person think that the temporary of his home, land and wealth in relation to his body, is something permanent. (4) Certainly does the living entity find satisfaction in that worldly existence, not being averse to whatever of the kind he may belong to. (5) Even living in hell does a person, who in truth is in delusion about the Godhead, verily not wish to take leave of his hellish pleasures. (6) With this body, his wife, children, home, animals, wealth and friendships deeply rooted in his heart, he thinks himself to be of high achievement. (7) Burning with anxiety about maintaining all the dear of his family, he is constantly in sin and with a bad mind acting like a fool. (8) He is deluded by the charm of the false of having his heart to the senses with the display in private of the woman and the sweet words of the children. (9) Involved in the household duties of family life, that give rise to all kinds of misery, he is busy countering these miseries attentively and thinks that that will make him happy as a householder. (10) By means of the wealth here and there with violence secured, he maintains them and thereof eating the food they leave for him, he himself goes down. (11) When he is hampered in the undertaking of his occupation, again and again overwhelmed by greed, does he, who longed for the welfare of others, find himself ruined. (12) The unfortunate man unable to maintain his family, whose efforts are in vain, then wretched sighs, grieving bereft of beauty and bewildered in his intelligence.


(13) Thus failing to maintain his wife and so on, he finds himself not respected as before, like an old ox is from its farmer. (14) Although there doesn't rise any aversion being maintained himself by those he once maintained, he, getting deformed of old age, stays home to meet death. (15) There he remains eating like a pet dog of what is negligently placed before him, gets diseased with indigestion, eats little and does little. (16) From the inner pressure his eyes bulge out and from his windpipe congested with mucus he coughs and has difficulty breathing, only saying 'ugha ugha'. (17) Lying down surrounded by his lamenting friends and relatives he is gone, with the noose of time around his neck, not able to speak although it would be the time for it. (18) Thus, of being engrossed in maintaining his family, he has no control over his mind and senses and dies in great pain, while his relatives are crying over him losing his grip. (19) Witnessing the arrival of the servants of Death with their terrible eyes full of wrath he, out of the fear in his heart, passes stool and urine. (20) As the kings soldiers they immobilize his body as bound in ropes for his punishment and drag him like a criminal forceful by the neck for a long distance. (21) In his heart broken by their threatening presence he, overtaken, trembles on the road, bitten by the dogs of in distress remembering his sins. (22) Afflicted by hunger, thirst and the radiation of scorching forestfires and winds on hot and sandy roads, he feels painfully beaten on his back with a whip, although he is unable to move and finds no refuge nor water. (23) By and by, getting tired, he loses his consciousness, and again reawakens on the road of his sins and is soon taken to the presence of the eternal ruler over death. (24) Within three to two hours he sees his whole life pass by [he passes 'a ninety-nine thousand yojanas'], finding the requital he deserves. (25) Then covered by firewood he is cremated or sometimes he sees himself being eaten as if he does that himself or else sees the other creatures doing so. (26) From his individual soul he then witnesses how dogs pull out his entrails at his last resting place where serpents, scorpions, gnats and so on pester him to his abhorrence. (27) One by one he sees his limbs coming of taken by big and small animals who tear him apart, throw him from heights or drag him under water or into caves. (28) The men or women that were moved by loose association [illicit sex] undergo the requital in hellish states of anger, self-destruction and bewilderment [tâmisra, andha tâmisra and raurava and such, see 5.26].


(29) O mother, because the return of hell for sure can also be seen here, one says that in this world one thus can meet as well with hell as with heaven. (30) He who in the course of maintaining his family lived only for his stomach, will, leaving from here, after death find himself as well as his family undergo the consequences of that. (31) Alone he will enter the darkness after quitting this vehicle of time, paying the price for the harm he did to others in maintaining himself. (32) By divine ordinance has the family man, like one who has lost his wealth, to undergo the hellish condition that he obtained as a reaction to his foul play. (33) A person who, eager to maintain his family does that verily by simply being of godless action, thus ultimately goes to the darkest regions of self-destruction. (34) After from the lowest position in due order having gone through all the requital and such, he, purified, may again return to the human world on this planet.



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