Srimad Bhagavatham : 6.1.21.


Chapter-1. ( Ajamila  Charitham )

Slokam-21. (  In the city known as Kanyakubja there was a brahmana named Ajamila who married a prostitute maidservant and lost all his brahminical qualities because of the association of that low-class woman. )

kanyakubje    dvijah    kascid     dasi-patir    ajamilah,

namna    nashta-sadacaro     dasyah     samsarga-dushitah. 

kanya-kubje    =    in the city of Kānyakubja (Kanauj, a town near Kanpur); 

dvijah    =   brahmana; 

kascit   =   some; 

dasi-patih   =   the husband of a low-class woman or prostitute; 

ajamilah    =   Ajamila; 

namna    =   by name; 

nashta-sat-acarah    =   who lost all brahminical qualities; 

dasyah    =   of the prostitute or maidservant; 

samsarga-dushitah    =    contaminated by the association. 

The fault of illicit connection with women is that it makes one lose all brahminical qualities. In India there is still a class of servants, called sudras, whose maidservant wives are called sudranis. Sometimes people who are very lusty establish relationships with such maidservants and sweeping women, since in the higher statuses of society they cannot indulge in the habit of woman hunting, which is strictly prohibited by social convention. Ajamila, a qualified brahmana youth, lost all his brahminical qualities because of his association with a prostitute, but he was ultimately saved because he had begun the process of bhakti-yoga. Therefore in the previous slokam, Sri Suka Brahmarishi spoke of the person who has only once surrendered himself at the lotus feet of the Lord  has just begun the bhakti-yoga process. Bhakti-yoga begins with , hearing and chanting of Lord Viishnu’s names,  Chanting is the beginning of bhakti-yoga. 

 Therefore Sri  Swami  Caitanya  declares:

“In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.” The process of chanting the holy name of the Lord is always superbly effective, but it is especially effective in this age of Kali. Its practical effectiveness will now be explained by the Rishi Sri Suka through the history of Ajamila, who was freed from the hands of the Yamadutas simply because of chanting the holy name of Narayana. King Parikshit original question was how to be freed from falling down into hell or into the hands of the Yamadutas. In reply, Rishi Sri Suka  is citing this old historical example to convince the King of the potency of bhakti-yoga, which begins simply with the chanting of the Lord’s name. All the great authorities of bhakti-yoga recommend the devotional process beginning with the chanting of the holy name of  the Lord.

To be continued ...


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