Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 30: Description by Lord Kapila of Adverse Fruitive Activities

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.30.28

yās tāmisrāndha-tāmisrā

rauravādyāś ca yātanāḥ

bhuńkte naro nārī

mithaḥ sańgena nirmitāḥ


yāḥ — which; tāmisra — the name of a hell; andha-tāmisrāḥ — the name of a hell; raurava — the name of a hell; ādyāḥ — and so on; ca — and; yātanāḥ — punishments; bhuńkte — undergoes; naraḥman; — or; nārī — woman; — or; mithaḥ — mutual; sańgena — by association; nirmitāḥ — caused.


Men and women whose lives were built upon indulgence in illicit sex life are put into many kinds of miserable conditions in the hells known as Tāmisra, Andha-tāmisra and Raurava.


Materialistic life is based on sex life. The existence of all the materialistic people, who are undergoing severe tribulation in the struggle for existence, is based on sex. Therefore, in the Vedic civilization sex life is allowed only in a restricted way; it is for the married couple and only for begetting children. But when sex life is indulged in for sense gratification illegally and illicitly, both the man and the woman await severe punishment in this world or after death. In this world also they are punished by virulent diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea, and in the next life, as we see in this passage of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, they are put into different kinds of hellish conditions to suffer. In Bhagavad-gītā, First Chapter, illicit sex life is also very much condemned, and it is said that one who produces children by illicit sex life is sent to hell. It is confirmed here in the Bhāgavatam that such offenders are put into hellish conditions of life in Tāmisra, Andha-tāmisra and Raurava.

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