Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 2: Ajāmila Delivered by the Viṣṇudūtas

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.2.9-10

stenaḥ surā-po mitra-dhrug

brahma- guru-talpa-gaḥ


ye ca pātakino 'pare

sarveṣām apy aghavatām

idam eva suniṣkṛtam

nāma-vyāharaṇaḿ viṣṇor

yatas tad-viṣayā matiḥ


stenaḥ — one who steals; surā-paḥa drunkard; mitra-dhruk — one who turns against a friend or relative; brahma- — one who kills a brāhmaṇa; guru-talpa-gaḥ — one who indulges in sex with the wife of his teacher or guru; strī — women; rāja — king; pitṛ — father; go — of cows; hantā — the killer; ye — those who; ca — also; pātakinaḥ — committed sinful activities; apare — many others; sarveṣām — of all of them; api — although; agha-vatām — persons who have committed many sins; idam — this; eva — certainly; su-niṣkṛtam — perfect atonement; nāma-vyāharaṇam — chanting of the holy name; viṣṇoḥ — of Lord Viṣṇu; yataḥ — because of which; tat-viṣayā — on the person who chants the holy name; matiḥ — His attention.


The chanting of the holy name of Lord Viṣṇu is the best process of atonement for a thief of gold or other valuables, for a drunkard, for one who betrays a friend or relative, for one who kills a brāhmaṇa, or for one who indulges in sex with the wife of his guru or another superior. It is also the best method of atonement for one who murders women, the king or his father, for one who slaughters cows, and for all other sinful men. Simply by chanting the holy name of Lord Viṣṇu, such sinful persons may attract the attention of the Supreme Lord, who therefore considers, "Because this man has chanted My holy name, My duty is to give him protection."

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