Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 1: The History of the Life of Ajāmila

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.1.45

yena yāvān yathādharmo

dharmo veha samīhitaḥ

sa eva tat-phalaḿ bhuńkte

tathā tāvad amutra vai


yena — by which person; yāvānto which extent; yathāin which manner; adharmaḥ — irreligious activities; dharmaḥ — religious activities; — or; ihain this life; samīhitaḥ — performed; saḥ — that person; eva — indeed; tat-phalam — the particular result of that; bhuńkte — enjoys or suffers; tathāin that way; tāvatto that extent; amutrain the next life; vai — indeed.


In proportion to the extent of one's religious or irreligious actions in this life, one must enjoy or suffer the corresponding reactions of his karma in the next.


As stated in Bhagavad-gītā (14.18):

ūrdhvaḿ gacchanti sattva-sthā

madhye tiṣṭhanti rājasāḥ


adho gacchanti tāmasāḥ

Those who act in the mode of goodness are promoted to higher planetary systems to become demigods, those who act in an ordinary way and do not commit excessively sinful acts remain within this middle planetary system, and those who perform abominable sinful actions must go down to hellish life.

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