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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.1.67

yad asau śāstram ullańghya

svaira-cāry ati-garhitaḥ

avartata ciraḿ kālam

aghāyur aśucir malāt


yat — because; asau — this brāhmaṇa; śāstram ullańghya — transgressing the laws of śāstra; svaira-cārī — acting irresponsibly; ati-garhitaḥ — very much condemned; avartata — passed; ciram kālama long time; agha-āyuḥ — whose life was full of sinful activities; aśuciḥ — unclean; malāt — because of impurity.


This brāhmaṇa irresponsibly spent his long lifetime transgressing all the rules and regulations of the holy scripture, living extravagantly and eating food prepared by a prostitute. Therefore he is full of sins. He is unclean and is addicted to forbidden activities.


Food prepared by an unclean, sinful man or woman, especially a prostitute, is extremely infectious. Ajāmila ate such food, and therefore he was subject to be punished by Yamarāja.

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