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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.2.28

vṛddhāv anāthau pitarau

nānya-bandhū tapasvinau

aho mayādhunā tyaktāv

akṛtajñena nīcavat


vṛddhau — old; anāthau — who had no other person to look after their comforts; pitarau — my father and mother; na anya-bandhū — who had no other friend; tapasvinau — who underwent great difficulties; aho — alas; mayā — by me; adhunā — at that moment; tyaktau — were given up; akṛta-jñena — ungrateful; nīca-vat — like the most abominable low-class person.


My father and mother were old and had no other son or friend to look after them. Because I did not take care of them, they lived with great difficulty. Alas, like an abominable lower-class man, I ungratefully left them in that condition.


According to Vedic civilization, everyone has the responsibility for taking care of brāhmaṇas, old men, women, children and cows. This is the duty of everyone, especially an upper-class person. Because of his association with a prostitute, Ajāmila abandoned all his duties. Regretting this, Ajāmila now considered himself quite fallen.

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