Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 9: Appearance of the Demon Vṛtrāsura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.9.9


turīyaḿ jagṛhuḥ striyaḥ

rajo-rūpeṇa tāsv aḿho

māsi māsi pradṛśyate


śaśvat — perpetual; kāma — of sexual desire; vareṇa — because of the benediction; aḿhaḥ — the sinful reaction for killing a brāhmaṇa; turīyam — one fourth; jagṛhuḥ — accepted; striyaḥ — women; rajaḥ-rūpeṇain the form of the menstrual period; tāsuin them; aḿhaḥ — the sinful reaction; māsi māsi — every month; pradṛśyate — is visible.


In return for Lord Indra's benediction that they would be able to enjoy lusty desires continuously, even during pregnancy for as long as sex is not injurious to the embryo, women accepted one fourth of the sinful reactions. As a result of those reactions, women manifest the signs of menstruation every month.


Women as a class are very lusty, and apparently their continuous lusty desires are never satisfied. In return for Lord Indra's benediction that there would be no cessation to their lusty desires, women accepted one fourth of the sinful reactions for killing a brāhmaṇa.

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