Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.31
by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
San Francisco, July 16, 1975

Nitai: “As the order carriers of Yamaraja were snatching out the soul from the core of the heart of Ajamila, the husband of the prostitute, the order carriers of Visnu forbade them with great resounding voices to do so.”


vikarsato ’ntar hrdayad dasi-patim ajamilam yama-presyan visnuduta varayam asur ojasa

So when the order carriers of Yamaraja were trying to take away Ajamila from this world to the other lower planetary system… Below this universe there are many planetary systems. They are called Patala, Atala, Vitala, Talatala, Rasatala, Mahatala, Sutala—seven layers. So below that layers there is hellish planets. Just like up there are heavenly planets, similarly, down there are hellish planets. So Yamaraja, his kingdom, his jurisdiction, is within these hellish planets.

So one point is very important. People are sometimes amazed, “Where is the soul?” Now it is clearly said here, hrdayat: “from the core of the heart.” Therefore soul is existing within the heart. And the Paramatma is also existing. The yogis, they want to see. Although they are, Paramatma and jivatma, sitting side by side, and He is dictating, but on account of our foolishness we cannot see Him, neither hear Him. Antar-bahih. He is within and He is without, but unfortunate as we are, we cannot see Him either within or without. How it is possible? Just like a family member, your father or brother, is playing on the stage, but you cannot see him. Somebody is pointing out, “Here is your brother, dancing.” You cannot see him. Nato natyadharo yatha. Just like a person dressed in dramatic performance, his relative cannot see him, similarly, Krsna is everywhere, andantara-stha-paramanu-cayantara-stham. Simply one has to make his eyes purified to see Him. Then he can see always Krsna, within and without.

Premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena [Bs. 5.38]. This seeing is possible only in bhakti, not in jnana, karma. No. No other way. Premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena. No other method is prescribed. In Bhagavad-gita also, it is said, bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah [Bg. 18.55]. If you want to know Krsna as He is, then you have to know Him through bhakti-yoga, not any other. Others, they may go on speculating for many, many millions of years. Still, they will not be able to understand.

panthas tu koti-sata-vatsara-sampragamyo vayor athapi manaso muni-pungavanam so ’py asti yat prapada-simny avicintya-tattve govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami [Bs 5.34]

For many millions of years running in the speed of mind and air, not this aeroplane speed… Aeroplane speed is, utmost, five hundred, six hundred miles. But you just imagine the mind’s speed. Ten thousand miles away your mind can go immediately at a place where you have been. Mind is so speedy. Vayu, air, is speedy undoubtedly, but mind is still speedier. So even if you try to understand with the…, panthas tu koti-sata-vatsara-sampragamyo vayor athapi [Bs 5.34], in aeroplane or via manasa, aeroplane with the… Aeroplane has got different speed, but even if you go with the mind’s speed and time, panthas tu koti-sata-vatsara, hundreds and millions of years, still, you will not be able to understand what is Krsna, what is God, if you speculate. But if you are a devotee then you can see twenty-four hours Krsna. That is the difference. Panthas tu koti-sata-vatsara-sampragamyah.

So this dasi-pati, this is also significant word, “the prostitute’s husband.” Prostitute means… They are, in Sanskrit, called pumscali. Pumscali means they are moved by other men, pumscali. There are three kinds of women: sairindhri, pumscali… In this way there are divisions. So some women, they are very easily carried by men. So that is not very good. Therefore I am instructing our GBC’s that “Let our little girls be educated to become faithful and chaste.” That is their qualification. No education required. And the boys should be trained up to become first-class men, samo damas titiksa, like that. And literary, Sanskrit and English, that will make them perfect. If the husband is first class and the wife is chaste and faithful, then the home is heaven. This is the formula. Dampatyoh kalaho nasti tatra srih svayam agatah.

murkha yatra na pujyante dhanyam yatra susancitam dampatyoh kalaho nasti tatra srih svayam agatah

Everyone is trying to become fortunate. Now, Canakya Pandita gives three things, formula, “If you want to be fortunate, then do these three things.” What is that? Murkha yatra na pujyante: “Do not give any credit to the rascal.” That is first qualification. Don’t be carried away by the rascal. Murkha yatra na pujyante. If you worship a rascal, then your life is spoiled. You must worship a really learned representative of God. That is very good. And dhanyam yatra susancitam: “Food grains, they are properly stocked.” Not that for your foodstuff, getting your food grain or earning your livelihood, you have to go hundred miles, fifty miles. No. At home, you produce your food grain and stock it. In India still, they work for three months during this rainy season, and they get their food grains for the whole year. You can save time so nicely. So these things are required for happy home. There must be food grains. You cannot be happy without eating. That is not possible. Annad bhavanti. Krsna also says in the Bhagavad-gita, annad bhavanti bhutani. If you have got sufficient anna, eatables, foodstuff, then you become happy.

So three things: one thing, that at home no rascal should be received or given credit… According to Vedic system, at home a sannyasi is welcome, a brahmana is welcome. Because they will give good instruction, so they are welcome. Just like when Gargamuni came to Maharaja Nanda, Nanda Maharaja’s house, how nice reception he gave him. That is the… Especially… Of course, any guest is welcome, but especially a brahmana, a sannyasi, is very well received. Still in Indian village, if a sannyasi goes, he has no problem for eating or staying, residence. Everyone will request, “Swamiji, today you take prasadam at my place.” So there are many villagers. So he can stay three days, four days. So there is no scarcity. Still they will invite you, “Please come. Take prasadam.” So because… Why this system? Because sannyasi means he will give good instruction, spiritual knowledge. But that is his business, parivrajakacarya, wandering all over the world and giving good instruction. Therefore parivrajaka. Parivrajaka means wandering, and acarya means teacher. Parivrajakacarya. This is sannyasi’s business. So they must be well received. At the present moment, if a sannyasi is trying to enter in some householder’s house, immediately the doorman, “Please get out. Get out. Get out.” Because some of the sannyasis, they have taken this dress as a means of livelihood. But still in the village, any sannyasi—he may be a cheater, still he is welcome. In the cities, of course, in India, they are now doubtful, “Whether he is actually sannyasi or to fill up his belly he has taken this dress?” So this is the formula. So very learned men, the… generally, the sannyasi and brahmanas, they should be worshiped, not the fools and rascals.

So murkha yatra na pujyante and dhanyam yatra. Dhanyam means paddy, rice, well-stocked. Perhaps you have, in your country also what is called, barn? That, you keep…

Devotee: Silo.

Prabhupada: So you have got big, big stock. That is required. There may be scarcity at times, but if you keep stock, then there is no trouble. This one, no foolish rascal should be worshiped, food grains should be nicely stocked, and the third thing, most important, dampatyoh kalaho nasti: “There is no disagreement between husband and wife.” If these three things are there, then you haven’t got to pray to the goddess of fortune, “Kindly be merciful.” She will automatically come. “Here is a very nice place. I shall stay here.”

So this Ajamila, he was dasi-pati. He was a husband of a prostitute. So he was not happy. He was attached. Another thing is… That is also Canakya Pandita. He says, dusta-bharya. Dusta-bharya means this prostitute. Dusta, who is polluted by another man, he is called dusta. Strisu dustasu varna-sankarah abhibhavat. Therefore human civilization must be very careful that the women may not become polluted. Strisu dustasu. Dusta means she is not satisfied with husband. She wants new, new. That is called dusta. So Canakya Pandita says, dusta-bharya: “If the wife is dusta,” dusta-bharya satham mitram, “and friend is satham, hypocrite, talking very friendly, but he has got something, design…” That is called satham mitram. Satham means hypocrite. So “If somebody’s wife is dusta and friend is hypocrite,” dusta-bharya satham mitram bhrtyas ca uttara-dayakah, “and bhrtya, servant, does not obey, he argues with the master…” Master says, “Why did you not do?” “Oh, I am this…” No argument. Bhrtya should be very silent. Then he is faithful servant. Sometimes master may be angry, but bhrtya should be silent. Then master becomes kind. But if he replies on equal level, oh, then it is very bad. Dusta-bharya satham mitram bhrtyas ca uttara-dayakah, sa-sarpe ca grhe vasah: “And you are living in a apartment where there is a snake.” So if these four things are there or one of them, not all the fours, then mrtyur eva na samsayah: “Then you are doomed.” You are doomed. Your life is spoiled.

dusta-bharya satham mitram bhrtyas cottara-dayakah sa-sarpe ca grhe vaso mrtyur eva na samsayah

So this man married a prostitute, dusta-bharya, and he learned how to cheat, how to become fraud, so many. We have already discussed. That was his business. And he was very nicely… He was thinking, “I am very nicely situated.” In this way he was little attached to the youngest child. That was his fortune, that he was named Narayana. That is Krsna’s kindness. Krsna is so kind, so merciful to His devotee, that Uddhava says that “Krsna is so kind that Putana came to poison Krsna…” She smeared poison on her breast. She made a policy that “I shall take this child very affectionately and push the nipple in His mouth, and as soon as the child will drink the poison, He will die.” And Krsna is so kind that although her motive was to kill Krsna, Krsna took the bright side. What is that? “Oh, I have sucked her breast, so she is My mother.” Krsna has taken that. And therefore, after death, Putana got the same position as mother Yasoda. So Krsna is so kind. Who can kill Krsna? So for Krsna there is no black side or bright side. Krsna can drink oceans of poison. So that He did not take very seriously, that “This witches have come to poison Me, but she has agreed to give Me milk from her breast. Then she is My mother.” This is Krsna’s conclusion. Therefore Uddhava says, “Such a kind Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, that the enemy, the poison-giver was accepted as mother. So whom I shall worship except Krsna?” This should be the conclusion, that “Krsna is so kind. Little service…”

So this Ajamila… And in the beginning of his life we was being trained up by his father, first-class brahmana Vaisnava, but he fell a victim to the prostitute and he forgot everything. But Krsna noted that “He has done something for Me.” Svalpam apy asya dharmasya trayate mahato bhayat. Devotional service, if sincerely done, little only, that is also taken, just like the Putana. She had no desire, but still, consciously, unconsciously, she gave some service. Similarly, we should try our best to give some service to Krsna. If a little service is sincerely given, Krsna takes note of it, and His business is protect you, even though you fall down just like Ajamila. So Ajamila fell down very deeply from the standard of brahmana Vaisnava, but Krsna saved him, that “This man has got very much attraction for the child. So let him have the name Narayana.” That dictation was given by Krsna, that “Better keep your son’s name ‘Narayana.’ ”

So he was attached to the son, always chanting “Narayana.” “Narayana, please come. Narayana, please eat. Narayana, please sit down.” So at the time of death he loudly chanted, “Narayana.” He thought his son will save him from the hands of these Yamadutas. But immediately Krsna’s attendants immediately came there, Visnudutas. And immediately they ordered, “You Yamadutas, carriers of order, stop, you cannot do it.” That is stated here. Yama-presyan visnuduta varayam asuh: “Do not touch him.” Ojasa: “very strongly.” “If you touch, then you will be punished. Don’t do it.” (laughter) Ojasa. Ojasa. Ojasa means very strongly. Just like a master orders the servant, “You must do it,” similarly, ojasa. This is the benefit of becoming Vaisnava and chanting. If you chant offenselessly… This man had no offense. He was misguided accidentally, but he did not commit any offense. He did not perform all sinful activities, that “I am now chanting Narayana, so it is being nullified. So let me go on doing these sinful activities and chant Narayana.” No, he did not do so. He did not know what is the benefit of chanting Narayana’s name. He did not know. So therefore, unconsciously, he was offenseless. Namno balad yasya hi papa-buddhih. If one thinks that “I am chanting Hare Krsna mantra, and it is said, ‘By chanting Hare Krsna, everyone’s sinful reaction of life becomes nullified,’ so let me do these two thing,” oh, that is very great offense. Namno balad yasya. You have heard about ten offenses. This is the gravest offense.

So Ajamila did not do that. He was foolish. He became victimized unknowingly. So he was committing sinful, means cheating others, became a fraud because he thought, “This is my livelihood.” But he was affectionate to his son. He is always chanting, “Narayana, Narayana, Narayana,” not purposefully, that “Let me chant Narayana and commit all sinful activities.” No, that is not. You should mark this. Therefore the Visnudutas came, that “He is not offender. He is innocent criminal.” So therefore the Yamadutas came and immediately, very forcefully ordered, “Do not touch Ajamila.” Now, the next discussion we shall… It is very interesting.

Thank you very much. (end)