Ante Narayana Smrti - Part 18

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "Ante Narayana Smrti", wherein we saw Sukadeva Goswami narrating the story of the brahmana Ajamila. In the previous offerings we saw the Yamadutas explaining the Vishnudutas about what they have heard from their master Yamaraja on how to determine who is elgibile for punishment. Now let us hear further.

The Yamadutas then began to explain the case of Ajamila and why they considered him eligible for punishment. They begin to explain how Ajamila in the beginning was a very nice learned brahmana, who led a pious and decent life. He was well-mannered and kind. But one day while going to forest to collect some paraphernalia for worship, he saw a shudra man enjoying with a prostitute and gradually he began to lose his sense control. In Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says  in 2.67,

indriyāṇāṁ hi caratāṁ yan mano ’nuvidhīyate
tad asya harati prajñāṁ vāyur nāvam ivāmbhasi

As a strong wind sweeps away a boat on the water, even one of the roaming senses on which the mind focuses can carry away a man's intelligence.

So the sight of prostitute completely spoiled Ajamila's mind and being over-powered by lust, he abandoned his dear wife and began to stay with prostitute, misused all the hard-earned money of his father on her and began to lead a life against scriptural injunctions. He was unclean and he performed all forbidden activities. He was so engrossed in sinful life that he neither realised his mistake, nor did he repent for the same. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 6.1.68 the Yamadutas further say,

tata enaṁ daṇḍa-pāṇeḥ sakāśaṁ kṛta-kilbiṣam
neṣyāmo ’kṛta-nirveśaṁ yatra daṇḍena śuddhyati

This man Ajamila did not undergo atonement. Therefore because of his sinful life, we must take him into the presence of Yamaraja for punishment. There, according to the extent of his sinful acts, he will be punished and thus purified.

In the purport to above verse Srila Prabhupada says, "Since Ajamila had not undergone atonement for his sinful acts, he was to be taken to Yamaraja to be purified. When a man commits murder he becomes sinful, and therefore he also must be killed; otherwise after death he must suffer many sinful reactions. Similarly, punishment by Yamaraja is a process of purification for the most abominable sinful persons. Therefore the Yamadutas requested the Vishnudutas not to obstruct their taking Ajamila to Yamaraja."

Krishna willing we shall continue to learn further lessons from the pastime of Ajamila through the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam in the subsequent offerings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.