TEXT 25
ādīpanaṁ sva-gātrāṇāṁ
veṣṭayitvolmukādibhiḥ
ātma-māṁsādanaṁ kvāpi
sva-kṛttaṁ parato ’pi vā
SYNONYMS
ādīpanam—setting on fire; sva-gātrāṇām—of his own limbs; veṣṭayitvā—having been surrounded; ulmuka-ādibhiḥ—by pieces of burning wood and so on; ātma-māṁsa—of his own flesh; adanam—eating; kva api—sometimes; sva-kṛttam—done by himself; parataḥ—by others; api—else; —or.
TRANSLATION
He is placed in the midst of burning pieces of wood, and his limbs are set on fire. In some cases he is made to eat his own flesh or have it eaten by others.
PURPORT
From this verse through the next three verses the description of punishment will be narrated. The first description is that the criminal has to eat his own flesh, burning with fire, or allow others like himself who are present there to eat. In the last great war, people in concentration camps sometimes ate their own stool, so there is no wonder that in the Yamasādana, the abode of Yamarāja, one who had a very enjoyable life eating others’ flesh has to eat his own flesh.

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