na tathāsya bhaven moho
yoṣit-saṅgād yathā puṁso
na—not; tathā—in that manner; asya—of this man; bhavet—may arise; mohaḥ—infatuation; bandhaḥ—bondage; ca—and; anya-prasaṅgataḥ—from attachment to any other object; yoṣit-saṅgāt—from attachment to women; yathā—as; puṁsaḥ—of a man; yathā—as; tat-saṅgi—of men who are fond of women; saṅgataḥ—from the fellowship.
The infatuation and bondage which accrue to a man from attachment to any other object is not as complete as that resulting from attachment to a woman or to the fellowship of men who are fond of women.
Attachment to women is so contaminating that one becomes attached to the condition of material life not only by the association of women but by the contaminated association of persons who are too attached to them. There are many reasons for our conditional life in the material world, but the topmost of all such causes is the association of women, as will be confirmed in the following stanzas.
In Kali-yuga, association with women is very strong. In every step of life, there is association with women. If a person goes to purchase something, the advertisements are full of pictures of women. The physiological attraction for women is very great, and therefore people are very slack in spiritual understanding. The Vedic civilization, being based on spiritual understanding, arranges association with women very cautiously. Out of the four social divisions, the members of the first order (namely brahmacarya), the third order (vānaprastha) and the fourth order (sannyāsa) are strictly prohibited from female association. Only in one order, the householder, is there license to mix with women under restricted conditions. In other words, attraction for woman’s association is the cause of the material conditional life, and anyone interested in being freed from this conditional life must detach himself from the association of women.
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