TEXTS 24Ė25
evam indre haraty asvam
vainya-yajna-jighamsaya
tad-grhita-visrstesu
pakhandesu matir nrnam
dharma ity upadharmesu
nagna-rakta-patadisu
prayena sajjate bhrantya
pesalesu ca vagmisu
SYNONYMS
evam—thus; indre—when the King of heaven; harati—stole; asvam—the horse; vainya—of the son of King Vena; yajna—the sacrifice; jighamsaya—with a desire to stop; tat—by him; grhita—accepted; visrstesu—abandoned; pakhandesu—towards the sinful dress; matih—attraction; nrnam—of the people in general; dharmah—system of religion; iti—thus; upadharmesu—towards false religious systems; nagna—naked; rakta-pata—red-robed; adisu—etc.; prayena—generally; sajjate—is attracted; bhrantya—foolishly; pesalesu—expert; ca—and; vagmisu—eloquent.
TRANSLATION
In this way, King Indra, in order to steal the horse from King Prthuís sacrifice, adopted several orders of sannyasa. Some sannyasis go naked, and sometimes they wear red garments and pass under the name of kapalika. These are simply symbolic representations of their sinful activities. These so-called sannyasis are very much appreciated by sinful men because they are all godless atheists and very expert in putting forward arguments and reasons to support their case. We must know, however, that they are only passing as adherents of religion and are not so in fact. Unfortunately, bewildered persons accept them as religious, and being attracted to them, they spoil their life.
PURPORT
As stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam, men in this age of Kali are short-lived, devoid of spiritual knowledge, and susceptible to accept false religious systems due to their unfortunate condition. Thus they always remain mentally disturbed. The Vedic sastras practically prohibit the adoption of sannyasa in the age of Kali because less intelligent men may accept the sannyasa order for cheating purposes. Actually the only religion is the religion of surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We must serve the Lord in Krsna consciousness. All other systems of sannyasa and religion are actually not bona fide. In this age they are simply passing for religious systems. This is most regrettable.

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