TEXT 18
yas tv iha va asamvibhajyasnati yat kincanopanatam anirmita-panca-yajno vayasa-samstutah sa paratra krmibhojane narakadhame nipatati tatra sata-sahasra-yojane krmi-kunde krmi-bhutah svayam krmibhir eva bhaksyamanah krmi-bhojano yavat tad aprattaprahutado ’nirvesam atmanam yatayate.
SYNONYMS
yah—any person who; tu—but; iha—in this life; va—or; asam-vibhajya—without dividing; asnati—eats; yat kincana—whatever; upanatam—obtained by Krsna’s grace; anirmita—not performing; panca-yajnah—the five kinds of sacrifice; vayasa—with the crows; samstutah—who is described as equal; sah—such a person; paratra—in the next life; krmibhojane—named Krmibhojana; naraka-adhame—into the most abominable of all hells; nipatati—falls down; tatra—there; sata-sahasra-yojane—measuring 100,000 yojanas (800,000 miles); krmi-kunde—in a lake of worms; krmi-bhutah—becoming one of the worms; svayam—he himself; krmibhih—by the other worms; eva—certainly; bhaksyamanah—being eaten; krmi-bhojanah—eating worms; yavat—as long as; tat—that lake is wide; apratta-aprahuta—unshared and unoffered food; adah—one who eats; anirvesam—who has not performed atonement; atmanam—to himself; yatayate—gives pain.
TRANSLATION
A person is considered no better than a crow if after receiving some food, he does not divide it among guests, old men and children, but simply eats it himself, or if he eats it without performing the five kinds of sacrifice. After death he is put into the most abominable hell, known as Krmibhojana. In that hell is a lake 100,000 yojanas [800,000 miles] wide and filled with worms. He becomes a worm in that lake and feeds on the other worms there, who also feed on him. Unless he atones for his actions before his death, such a sinful man remains in the hellish lake of Krmibhojana for as many years as there are yojanas in the width of the lake.
PURPORT
As stated in Bhagavad-gita (3.13):
“The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is first offered for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin.” All food is given to us by the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Eko bahunam yo vidadhati kaman: the Lord supplies everyone with the necessities of life. Therefore we should acknowledge His mercy by performing yajna (sacrifice). This is the duty of everyone. Indeed, the sole purpose of life is to perform yajna. According to Krsna (Bg. 3.9):
yajnarthat karmano ’nyatra
loko ’yam karma-bandhanah
tad-artham karma kaunteya
mukta-sangah samacara
“Work done as a sacrifice for Visnu has to be performed, otherwise work binds one to this material world. Therefore, O son of Kunti, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain unattached and free from bondage.” If we do not perform yajna and distribute prasada to others, our lives are condemned. Only after performing yajna and distributing the prasada to all dependents—children, brahmanas and old men—should one eat. However, one who cooks only for himself or his family is condemned, along with everyone he feeds. After death he is put into the hell known as Krmibhojana.

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