TEXT 22
bandy-aksaih kaitavais cauryair
garhitam vrttim asthitah
bibhrat kutumbam asucir
yatayam asa dehinah
SYNONYMS
bandi-aksaih—by unnecessarily arresting someone; kaitavaih—by cheating in gambling or throwing dice; cauryaih—by committing theft; garhitam—condemned; vrttim—professions; asthitah—who has undertaken (because of association with a prostitute); bibhrat—maintaining; kutumbam—his dependent wife and children; asucih—being most sinful; yatayam asa—he gave trouble; dehinah—to other living entities.
TRANSLATION
This fallen brahmana, Ajamila, gave trouble to others by arresting them, by cheating them in gambling or by directly plundering them. This was the way he earned his livelihood and maintained his wife and children.
PURPORT
This verse indicates how degraded one becomes simply by indulging in illicit sex with a prostitute. Illicit sex is not possible with a chaste or aristocratic woman, but only with unchaste sudras. The more society allows prostitution and illicit sex, the more impetus it gives to cheaters, thieves, plunderers, drunkards and gamblers. Therefore we first advise all the disciples in our Krsna consciousness movement to avoid illicit sex, which is the beginning of all abominable life and which is followed by meat-eating, gambling and intoxication, one after another. Of course, restraint is very difficult, but it is quite possible if one fully surrenders to Krsna, since all these abominable habits gradually become distasteful for a Krsna conscious person. If illicit sex is allowed to increase in a society, however, the entire society will be condemned, for it will be full of rogues, thieves, cheaters and so forth.

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