TEXTS 5860
ekadasau vanam yatah
pitr-sandesa-krd dvijah
adaya tata avrttah
dadarsa kaminam kancic
chudram saha bhujisyaya
pitva ca madhu maireyam
mattaya vislathan-nivya
vyapetam nirapatrapam
kridantam anugayantam
hasantam anayantike
ekadaonce upon a time; asauthis Ajamila; vanam yatahwent to the forest; pitrof his father; sandesathe order; krtcarrying out; dvijahthe brahmana; adayacollecting; tatahfrom the forest; avrttahreturning; phala-puspafruits and flowers; samit-kusantwo kinds of grass, known as samit and kusa; dadarsasaw; kaminamvery lusty; kancitsomeone; sudrama fourth-class man, a sudra; sahaalong with; bhujisyayaan ordinary maidservant or prostitute; pitvaafter drinking; caalso; madhunectar; maireyammade of the soma flower; madaby intoxication; aghurnitamoving; netrayaher eyes; mattayaintoxicated; vislathat-nivyawhose dress was slackened; vyapetamfallen from proper behavior; nirapatrapamwithout fear of public opinion; kridantamengaged in enjoyment; anugayantamsinging; hasantamsmiling; anayawith her; antikeclose by.
Once this brahmana Ajamila, following the order of his father, went to the forest to collect fruit, flowers and two kinds of grass, called samit and kusa. On the way home, he came upon a sudra, a very lusty, fourth-class man, who was shamelessly embracing and kissing a prostitute. The sudra was smiling, singing and enjoying as if this were proper behavior. Both the sudra and the prostitute were drunk. The prostitutes eyes were rolling in intoxication, and her dress had become loose. Such was the condition in which Ajamila saw them.
While traveling along the public way, Ajamila came upon a fourth-class man and a prostitute, who are vividly described here. Drunkenness was sometimes manifest even in bygone ages, although not very frequently. In this age of Kali, however, such sin is to be seen everywhere, for people all over the world have become shameless. Long ago, when he saw the scene of the drunken sudra and the prostitute, Ajamila, who was a perfect brahmacari, was affected. Nowadays such sin is visible in so many places, and we must consider the position of a brahmacari student who sees such behavior. For such a brahmacari to remain steady is very difficult unless he is extremely strong in following the regulative principles. Nevertheless, if one takes to Krsna consciousness very seriously, he can withstand the provocation created by sin. In our Krsna consciousness movement we prohibit illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating and gambling. In Kali-yuga, a drunk, half-naked woman embracing a drunk man is a very common sight, especially in the Western countries, and restraining oneself after seeing such things is very difficult. Nevertheless, if by the grace of Krsna one adheres to the regulative principles and chants the Hare Krsna mantra, Krsna will certainly protect him. Indeed, Krsna says that His devotee is never vanquished (kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati). Therefore all the disciples practicing Krsna consciousness should obediently follow the regulative principles and remain fixed in chanting the holy name of the Lord. Then there need be no fear. Otherwise ones position is very dangerous, especially in this Kali-yuga.

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