drstva tam kama-liptena
drstva—by seeing; tam—her (the prostitute); kama-liptena—decorated with turmeric to incite lusty desires; bahuna—with the arm; parirambhitam—embraced; jagama—went; hrt-saya—of lusty desires within the heart; vasam—under the control; sahasa—suddenly; eva—indeed; vimohitah—being illusioned.
The sudra, his arm decorated with turmeric powder, was embracing the prostitute. When Ajamila saw her, the dormant lusty desires in his heart awakened, and in illusion he fell under their control.
It is said that if one’s body is smeared with turmeric, it attracts the lusty desires of the opposite sex. The word kama-liptena indicates that the sudra was decorated with turmeric smeared on his body.
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