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  1. SC: Introduction

    Introduction As the sinful Ajāmila lay on his deathbed, he was terrified to see three fierce humanlike creatures coming to drag him out of his dying body and take him away to the abode of Yamarāja, the lord of death, for punishment. Surprisin ...

  2. SC 1: Separating the Men From the Animals

    Śukadeva Gosvāmī said to King Parīkṣit: In the city known as Kānyakubja [Kanauj in present-day India] there lived a brāhmaṇa named Ajāmila who married a prostitute maidservant and lost all his brahminical qualities because of the association of ...

  3. SC 2: In Imitation Of the Original

    Parental Affection Ajāmila's sinfulness is shown by the fact that although he was eighty-eight years old, he had a very young child. According to Vedic culture, one should leave home as soon as he has reached fifty years of age; one should ...

  4. SC 3: At the Final Hour

    A Child's Name Here it is clearly mentioned that the child Nārāyaṇa was so young that he could not even speak or walk properly. Since the old man was very attached to the child, he enjoyed the child's activities, and because the child& ...

  5. SC 4: Neither Birth Nor Death

    Anxious to Save Themselves from Death At the time of death people become very anxious to save themselves, especially those who have been sinful. Of course, the soul itself is not subject to death ( na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre [ Bg . ...

  6. SC 5: The Viṣṇudūtas To the Rescue

    The Messengers Dispatched by the Lord The Yamadūtas, who are the assistants of Yamarāja, the superintendent of death, had come to drag Ajāmila away. Ajāmila appealed to his youngest son, Nārāyaṇa: "Nārāyaṇa, please come here! I'm dying ...

  7. SC 6: The Residents Of the Spiritual Sky

    Divine Interference The sins Ajāmila had committed placed him within the jurisdiction of Yamarāja, the supreme judge appointed to consider the sins of the living entities. When forbidden to touch Ajāmila, the order-carriers of Yamarāja were surp ...

  8. SC 7: Authorized Discrimination

    What the Representatives of Dharma Should Know The Yamadūtas protested to the Viṣṇudūtas, "You are so exalted that it is not very good for you to interfere with our business." The Yamadūtas were surprised to see that the Viṣṇudūtas, al ...

  9. SC 8: Religion

    Hearing from Authority Vedic principles are accepted as authoritative because they originate with Kṛṣṇa. Thus the Vedas carry the authority of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the same way that lawbooks carry the authority of the govern ...

  10. SC 9: Punishment

    The Cause Behind All Activities The Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣad (6.8) informs us, na tasya kāryaṁ karaṇaṁ ca vidyate na tat-samaś cābhyadhikaś ca dṛśyate parāsya śaktir vividhaiva śrūyate svābhāvikī jñāna-bala-kriyā ca [ Cc. Madhya ...