The History Of Ajamila by Srila Sukadeva Goswami
In the beginning, the brāhmaṇa named Ajamila studied all the Vedic literatures. He became
a reservoir of good qualities due to his, good conduct and good character. Firmly established
in the execution of the Vedic injunctions, he was very mild and gentle, and he kept his mind
and senses under control. Furthermore, he was always truthful; he learned how to chant the Vedic mantras, and he was also very pure. Ajamila was very respectful to his spiritual master, the
fire-god, guests, and the elderly members of his household. Indeed, he was free from false
He was upright, benevolent to all living entities, and well-behaved. He would never
speak nonsense or envy anyone. Once, on the order of his father this brāhmaṇa Ajamila, went to the forest to collect fruit, flowers and two kinds of grass, called samit and kuśa. On the way home, he chanced upon a lewd forth class man, who was shamelessly embracing and kissing a lascivious woman. The śūdra was smiling, singing and making merry as if this were proper behavior. Both the śūdra and the loose woman was drunk. The prostitute’s eyes were rolling in intoxication, and her clothes had become loose. Such was the condition in which Ajamila saw them. When Ajamila saw this, the dormant carnal desires in his heart awakened, and in illusion he fell under their control. As far as possible he patiently tried to remember the instructions of the śāstras to not even see a woman.
He tried to control his lusty desires, with the help of this knowledge and his intellect but because of the force of Cupid within his heart, he failed. Just as at the time of an eclipse the sun and moon
are covered by a low planet, the brāhmaṇa lost all his good sense. Due to his bewilderment, he always thought of this woman, and within a short time he took her as a servant in his house and abandoned all the regulative principles of a brāhmaṇa. Thus Ajamila began spending whatever money he had inherited from his father to satisfy this woman with various material presentations. He gave up all his brahminical activities in his efforts to please that woman.
Because his intelligence was shrouded by the sensual glance of the prostitute, the victimized brāhmaṇa Ajamila lead a life of sin in her company.
He even gave up his beautiful young wife, who came from a respected brāhmaṇa family. Although born as a brāhmaṇa , this degenerate rascal, bereft of intelligence because of associating with a base woman, accrued money
capricious, not caring whether by means fair or foul , and used it to maintain his illegitimate sons and daughters. This brāhmaṇa irresponsibly spent the greater part of his long lifetime transgressing all the rules and regulations of the scriptures, living extravagantly and eating food prepared by a wanton woman. Therefore has committed much sin. He is unclean and is addicted to forbidden activities. Furthermore, this man Ajamila did not undergo prescribed
atonement. Therefore, we must take him to the court of Yamaraja where, according to the to the extent of his sinful acts, he will be punished and thus purified.
— Srimad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) » Canto 6 » Chapter 1: The
History of the Life of Ajamila » Verses: 56-68.