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Because the prostitute was not married to Ajamila, her sons were not Ajamila's sons. They were all sons of the prostitute. Therefore, at least still in India, a prostitute's son has no position in the society

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Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures

The tat-sutān means the children were of the prostitute. Because she was not married, therefore that woman did not belong to him. Just like a land you possess. The production goes to the possessor of the land, not to others. Therefore, because the prostitute was not married to Ajāmila, her sons were not Ajāmila's sons. They were all sons of the prostitute. Therefore, at least still in India, a prostitute's son has no position in the society.


Lecture on SB 6.1.22 -- Indore, December 13, 1970:

Woman: . . . (indistinct)

Prabhupāda: But (Hindi: (indistinct) . . . I saw another girl just like you.) So by any means money wanted. So he adopted all disrespectful professions—cheating, gambling and stealing, any way to live.

bandy-akṣaiḥ kaitavaiś cauryair
garhitāṁ vṛttim āsthitaḥ
bibhrat kuṭumbam aśucir
yātayām āsa dehinaḥ
(SB 6.1.22)

The only attraction is family, kuṭumba. So for the sake of maintaining family, he was committing all kinds of sinful activity.

So there was one Ajāmila at that time, but you will find many Ajāmilas like that at the present moment, because it is the age of Kali. There was one Rāvaṇa. In the dress of a sannyāsī he kidnapped Lord Rāmacandra's wife. And nowadays you will find many Rāvaṇas like that. You see? The so-called sannyāsīs, their business is to . . . this tendency is always there, but according to the age, sometimes it is very prominent and sometimes not so prominent.

But this material world is so contaminated. In the days of Rāmacandra . . . people are hankering after the kingdom of Rāma, even there was Rāvaṇa in the days of Rāmacandra. And what to speak of all these nonsense debauchees? Rāmacandra was so strict, and God Himself was ruling, and still, there was Rāvaṇa.

But because Rāmacandra was there, he was also killed. Paritrāṇāya sādhūnām (BG 4.8). God's business is to protect the faithful and kill the demons. That is always. Therefore we find Lord Viṣṇu, the four symbolic representation: for killing, the club and the cakra; and for protecting, the lotus flower and conchshell.

evaṁ nivasatas tasya
lālayānasya tat-sutān
kālo 'tyāgan mahān rājann
aṣṭāśītyāyuṣaḥ samāḥ
(SB 6.1.23)

In this way he was living with his prostitute wife, and many children he got, because he was attracted to the prostitute, say, at the age of twenty, very young man. And as such . . . aiye. He begot many children. He begot many children. Evaṁ nivasatas tasya lālayānasya tat-sutān. Tat-sutān. Here it is not stated that it is Ajāmila's son. The tat-sutān means the children were of the prostitute. Because she was not married, therefore that woman did not belong to him.

Just like a land you possess, the production goes to the possessor of the land, not to others. Therefore, because the prostitute was not married to Ajāmila, her sons were not Ajāmila's sons. They were all sons of the prostitute. Therefore, at least still in India, a prostitute's son has no position in the society.

evaṁ nivasatas tasya
lālayānasya tat-sutān
kālo 'tyāgan mahān rājann
aṣṭāśītyāyuṣaḥ samāḥ
(SB 6.1.23)

In this way, when he was about eighty years old, at that time, time came when he was to die.

tasya pravayasaḥ putrā
daśa teṣāṁ tu yo avamaḥ
bālo nārāyaṇo nāmnā
pitroś ca dayito bhṛśam
(SB 6.1.24)

Out of his many children, elderly children . . . he was eighty years old. They were all elderly children, grown-up children, and there were ten, ten elderly children. Out of them, tesam tu yo avamaḥ, the youngest child, youngest child was named as Nārāyaṇa.

Tasya pravayasaḥ putrā daśa teṣāṁ tu yo avamaḥ, bālo, "a boy," nārāyaṇo nāmnā, "his name was Nārāyaṇa." Pitroś ca dayito bhṛśam. Naturally the youngest child becomes very favorite to the parents. So this Ajāmila was very much attached to the youngest child.

Sa baddha-hṛdayas tasminn arbhake kala-bhāṣiṇi. The youngest child, naturally . . . this is the attraction of family life. When a small baby smiles, immediately the father, mother and relatives become attracted. When the child begins to talk broken language, they enjoy.

Unless this attraction is there, it is not possible to raise the child with affection. That is natural. That affection is even in the animals. You'll find a dog, even a tiger, everyone. That affection is there in every . . . monkey. I have seen it practically. In Kanpur I was staying in a room, and one monkey came with a child, and the child somehow or other entered into the window through the bars, and the mother became mad.

She thought, "My child is gone." She became mad. So somehow or other, again I pushed that monkey out of the bars, and immediately she embraced the child and took away. Just see. The affection is there.