Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 11, Chapter 10, Text 27-29

Text 27-29

SB 11.10.27-29

yady adharma-ratah sangad
 asatam vajitendriyah
kamatma krpano lubdhah
 straino bhuta-vihimsakah
pasun avidhinalabhya
 preta-bhuta-ganan yajan
narakan avaso jantur
 gatva yaty ulbanam tamah
karmani duhkhodarkani
 kurvan dehena taih punah
deham abhajate tatra
 kim sukham martya-dharminah
If a human being is engaged in sinful, irreligious activities, either because of bad association or because of his failure to control his senses, then such a person will certainly develop a personality full of material desires. He thus becomes miserly toward others, greedy and always anxious to exploit the bodies of women. When the mind is so polluted one becomes violent and aggressive and without the authority of Vedic injunctions slaughters innocent animals for sense gratification. Worshiping ghosts and spirits, the bewildered person falls fully into the grip of unauthorized activities and thus goes to hell, where he receives a material body infected by the darkest modes of nature. In such a degraded body, he unfortunately continues to perform inauspicious activities that greatly increase his future unhappiness, and therefore he again accepts a similar material body. What possible happiness can there be for one who engages in activities inevitably terminating in death?
In the Vedic analysis of civilized life there are two paths. One who takes to the path of nivrtti-marga immediately renounces material sense gratification and purifies his existence by performance of austerity and devotional activities. On the path of pravrtti-marga one furnishes a steady supply of sense objects to the senses, but one consumes such sense objects under strict regulations and through ritualistic ceremonies, thus gradually purifying the heart and satiating the material senses. Unfortunately, as explained in this and the previous verse, the path of pravrtti-marga is extremely volatile because rather than becoming detached, the living entity often becomes uncontrolled and fully addicted to further sense gratification. In the previous verse the path of regulated, authorized sense gratification was described, and in this verse the path of unauthorized, demoniac sense gratification is described.
In this verse, the words sangad asatam vajitendriyah are very significant. One may fall down into sinful life by bad association, or even in good association one may fail to control his senses. Ultimately each living entity is responsible for his existential situation. The word adharma-ratah in this verse indicates those engaged in excessive sex life, meat-eating, drinking and other inauspicious activities that transgress the codes of civilized human life. Being in the mode of ignorance, these persons develop such a cruel mentality that they do not consider any festive occasion complete without the consumption of large quantities of meat obtained by slaughtering helpless animals. Eventually such persons become influenced by ghosts and spirits, who deprive them of all ability to discriminate between right and wrong. Losing all sense of decency, they become fit candidates for entrance into the darkest modes of material existence. Sometimes these lusty, intoxicated carnivores, considering themselves pious, pray to God in a useless way. Afflicted by innumerable material desires, they rotate from one material body to another without experiencing true happiness. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura has noted that material life is so disturbing that even if one is allowed to live for an entire day of Brahma — approximately 8,640,000,000 years — one will eventually be afflicted by the fear of death. In fact, Brahma himself is disturbed by fear of death, what to speak of tiny human beings who live a paltry seventy or eighty years at most. Thus, as stated here, kim sukham martya-dharminah: what possible happiness can one find within the painful grip of material illusion?
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