March 30, 2005
Waukegan Mandira

Shrimad Bhagavat 6/1-3 gives the story of Ajamel, a pious brahmin who lived in the city of Kanyakubja. When Ajamel turned his focus away from God, he lost his pious qualities. However, given in Swami Ni Vato 1/182, because he received the Sanakaadik, and named his son Narayan per their instruction, he was liberated. Lord Swaminarayan mentions the example of Ajamel in Vachanamrut Sarangpur 9.

Once, Ajamel came across a drunken man embracing an intoxicated prostitute. Ajamel's senses and mind became uncontrolled, and soon he took the prostitute as a servant in his house. Ajamel left the company of his pious brahmin wife, and spent all his efforts in pleasing the prostitute. He abandoned the ways of a brahmin and deceitfully earned a living to take care of the prostitute and their many children. Ajamel, however, was attached to the youngest of his 10 sons, named Narayan. He often called Narayan's name. At the time of his death, servants of Yamaraja (the god-of-death) came to take Ajamel, so he shouted Narayan's name. Four Vishnudutas, servants of Lord Vishnu, came and released the grip of Yamaraja's servants. The Vishnudutas explained the glory of Narayan (God). When the Yamaraja servants returned, they too learned of Narayan from Yamaraja. When Ajamel awoke, he realized his mistaken life, repented, and offered his obeisance to God. Ajamel left for Hardwar and took shelter at a Vishnu temple. He spent the rest of his life in devotion to God. When he again saw the four Vishnudutas, Ajamel gave up his body on the bank of the Ganges River.



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