Ajamila (Sanskrit: अजामिल) is the main character of a story in canto 6 of the Bhagavata Purana. In Hinduism, the story of Ajamila is used to illustrate that by uttering God’s divine name, there is hope for even the sinful to be redeemed from their propensity to commit sins.
Ajamila was raised according to the Vedic regulations. He was a perfectly trained Brahmin and had a beautiful wife. But one day, while he was out in the fields collecting flowers for worshipping the Lord, he happened to see a drunken man and a prostitute engaged in a sexual embrace. Ajamila became bewildered and attracted; his mind becoming more and more attached to the prostitute. Although Ajamila was a strict Brahmin he became helplessly entangled by seeing a man and prostitute kissing each other. Consequently, he took this prostitute into his home as a maidservant. Inevitably, he became so entangled that he abandoned his family, wife and children and went off with the prostitute. Due to his illicit connection with the prostitute, he lost all his good qualities. He completely forgot his values and indulged in sinful life.
As a result, he had children with "then-prostitute" and in serving his woman and children, he neglected to devote time to God. But, due to his past moral values and devotion to God, Ajamila was capable of seeing Yamadutas - the servants of Yama (the god of death in Hinduism), when they arrived to take out his soul. He was so into his family, that even on his death bed, he called out to his son, whose name was Narayana, instead of praying to God. (Narayana is another name of Krishna). Krishna appeared at that instant and took Ajamila with him, cleansing him of his sins in his life. Although Ajamila did not devote his life to prayer, he was purified from all his sins because at the last moment he chanted the holy name of Krishna, Narayana.
The story promises that the Lord is waiting for a man to call for him. Even an innocent utterance of His name is enough for Him to lend helping hands to man.
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