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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 1, Verse 40

Chapter 1: Observing the Armies on the Battlefield of Kurukshetra
Verse: 40
adharmabhibhavat krishna
pradushyanti kula-striyah
strishu dushtasu varshneya
jayate varna-sankarah

Translation:
When irreligion is prominent in the family, O Krishna, the women of the family become polluted, and from the degradation of womanhood, O descendant of Vrishni, comes unwanted progeny.

Explanation:
Arjuna talks about the dangers of the Varnashrama system falling apart. Srila Prabhupada comments that in a controlled society, women remain fully engaged in religious activities and family traditions, thus their chastity is ensured. However if this control is missing then unscrupulous men would corrupt gullible women. The resulting unwanted progeny, created out of lust solely would be bereft of any proper samsakarsa, a secure and pious family environment and instructing elders. They would be thus impious and prone to commit sinful activities.

Arjuna addresses Krishna as "Varshneya," a descendant of Vrsni, to remind His of his family connections and how He would feel if His dynasty were to be destroyed.


Please read the Sanskrit Verse and the Prabhupada's Purport.

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