In the Vedas it is said that a person who is unable to spiritually liberate his children should not bring them into this world, because it will be detrimental for both the parents and the children. Without spiritual understanding, mundane sex life will result in unwanted progeny, possible disease and the added stress of trying to maintain a family. Though everyone has to perform some sort of activity, the results of such activities can be used to raise one’s spirituality to the platform of self and God-realization. If the outcome of one’s hard work is only to have produced offspring, than their life is said to be no different than that of an animal. Contrary to popular belief, souls that are being born into a human families upon the earth are not doing so for the first time, nor are souls lining up to take a material birth because it is an enjoyable process. All souls are already existing and have never not existed. Souls are waiting to take birth in the material atmosphere because their karma and unlimited material longings force them to do so; if not, if their karma allowed, they would have stayed where they were at, or they would incarnate up to a higher planet. Receiving a human form of life is very rare, and one should take the full opportunity that human life provides to understand the self and become God conscious.
The father pigeon did not have higher understanding and only followed his senses. Therefore he got wrapped in the hunter’s net, that represent the material entanglement. Seeing his wife and children suffer, his mind went blank and he got dragged down into a hellish situation. Since he didn’t have the propensity for higher understanding, the cruel hunter in the form of time, cruel minded people, nature, etc., captured the life-force of the whole family.
“Never was there a time when I did not exist, nor you, nor all these kings; nor in the future shall any of us cease to be.” Bg. 2.12
“When irreligion is prominent in the family, O Krsna, the women of the family become corrupt, and from the degradation of womanhood, O descendant of Vrsni, comes unwanted progeny.” Bg. 1.40
“One who is too attached cannot understand that he is wasting his valuable life for the maintenance of his family. He also fails to understand that the purpose of human life, a life suitable for realization of the Absolute Truth, is being imperceptibly spoiled. However, he is very cleverly attentive to seeing that not a single farthing is lost by mismanagement. Thus although an attached person in material existence always suffers from threefold miseries, he does not develop a distaste for the way of material existence.” SB 7.6.14
“O my friends, sons of demons! In this material world, even those who are apparently advanced in education have the propensity to consider, “This is mine, and that is for others.” Thus they are always engaged in providing the necessities of life to their families in a limited conception of family life, just like uneducated cats and dogs. They are unable to take to spiritual knowledge; instead, they are bewildered and overcome by ignorance.” SB 7.6.16