Fwd: Lust - The greatest enemy

Dear Granthraj devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

In this age of quarrel and enmity we experience so much suffering. To find relief and happiness we look here and there, try so many things, but so few of us get to the root cause of our suffering. In the Bhagavad-gita 3.37, Krishna explains that lust is the true enemy of this world and the root of our distress.

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
kāma eṣa krodha eṣa rajo-guṇa-samudbhavaḥ
mahāśano mahā-pāpmā viddhy enam iha vairiṇam

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material mode of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world.

Srila Prabhupada writes in the purport (Bg. 3.37) - "When a living entity comes in contact with the material creation, his eternal love for Krishna is transformed into lust, in association with the mode of passion. Or, in other words, the sense of love of God becomes transformed into lust, as milk in contact with sour tamarind is transformed into yogurt. Then again, when lust is unsatisfied, it turns into wrath; wrath is transformed into illusion, and illusion continues the material existence."

For a very long time we have been tolerating the miseries stemming from lust. In the state of illusion we have no choice but to suffer, accepting one material body after another, and thus repeatedly go through the miseries of birth, disease, old age and death. If given facility, lust and its corollaries like greed, envy and anger cause havoc in our lives. Anger develops when lust is not satisfied. So often we do not get what we want, and when that happens we become dissatisfied and angry. We start to find fault with our surroundings, "he or she is the source of my troubles!", "Im not getting enough money!", "I want a better wife (or husband.)" and so it goes on. If we try to follow the advice of the dissatisfied mind, we find that our situation gets worse rather than better. When our endeavor to correct the situation fails we become even more angry, and as a consequence the accusations of the uncontrolled mind becomes increasingly wild. Eventually by giving in to anger we loose our intelligence, and thus we fall into the fearful grip of ignorance. In order to save ourselves from falling into this vicious pattern we need to know how to conquer lust, the source of suffering. The Supreme Lord Himself gives the answer in BG 3.43, In this connection Suta Goswami explains to the sages assembled at Naimisaranya:

evaṁ buddheḥ paraṁ buddhvā saṁstabhyātmānam ātmanā
jahi śatruṁ mahā-bāho kāma-rūpaṁ durāsadam

Thus knowing oneself to be transcendental to the material senses, mind and intelligence, O mighty-armed Arjuna, one should steady the mind by deliberate spiritual intelligence [Kṛṣṇa consciousness] and thus – by spiritual strength – conquer this insatiable enemy known as lust.

How to get this spiritual strength? Of course by performing devotional service. Now, how do we perform devotional service? Maharaja sums it up in a simple way in three letters - BBC, the hearing and chanting of Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavatam, and the Holy Names - Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. These are the proper means of conquering lust. Our greatest benediction is the opportunity to meet regularly with friendly devotees who want to immerse themselves in these three things. In their association, we can relish reading these transcendental literatures and internalize their message, so that we can engage in the sharing of transcendental nectar. 

By the mercy of the self-realized souls, who perform unmotivated and uninterrupted devotional service, we can get the benediction of attraction for Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavatam and chanting. This only they can give us because they are experiencing this higher taste for themselves. In Bhagavad-gita verse 2.54 Arjuna asks in this connection how he may recognize a self-realized soul, where-after Krishna gives the description. When we achieve the higher taste by the mercy of such an exalted personality, we can enjoy it within ourselves, and increase it by sharing it with the devotees. Thus we can also become fully satisfied. When approaching such satisfied consciousness material enjoyment becomes a pale and unattractive thing, and thus we are no longer inclined to lust after material sense objects as the Lord says in Gita 2.59,

viṣayā vinivartante nirāhārasya dehinaḥ
rasa-varjaṁ raso ’py asya paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate

Though the embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.

Srila Prabhupada concludes in his purport (Bg.2.60) - "Krishna consciousness is such a transcendentally nice thing that automatically material enjoyment becomes distasteful. It is as if a hungry man had satisfied his hunger by a sufficient quantity of nutritious eatables."

Your aspiring servant,
Tejasvi Krishna das