(Kadamba Kanana Swami, Finland, 2011)

We should not fall into a comfort zone where we think:

“Well, I’ve only been a devotee for five years, so you cannot expect much from me. I mean in the future maybe, but now I’m struggling with material desires and that’s normal, because I’ve only been around for ten years. Everybody after ten years are struggling with material desires… so I am normal….but no! I am not! I am crazy! I am mad! Because I am struggling with material desires…. I am diseased….I’m conditioned I’m:

Numam pramattah kurute vikarma yad indriya-pritaya parnoti
(SB 5.5.4)

I am ‘pramattah’ – I am into sense gratification…. I am completely mad…. ‘pramattah – raving mad”.

That’ s the translation.So this is Bhagavatam, and we should just think:

“Why am I into sense gratification? What’s the point? It’s foolish!”

We are not speaking about that you cannot enjoy. There is some enjoyment in the material world, but it doesn’t satisfy the heart completely and it binds us to the material energy! Once you get some drops of enjoyment in the material world, then you become addicted and you want more!

So therefore, in one purport, Srila Prabhupada explains that:

“When we are enjoying in the material – that is worse than we are suffering! Because when you enjoy in the material world, you become more bound to the material energy….that’s a trap…it’s a trap, and we really get into trouble”.

All right so at least one should not just think:

“Well, What can I do…I have material desires. It’s natural”.

No! I should think that it’s unnatural and I should give them up!

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