(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 19 March 2015, Pretoria, South Africa, Evening Lecture, Bhagavad-gita 1.1)

krsna_paintingIn the third chapter of Bhagavad-gita, Krsna speaks about lust. There are several verses describing lust and how lust is the nitya-vairina (Bhagavad-gita 3.39), the eternal enemy of the living being and how the living being is, somehow or other, caught by lust. Not only human beings but all living beings are caught by lust, so it is described. There are 8 400 000 species of life – so many, from very complex species to germs but all are driven by lust! So even germs are driven by lust. Lusty germs! Ever thought of that! Anyway, so that is interesting.

From the fourth chapter in the Bhagavad-gita until the sixth chapter, we are slowly coming to the point that there is a need for sense control, that unless we control the senses, we will be a slave of the senses. Rupa Goswami describes that kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesas tesam jata mayi na karuna na trapa nopasantih (Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 22.16) and he explains that the senses are merciless. They are na karuna na trapa nopasantih, they are merciless because whatever you do for them, whatever you do for them, it is never enough.

“Bring, bring now for my enjoyment! Now!”
But when you bring, then the senses say, “Is that all? Is that all? Bring more!”

It is never enough, na karuna na trapa nopasantih. Rupa Goswami explains. No mercy. No matter how much trapa nopasantih, no matter how much austerity you perform.

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