(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 10 May 2013, Simhachalam, Germany, Srimad Bhagavatam 9.6.50)
Transcribed by Jnana-samudra das
Smaranam kirtanam kelih preksanam guhyam asanam (Srila Prabhupada Lecture, SB 6.1.11, 25 July 1971, NY). It is said that hearing about illicit sex; speaking about illicit sex; remembering illicit sex; looking, joking, sitting with a member of the opposite sex in a secluded place; or actually contemplating illicit sexual activity or actually engaging in the act itself – all these eight constitute illicit sex. So, when we promised no illicit sex, it means we have to really like, not just deal only with the externals, but we have to root it out completely – also out of the consciousness – to be safe. And that is not fanaticism; that is not overly strict.