(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 27 June 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.17)
Some people say that the greatest enjoyment in the material world is sex. Well, we can also say that greater than that is to be free from such desires. If you do not have the desire, then it saves a lot of trouble! You know, then you do not have to worry about Saturday nights. You do not have to buy flowers. You do not have to spend a lot of money in bars and all these things. There are so many things you do not have to do if you do not have sex desire. You do not have to spend a fortune on all kinds of clothes and things like that. Think about it, the consequences of sex desire are quite far-reaching!
The other day, I was writing about this and I was comparing it to being addicted to cigarettes (to smoking). Airports are now all smoke-free zones, so then you have this glass box and people smoke in the glass box. It looks kind of foolish to have all these people in the glass box. They just sit in there, trying to feel at ease but meanwhile it is embarrassing to go sit in a glass box and smoke. For someone who is not a smoker, they think it to be foolish.
The same we can apply to sex also. We are addicted, but when we take up serving Krsna, and then gradually our interest changes from enjoying the body to enjoying serving. Instead of taking – enjoying the body means taking for our senses – instead of taking for our senses, we now become very active in satisfying the senses of Krsna.
Srila Prabhupada wrote a letter where he explains to Kirtananda, ‘You please worship the deity and when you make the deity very beautiful, then you will forget everything about the beauty of the material world.’
The beauty of the material world cannot satisfy the heart. So, we are not proposing a life of giving up. We are not proposing a life of giving up mundane pleasure; that is not our focus. We are proposing a life of embracing spiritual pleasure.