Bhagavad-Gita As It Is Chapter 3. Text 36-43 Lust – the all devouring enemy of living entity. How to subdue the enemy of Lust?. Text 36 Why one engages in sinful activities?. arjuna uväca atha kena prayukto 'yaà päpaà carati püruñaù anicchann api värñëeya baläd iva niyojitaù
Lust – the all devouring enemy of living entity.
How to subdue the enemy of Lust?
atha kena prayukto 'yaà
päpaà carati püruñaù
anicchann api värñëeya
baläd iva niyojitaù
Arjuna said: O descendant of Våñëi, by what is one impelled to sinful acts, even unwillingly, as if engaged by force?
Living entity is pure and never contaminated.
Contact with material nature is the cause of covering it’s pure nature.
Acting in many sinful ways without hesitation and sometimes even without his wish.
käma eña krodha eña
viddhy enam iha vairiëam
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.
Lust – the desire for sense gratification.
Lust turned to anger when unsatisfied.
Living entity suppose to enquire the purpose of life, athato brahma …
Janmady asya… origin of lust.
Lust when directed in Krsna Consciousness, it becomes friend else enemy.E.g. Hanuman – angry.Text 37
yathädarço malena ca
tathä tenedam ävåtam
“As fire is covered by smoke, as a mirror is covered by dust, or as the embryo is covered by the womb, the living entity is similarly covered by different degrees of this lust.”Text 38Different degrees of Lust
Thus the wise living entity's pure consciousness becomes covered by his eternal enemy in the form of lust, which is never satisfied and which burns like fire.
Lust cannot be satisfied by any amount of sense enjoyment, just as fire is never extinguished by a constant supply of fuel.
Criminals are kept within bars; similarly, the criminals who are disobedient to the laws of the Lord are shackled by sex life in this world.
So-called feeling of happiness is the ultimate enemy of the sense enjoyer.Text 39
indriyäëi mano buddhir
etair vimohayaty eña
jïänam ävåtya dehinam
The senses, the mind and the intelligence are the sitting places of this lust. Through them lust covers the real knowledge of the living entity and bewilders him.
yasyätma-buddhiù kuëape tri-dhätuke
sva-dhéù kalaträdiñu bhauma ijya-dhéù
yat-tértha-buddhiù salile na karhicij
janeñv abhijïeñu sa eva go-kharaù
"A human being who identifies this body made of three elements with his self, who considers the by-products of the body to be his kinsmen, who considers the land of birth worshipable, and who goes to the place of pilgrimage simply to take a bath rather than meet men of transcendental knowledge there, is to be considered like an ass or a cow.
tasmät tvam indriyäëy ädau
päpmänaà prajahi hy enaà
indriyäëi paräëy ähur
indriyebhyaù paraà manaù
manasas tu parä buddhir
yo buddheù paratas tu saù
Therefore, O Arjuna, best of the Bhäratas, in the very beginning curb this great symbol of sin [lust] by regulating the senses, and slay this destroyer of knowledge and self-realization. The working senses are superior to dull matter; mind is higher than the senses; intelligence is still higher than the mind; and he [the soul] is even higher than the intelligence.
evaà buddheù paraà buddhvä
jahi çatruà mahä-bäho
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 [Kåñëa consciousness] and thus—by spiritual strength-conquer this insatiable enemy known as lust.