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Experiencing a higher taste (Chapter 2 Text 59)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized                                                     
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 2, 2012
      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized


                                                                      TEXT 59

                                                              visaya vinivartante
                                                             niraharasya dehinah
                                                          rasa-varjam raso 'py asya
                                                           param drstva nivartate


      visayah--objects for sense enjoyment; vinivartante--are practiced to be refrained from; niraharasya--by negative restrictions; dehinah--for the
      embodied; rasa-varjam--giving up the taste; rasah--sense of enjoyment; api--although there is; asya--his; param--far superior things; drstva--
      by experiencing; nivartate--ceases from.


      The embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, though the
      taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.


      Unless one is transcendentally situated, it is not possible to cease from sense enjoyment. The process of restriction from sense enjoyment
      by rules and regulations is something like restricting a diseased person from certain types of eatables. The patient, however, neither
      likes such restrictions nor loses his taste for eatables. Similarly, sense restriction by some spiritual process like astanga-yoga, in the
      matter of yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana,etc., is recommended for less intelligent persons who have no better
      knowledge. But one who has tasted the beauty of the Supreme Lord Krsna in the course of his advancement in Krsna consciousness, no longer has
      a taste for dead material things.

      Therefore, restrictions are there for the less intelligent neophytes in the spiritual advancement of life,
      but such restrictions are only good if one actually has a taste for Krsna consciousness. When one is actually Krsna conscious, he
      automatically loses his taste for pale things.    

      Source: Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

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