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Even the greatest sometimes fall victim (Chapter 2 Text 60)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized                                                     
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2012
      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized


                                                                      TEXT 60

                                                          yatato hy api kaunteya
                                                           purusasya vipascitah
                                                          indriyani pramathini
                                                      haranti prasabham manah


      yatatah--while endeavoring; hi--certainly; api--in spite of; kaunteya--O son of Kunti; purusasya--of the man; vipascitah--full of discriminating knowledge; indriyani--the senses; pramathini--stimulated; haranti--throws forcefully; prasabham--by force; manah--the mind.


      The senses are so strong and impetuous, O Arjuna, that they forcibly carry away the mind even of a man of discrimination who is endeavoring
      to control them.


      There are many learned sages, philosophers and transcendentalists who try to conquer the senses, but in spite of their endeavors, even the greatest of them sometimes fall victim to material sense enjoyment due to the agitated mind. Even Visvamitra, a great sage and perfect yogi, was misled by Menaka into sex enjoyment, although the yogi was endeavoring for sense control with severe types of penance and yoga practice. And, of course, there are so many similar instances in the history of the world. Therefore, it is very difficult to control the mind and senses without being fully Krsna conscious. Without engaging
      the mind in Krsna, one cannot cease such material engagements.

      A practical example is given by Sri Yamunacarya, a great saint and devotee, who says:

                                             yad-avadhi mama cetah krsna-padaravinde
                                          nava-nava-rasa-dhamany udyatam rantum asit
                                             tad-avadhi bata nari-sangame smaryamane
                                           bhavati mukha-vikarah susthu nisthivanam ca

      "Since my mind has been engaged in the service of the lotus feet of Lord Krsna, and I have been enjoying an ever new transcendental humor, whenever I think of sex life with a woman, my face at once turns from it, and I spit at the thought."

      Krsna consciousness is such a transcendentally nice thing that automatically material enjoyment becomes distasteful. It is as if a hungry man had satisfied his hunger by a sufficient quantity of nutritious eatables. Maharaja Ambarisa also conquered a great yogi, Durvasa Muni, simply because his mind was engaged in Krsna consciousness (sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayor vacamsi vaikunthagunanuvarnane).

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

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