In Bhagavad Gita 3.39, Krishna calls “lust as an eternal enemy” because it can never be satisfied and it always burns like fire. If unchecked lust can be devastating, it can ruin a person’s life forever. Few days ago Tarun Tejpal was considered one of the most prominent journalists of India but today he is one of the most hated figures. He is charged with attempted rape and sexual assault. Whether it is Bill Clinton or Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of International Monetary Fund (IMF chief), lust addiction has caused the downfall of scores of reputed personalities. While counseling Yudhisthira, Vidura told that lust is one of the main reasons why people commit heinous crimes. History is filled with such examples - It was lust only which destroyed Ravana and which brought ignominy to Jayadratha.
This is why since ages sages have been voicing their opinion against lust addiction. The fire of lust should be doused before it becomes devastating. Lust can be checked by inculcating strong moral values and simultaneously cleansing our heart by sincerely chanting the holy names of the Lord like the Hare Krishna Mahamantra – Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
“There are three gates leading to this hell—lust, anger and greed. Every sane man should give these up, for they lead to the degradation of the soul”. (Bhagavad Gita 16.21).