Friday, February 7, 2014

Burn the seed of lust

A seed is tiny in size but if watered regularly it grows into a gigantic tree. Similarly, any desire in our mind initially may appear to be extremely small however if we keep on nurturing that tiny little desire then slowly it becomes extremely big.  And that specific desire or thought starts affecting our daily life. How it happens? Suppose that we see an obscene picture in a newspaper or on a billboard (these are anyway plenty available these days), our mind like a blotting paper captures that image and stores it. Now if we start thinking about that image constantly and start enjoying it then gradually we would start getting absorbed in it. Soon 24hrs a day we would remain obsessed with that thought. Since, it is impossible to get the actual person of the picture, so people who contemplate on such thoughts start devising other means to satisfy their obsession.  They soon get hooked to pornographic magazine or movies or start searching stealthily in the outside world to fulfill their nasty lusty desires. Lust is extremely dangerous, it ruins our life. Bhagavad Gita explains that it is the gateway to hell and every sane man should guard themselves against it. “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. Turn the pages of any newspapers or peep into any history books, there would be plenty of stories of crimes, suicides and even war due to lust. The two men who raped a 5 year old small girl in Delhi told to the police that it was pornography which they were watching on their mobile which instigated them to abduct the innocent child and rape her.  Addiction to lust defeats us, humiliates us and finishes us. Lust should be nipped in the bud. So as soon as any lusty thought crops in our mind then we should immediately burn that seed before it poisons our life. One of the best ways to fight the disease of lust is by chanting the name of God like the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Chanting strengthens our will power and purifies our consciousness which helps us to immunize ourselves against lust.

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