SEX IMPULSE IS AN IMPEDIMENT IN SPIRITUAL PROGRESS

By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda

Krishna the most expert lover who enchants even Cupid or Madana

Our most difficult position is sex. Māyā has given such a – they call it ‘nice propensity’ – (called) sex, that it will create disturbances. Even though you are rigid, avowed, (and) you are doing nicely (in Krishna consciousness), (but) sometimes, especially at night, it will disturb. Therefore suratau.

Krishna is the most expert in this conjugal love. Therefore we have to submit, (or) surrender to Krishna. Suratau pangoh. We are very much feeble and very slow. And so far our sex impulse is concerned, here is especially mentioned – Madana. Sex impulse is called Cupid, or Madana. But if we become staunch devotee of Krishna, this material sex impulse will vanish. Because even Cupid becomes attracted by Krishna! We are attracted by Cupid, but Cupid is attracted by Krishna. Therefore His name is Madana-mohana. That is the only remedy.

If you stick to the lotus feet of Krishna, “Krishna save me,” then this disturbing material thing, sex agitation, will not disturb you. This is the only way. Therefore it is said Madana-mohana. Our spiritual life is hampered very strongly by this sex impulse. But it is material, the sex impulse is material, so we should try to tolerate. kandūyanena karayor iva duhkha-duhkham kandūtivan manasijam visaheta-dhīrah. Just (try) to tolerate a little and chant Hare Krishna, pray to Krishna, “Please save me from these disturbances.” And we should materially also control. Control means atyāhārah prayāsaś ca prajalpo niyamāgrahah [Nectar of Instruction 2]. Atyāhārah, too much eating, that is also agitating.

So everything can be controlled by Krishna’s grace. He is Madana-mohana. Therefore, our first business is to surrender to Madana-mohana and establish our relationship with Him. “My Lord Krishna, I have so long forgotten…” That song is sung by Bhaktivinoda Thākura,

mānasa, deho, geho, yo kicho mora

arpilūn tuyā pade, nanda-kiśora

This is full surrender. Then Krishna assures, aham tvām sarva-pāpebhyo moksayisyāmi mā śucah [Bg. 18.66], He will protect. tāms titiksasva bhārata. There are so many disturbances. So Krishna says tolerate, and do your business faithfully. Chant Hare Krishna, follow the rules and regulations, and remain fully surrendered at the lotus feet of Madana-mohana. There will be no more disturbance.

[An excerpt from a lecture given on the Chaitanya Charitamrita – Adi Leela 1.15 in Mayapur on April 8, 1975]

Also Read

EATING TOO MUCH IS AN IMPEDIMENT IN SPIRITUAL LIFE

SEX DESIRE – THE KNOT IN THE HEART

ONE CAN NEGLECT EVEN SEX ATTRACTION IF ONE IS ATTRACTED TO KRISHNA

 

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