By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
Bhaktivinoda Thakura says, “This body is a material body and the senses are our greatest enemies. Out of all the senses, the tongue is formidable.” It is sudurmati, it has no limit to taste. I have seen in Japan. From twenty miles away they are coming to taste some fried birds in the hotel. You see. The hotel has got its own bus, and it brings customers from the city and they are coming after office hours just to taste some jungle birds, fried.
So the tongue is such a formidable enemy. Simply for tasting, we commit so many sinful activities. They will commit so many abominable actions simply for tongue. And that is a straight line. Tongue, then belly, then genital. So if you can control the tongue, the other things will be controlled. Therefore, tā’ra madhye jihvā ati lobhamoy sudurmati. Lobhamoy – it is very greedy. And sudurmati – it very difficult to control.
Just see. Simply for tongue, so many slaughterhouses are being maintained. I have seen in the airplane that those who are meat-eaters, they are eating just a small piece of meat – not very much. But for these small pieces, so many population, huge quantity of slaughterhouses are being maintained. They cannot give up that small piece of meat. What is the difficulty? They can make… The same thing can be made by milk, milk product, chenna, or cheese. You prepare cheese and fry it – you’ll get the same taste. But let the animal live – take its milk and prepare so many milk preparations. But these rascals will not do. They will kill simply for this tongue. It is so strong, this tongue. They cannot give up this formidable tongue. It is demanding, “You must give me meat.” So they are obliged. And for this obligation, they are committing so much sinful activities, abominable activities and becoming bound up by the laws of nature to accept a body within the 8.4 million species of life, and becoming the worm in the stool.
They do not know how the material law is working – Prakrteh kriyamānāni gunaih karmāni sarvaśah [Bg. 3.27]. Prakrti – nature is so strong. It is acting very nicely. So we have to become very careful. That carefulness you cannot do any other way. Especially in this age. Simply if you surrender to Krishna, if you become Krishna conscious, Krishna will take care of you, and you will be saved.
[An excerpt from a lecture delivered on the Bhagavad Gita 1.10 in London on July 12, 1973]