By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The whole world is working so hard. They are going to the office, working hours to earn livelihood, but what is the pleasure? The pleasure is sex. That’s all. Their ultimate goal is sex. yan maithunādi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham [SB 7.9.45]. So, one should consider, “The sex indulgence is given to the hogs and dogs, and for the same enjoyment I have to work so hard?” This is knowledge. “For same enjoyment? I have got this human form of life for understanding Krishna, for understanding God, my position, what I am. I am not this body. I am spirit soul. I have been put into this body, and because I have been put into this body—the body is material—it must finished. It must be finished.”
Anything material has got six changes – it has got birth, it has got growth, it has got aftereffect, then dwindles, and then finished. This is called sat-vikāra, six kinds of changes. So I am eternal. na hanyate hanyamāne śarīre [Bg. 2.20]. I do not die after this body is finished, and again I will have to accept another body… tathā dehāntara-prāptih [Bg. 2.13]. So this is knowledge. One has to always think of this. That is called tapasya.
“What is this sex life?” It is said, yan maithunādi-grhamedhi-sukham hi tuccham [SB 7.9.45]. Grhamedhi means one who does not know what is the aim of life. Grhamedhi and grhastha. Grhastha means although he is living with wife and children, but he knows what is the aim of life. That is the grhastha ashrama. As the sannyasi knows what is the aim of life, similarly, a grhastha also may know. So for such grhastha, who knows the aim of life, sex life is allowed.
And one who does not know the aim of life, simply enjoys sex, he is called grhamedhi. These two words are there. In Sanskrit literature every word has got particular meaning, particular thought. Therefore it is called Sanskrta, most performed and purified literature. Sanskrit means purified. So our main problem is sex life. That is because sex life is the basic principle of material life. Whether you are a human being or you are a demigod or you are a bird, you are a beast, you are a fly, you are a fish, you are tree, plants—everything—the basic principle of material life is sex. pumsah striyā mithunī-bhāvam etat tayor mitho hrdaya-granthim āhuh [SB 5.5.8]. Everything is there. You have got books. You study and follow the practice. Be a little sober. It is not that you’ll not be able. You’ll be able. And Krishna will help. As soon as you are very eager, then Krishna will help. tesām satata-yuktānām bhajatām prīti-pūrvakam [Bg. 10.10].
Therefore the Deity worship is there. Along with Deity worship we should always pray, “Krishna, kindly save me from the pitfalls of māyā.” He’ll do it. But if we want to cheat Krishna and cheat guru, then you’ll be cheated. That’s all. The guru will not be cheated, neither Krishna will be cheated. You’ll be cheated. That’s all. If you want to be cheated, then do whatever you like and prolong your repetition of birth and death.
[An excerpt from a lecture from the Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1.12-14, Honolulu, May 14 1976]