Saturday, January 30, 2016

Everyone Should be a Sannyasa (Even Householders)

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura..."It has been stated in the rasa-pancadhyayi (Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.33.39)*  that the heart disease of those who study this lila is vanquished. What is the heart disease of the conditional soul? Material lust. This lust naturally arises in those who identify themselves with a male or female body composed of seven dhatus, such as flesh and blood, and who take shelter of the subtle body by accepting an identity consisting of desires pertaining to the mind, intelligence, and false ego. Nothing has the power to remove this lust easily; it can only be dispelled by the continuous cultivation of endeavors and moods in pursuit of vraja-lila." 

Srimad-Bhagavatam - Tenth Canto - 10.33.39: The Rasa Dance
vikrīḍitaṁ vraja-vadhūbhir idaṁ ca viṣṇoḥ
śraddhānvito 'nuśṛṇuyād atha varṇayed yaḥ
bhaktiṁ parāṁ bhagavati pratilabhya kāmaṁ
hṛd-rogam āśv apahinoty acireṇa dhīraḥ
vikrīḍitam—the sporting; vraja-vadhūbhiḥ—with the young women of Vṛndāvana; idam—this; ca—and; viṣṇoḥ—by Lord Viṣṇu; śraddhā-anvitaḥ—faithfully; anuśṛṇuyāt—hears; atha—or; varṇayet—describes; yaḥ—who; bhaktim—devotional service; parām—transcendental; bhagavati—unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead; pratilabhya—obtaining; kāmam—material lust; hṛt—in the heart; rogam—the disease; aśu—quickly; apahinoti—he drives away; acireṇa—without delay; dhīraḥ—sober.
Anyone who faithfully hears or describes the Lord's playful affairs with the gopis of Vrndavana will attain the Lord's pure devotional service. Thus he will quickly become sober and conquer lust, the disease of the heart.

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