Lust that is let loose, acting independently, is only a cause for unwanted habits and vices in the heart. txt. 11
It always troubles one on the path of devotional service. However, what can lust, and anger do to a sādhaka who always remains in the association of pure devotees?
When a fallen soul comes to the sādhu, the sādhu’s first instruction will be, “Hey! Listen carefully:
dhyāyato viṣayān puṁsaḥ saṅgas teṣūpajāyate
saṅgāt sañjāyate kāmaḥ kāmāt krodho ’bhijāyate
krodhād bhavati sammohaḥ sammohāt smṛti-vibhramaḥ
smṛti-bhraṁśād buddhi-nāśo buddhi-nāśāt praṇaśyati
By meditating on the objects of the senses, attachment develops in the heart. Attachment gives rise to a desire to enjoy, which in turn leads to anger when not fulfilled. Anger gives rise to delusion, and from delusion one cannot properly remember the instructions of śāstra. Loss of memory destroys one’s intelligence, and when the intelligence is finished, everything is lost and one again enters into the ocean of material existence.
“Do not meet with viṣayīs nor think about them. Do not associate with them at all!” The sādhu gives this strict ban. If you think or make even the smallest relation with a viṣayī, then all his badness and ill qualities will come to you. The viṣayī has ātmendriya-prīti-vañcha, desire to satisfy his senses. By associating with him, his nature will come to you.
If I stay with my family members, who all have this desire for selfish enjoyment, then in that atmosphere I will be attached and attracted to them and I will also have this desire.
The sādhus say, “Don’t go there! They are not your family members, they are your enemies. Stay here with the sādhus, otherwise if you pursue sense gratification, then you will become angry when you cannot fulfill that cause. Scorched by your anger-fire, you will lose your mind and ultimately be finished and forced to suffer birth after birth in material life.”
Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says that the bhakta always stays under the guidance of Śrī Guru and Vaiṣṇavas.
sādhūnāṁ sama-cittānāṁ sutarāṁ mat-kṛtātmanām
darśanān no bhaved bandhaḥ puṁso ‘kṣṇoḥ savitur yathā
When one is in front of the sun, there is no longer darkness for the eyes. Similarly, when one comes face to face with a pure devotee, fully surrendered to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, one will no longer be bound by material bondage.
Kṛṣṇa Himself told Nalakuvera and Maṇigrīva, “Long ago, you met with a sādhu. At that time you angrily thought to drive him away from your place of enjoyment. But when the sun rises, darkness is dissipated. All the thieves, dacoits, bedbugs, and worms flee. The owl hides. Similarly, you may have so many anarthas and the strong desire for enjoyment in your heart, but the sādhu can destroy all of this. Sādhu-darśana is enough for our life.
Going to tīrthas will result in benefit after time, but sādhus purify everyone instantly. The holy rivers or the holy dhāma is not as helpful or powerful as the sādhu. Therefore, you were pulled from your place of sense enjoyment, sent to Vraja-maṇḍala, and given a chance for eternal service–by the great mercy of the sādhus. This is not possible by your own goodness or austerity. This is the specialty of the sādhus. They are always thinking of how the fallen souls can make advancement. They do not discriminate saying, “He is a fallen soul, he is bogus, he has many anarthas.”
The sādhu gives a good chance to anyone who comes near him, without considering qualification or disqualification. He says, “Do bhajana. Chant harināma. Follow Ekādaśī. Come to Vṛndāvana.”
kibā vā karite parekāma-krodha sadhākere,
jadi haya sādhu-janara saṅga
If one is in sādhu-sanga, what can lust, anger and so forth do to one?
What is the nature of sādhus? Viṣaya kāmana śūnya nitya-siddha mukta svabhāva. They have bhajana-rasābhiṣṭa-lālasā, meaning they intensely hanker to relish the rasa of bhajan, service to the Divine Couple. On one side there are the followers of māyā-rasa and those who desire to enjoy jaḍa-rasa, and on the other side are the sādhus who have bhajana-rasa. They are viṣāya-kāmana-śūnya, they are devoid of any worldly desires. They have no desire to enjoy. They are mukta and pure. Their association is very helpful.
Who is a sādhu? Sādhnoti sādhayati ca kṛṣṇa-prema iti sādhu—that person who himself is performing sādhana-bhajana to awaken kṛṣṇa-prema and who helps engage others in this type of sādhana-bhajana as well, is a sādhu.
The sādhus do bhajana and engage others in sādhana and bhajana also. This is their specialty.
When the sādhu sees a person running for māyā, he catches that person and says, “No! Stop running. Come back. Do bhajana!” This is their nature. They are very strange. They never help anyone jump into māyā. They will bring them back.
The seed of bhakti will automatically be planted in sat-saṅga. They can plant this seed anywhere they desire.
daivī hy eṣā guṇamayī mama māyā duratyayā
mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te
This material energy of Mine which consists of the three guṇas, and which bewilders the living beings, is certainly very difficult to cross-over. But those who surrender unto Me can easily transcend this material energy.
“If anyone takes shelter of Me then I will purify them.” But the sādhu says, “No need to take shelter. Even if they run the wrong way I will bring them back to God. This is my duty.”
krodha vā nā kare kivā krodha-tyaga sadā dibā
lobha moha ei ta kathana
chaya ripū sadā hīna kariba manera adhīna
kṛṣṇacandra kariyā smaraṇa
What can anger not lead to? Therefore, I always give up anger, greed, and attachment, which are troublesome. The six enemies are inferior by nature, therefore I will make them subordinate to my mind and remember Śrī Kṛṣṇacandra.
Mahārāja Yudhiṣṭhira told Draupadī, “O Draupadī, there is only one process to stop this fire of anger. Those who want to destroy everything will take shelter of this anger-fire. If this fire comes near and you give it even a small chance, then it will increase more and more. Afterwards it will consume you and then you will spread it to all those about you. They too will become absorbed in this anger and in turn, distribute it themselves.”
In the heat of this fire one can go as far as to kill his own guru. This anger destroys everything. It cannot be controlled. This anger will drive a man completely mad and then take you to the abode of Yamarāja.
This krodha is mentioned in the Āyurveda. There it says that krodha or anger causes damage to the brain. It makes one crazy. It induces fainting and also bleeding from the nose. If one is angry, then he will have indigestion. This anger can affect the health to even such severe limits as vomiting and urinating blood.
With anger follow many types of diseases. If you follow this anger, then you will soon take sannyāsa from this world, meaning you will die.
Yudhiṣṭhira Mahārāja said, “Intelligent persons never welcome this anger or give it any chance. It is mahā-śatru, a very big enemy. They leave it forever and forbid it to come near them, making it clear that within them there is no place for such a disturber.
A person who is full of greed abandons all shame. He steals the property of others by force. In such a condition he is never inclined to follow any rules and regulations of dharma, or all auspiciousness. If a greedy person does not get what he wants, then anger is born. Anger invites moha, then that person does not fear to do the greatest sin. He will then remain greedy life after life and suffer. He will collect all the gold, grains, animals, and wives to be had in this world but even this will never be enough. His greed will only increase. He will collect objects of material enjoyment till his last day and he will still be unhappy.
samudram āpaḥ praviśanti yadvat
tadvat kāmā yaṁ praviśanti sarve
sa śāntim āpnoti na kāma-kāmī
As the ocean does not swell even while rivers enter into it, he who remains unaffected despite various desires entering the mind attains peace, not he who strives to obtain such desires.
Kṛṣṇa says, when there are no more desires, no more greed, no more pride, no more attachment, no more mundane affection—when you leave these things, then you will be peaceful.
vihāya kāmān yaḥ sarvān pumāṁś carati niḥspṛhaḥ
nirmamo nirahaṅkāraḥ sa śāntim adhigacchati
It is only those persons who renounce all desires and move free from hankering, false ego, and possessiveness that attain peace.
Once, a boatman who would tow his boat along a thorny river bank began dreaming that if he could make lots of money, he would spread soft cushions all along the bank of the river and he could then be able to walk without stepping on thorns, and in this way tow his boat more easily and efficiently.
He didn’t think that if he had so much money, he wouldn’t have to pull the boat at all. Greedy people are dreamers like this. They have one dream after the other where they see themselves doing many things.
Sometimes a greedy person thinks, “I will have thousands of wives. They will serve me. They will fan me with a cāmara and massage my body.” This greed for mundane enjoyment always increases.
kā tava kāntā kaste pūtraḥ saṁsāro hayamatīra vicitṛḥ
kasya tvaṁ vā kūta āyātaña tvaṁ cintaya tadidaṁ bhrātaḥ
Thinking that this is my father, my mother, my house, ‘my’ this, ‘my’ that—this is moha. There is no idea of us, you, or them. There is only I and mine. This is moha.
You came here alone and you will leave alone.
Don’t think or worry about anyone. Be happy and pleased. Who is your wife? Who is your son? This world is very strange and bitter. Who are you? Have you thought about this?
Srila Narottama das Thakur ki Jaya! (Excepted from the Bhaktabandhav book publication, “Prema-Bhakit Candrika”. Available from [email protected] )