Is the Black Hole of Lust Devouring Us, Diksha Mataji (Gita Daily)

Published on Sep 27, 2013

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03, Text 37

The Bhagavad-gita (3.37) states that lust is the all-devouring sinful enemy of the world. In its capacity to devour everything that comes within its reach, lust is like a black hole. Once lust catches us in its gravity pull, it can gobble everything that makes us human: our cherished spirituality, our social dignity, our foundational morality, our human decency and even our basic civility.

The invisible yet formidable gravity pull of lust acts primarily on the mind and through the mind. In fact, the Gita (3.40) says that lust is located in the mind of the person who is provoked by it. This implies that lust is not located in the object that provokes it, as we often assume. By thus pinpointing the location of lust, Gita wisdom ensures that we don’t blame externals for succumbing to lust and thereby evade our responsibilityto curb it.


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