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Devamrita Swami: what to do in life

Verse: BG 5.21-22
Place: ISKCON Leipzig, Germany
Time: 44 min.

This is a very provocative verse. Krishna rejects all false pleasure. Shouldn??(TM)t there be a balance between both false and real pleasure? Physiologists say that repression can be damaging to the psyche.

No! Would you make a balance with real and counterfeit money? A yogi has better things to do than enjoy false pleasure. And, by the way, psychologist is the profession with the highest suicide rate.

Detachment requires training. We must know what is good, what is bad and get a taste of the real, unlimited pleasure obtainable by concentrating on the Supreme. Such spiritual pleasure is far, far higher than the highest material pleasure (sex life). It is worth the small inconvenience necessary to obtain it. Material pleasure simply traps us.


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  • How to employ the material elements for the atma-tattva?
  • Why do you wear a watch? Time does not play a role for Krishna! You??(TM)re under the same material stress and time pressure as everyone else. Isn??(TM)t that a contradiction?
  • What does it mean to serve Krishna?
  • But Krishna talks of two yogas: jnana and bhakti?

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  • Christina 02/06/2007 4:34pm (11 years ago)

    hare Krishna to all!

    This article is really worth my dearest Gurudev:) He is so decisive and unappealing, but at the same time convincing, that there is nothing left but agree...
    People, please, break up all these material attachements and start a new life, yours, spiritiual one and you'll become happy!!!

    Hariiiiiiii :)

  • Tejpal 25/12/2005 11:38am (12 years ago)

    Hari bol!!

    Itsdone ...I can hear the discourse..

    Hari Bol!

  • Tejpal 25/12/2005 11:35am (12 years ago)

    Hari Bol!

    Can some one kindly let me know how I can read this full article?

    I am really eager ..

  • Nanda Sunu dasa 22/12/2005 9:59am (12 years ago)

    I really love the way Maharaj smashes the modern pop culture ways of thinking, he always does it with a smile too =)

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