How the senses can be stopped from mischievous activities

by April 8, 2013

The senses are transcendental in

nature, but their activities become polluted when contaminated by matter.

We have to treat the senses to cure them of the material disease, not

stop them from acting, as suggested by the impersonalist. In Bhagavadgita

(2.59) it is said that one ceases all material activities only when

satisfied by contact with a better engagement. Consciousness is active by

nature and cannot be stopped from working. Artificially stopping a

mischievous child is not the real remedy. The child must be given some

better engagement so that he will automatically stop causing mischief. In

the same way, the mischievous activities of the senses can be stopped

only by better engagement in relation with the Supreme Personality of

Godhead. When the eyes are engaged in seeing the beautiful form of the

Lord, the tongue engaged in tasting prasada, or remnants of foodstuff

offered to the Lord, the ears are engaged in hearing His glories, the

hands engaged in cleaning the temple of the Lord, the legs engaged in

visiting His temples–or when all the senses are engaged in

transcendental variegatedness–then only can the transcendental senses

become satiated and eternally free from material engagement.

Srimad Bhagavatam 3.7.13 purport

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