Understanding Spirit Through Matter (SB 11.8.42-44)

Venue: ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai, India
Date: 2018.04.28
Summary: Lecture on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Canto 11: General History, Chapter 8: The Story of Piṅgalā

ātmaiva hy ātmano goptā
nirvidyeta yadākhilāt
apramatta idaṁ paśyed
grastaṁ kālāhinā jagat

When the living entity sees that the entire universe has been seized by the serpent of time, he becomes sober and sane and at that time detaches himself from all material sense gratification. In that condition the living entity is qualified to be his own protector.

śrī-brāhmaṇa uvāca
evaṁ vyavasita-matir
durāśāṁ kānta-tarṣa-jām
chittvopaśamam āsthāya
śayyām upaviveśa sā

The avadhūta said: Thus, her mind completely made up, Piṅgalā cut off all her sinful desires to enjoy sex pleasure with lovers, and she became situated in perfect peace. Then she sat down on her bed.

āśā hi paramaṁ duḥkhaṁ
nairāśyaṁ paramaṁ sukham
yathā sañchidya kāntāśāṁ
sukhaṁ suṣvāpa piṅgalā

Material desire is undoubtedly the cause of the greatest unhappiness, and freedom from such desire is the cause of the greatest happiness. Therefore, completely cutting off her desire to enjoy so-called lovers, Piṅgalā very happily went to sleep.

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