Answer to a private email
Pleasure is part of a living being’s nature. Not only in a human body, any soul is attracted to pleasure. It is an essential part of our consitutional identity as a jiva, spirit soul. Just like we need to breath, we need happiness, we can’t not enjoy.
The greatest pleasure is found in what we call love.
In the spiritual world this is called prema, in the material world it’s called kama.
The first is perfect, eternal, desirable. The second is imperfect, temporary and undesirable.
The first is generated by pure devotional service to the Attractive Lord (Krishna). The second comes from the identification with the unattractive material body.
The are two verses in the Bhagavad-gita 2.62-63, which are a masterpiece of human psycology, that explain how this works.
dhyayato visayan pumsah
sangat sanjayate kamah
kamat krodho ’bhijayate
krodhad bhavati sammohah
“While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises.
From anger, complete delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost one falls down again into the material pool.”
Please read them attentively, with Srila Prabhupada purport, and you’ll understand a lot.
The question you need to ask yourself is: what do I want from my life? If you want material enjoyment, then stop complaining about repercussions. You know there will be, why complaining?
If you want to be happy, engage yourself in studies and devotional service.
janayaty asu vairagyam
jnanam ca yad ahaitukam
By rendering devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, one immediately acquires causeless knowledge and detachment from the world.
– Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)
5 may 19