Using lust and wrath in Krishna Consciousness

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Question

 

Dear Guru Maharaja, give me your blessing and let us bow to you today and forever.

Guru Maharaja: reading the meaning of Bhagavad-gita, chapter 3 verse 37, in the last paragraph it says that “So that Lust and anger. When used in Krishna consciousness, becomes our friends, and not in our enemies. “, the question is how can we turn Lust and Anger into the process of Krishna? Wouldn’t it be to use two energies that go to bad processes for something good? Give me the light as you have always done, your well-wisher Bhakta Jomi

 

Answer

Dear Bhakta Jomi,
Please receive my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

 

The blessings of the spiritual masters are automatic in the act of asking for them. However it remains necessary to ask for them and do something concrete to deserve them.

 

The verse 3.37 of the Bhagavad-gita is particularly interesting and rich of philosophical topics, and I’ll give a class on this verse explaining all point of views and put it online for everyone to hear.

 

Kama and krodha mean lust and wrath.

These two, as all our personal characteristics, are originally spiritual. There cannot be a lust or wrath made of matter because only a living entity can feel lusty or angered and matter has no jiva. What is material is the illusion that twists our spiritual qualities and makes them work on a material platform.

Therefore in the spiritual world there is a lust (which should be called prema, or love because we attach a very negative meaning to the word lust) and a spiritual wrath.

 

There are innumerable evidences of this point. It is enough to remember Krishna’s love for Radharani and the Gopis (and the love of them for Krishna). This is a very evident example of lust, or love.
The the wrath Arjuna displayed during the battle of Kuruksetra. While fighting he is described in the Maha-bharata as scaring as death.
Since Krishna and Arjuna are not two conditioned soul, their “lust” and “wrath” were spiritual.

 

By saying “Therefore, lust and wrath, when they are employed in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, become our friends instead of our enemies” Srila Prabhupada confirms again that both of those emotions are existing in the spiritual world and that now they are contaminated by material energy.

To purify them we have to use them in Krishna Consciousness. We have a natural lust (better called love): then (for example) we can purified it by remembering Krishna’s pastimes. Wrath can be purified by preaching, by being firm in not admiting deviances in our Sampradaya and in other ways.

 

 

Your well-wisher
Manonatha Dasa (ACBSP)

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30 jul 2019

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