Love And Lust
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
One should hear, chant, and remember Krishna’s pastimes when they are discussed by the Lord’s associates, the crest jewels among self-con¬trolled personalities. If one does so, he will be liberated from sinful reactions and the entire material existence. He will attain eternal peace, obtain love of God, and become irrevocably free from all material desire.
The insignificant brains of worldly moralists for all their morality however, cannot imagine how authentic and worshipable Krishna’s pastimes are! The loving pastimes of Radha and Krishna are not like the mundane amourous relations between Romeo and Juliet or any other hero and heroine in this world, even when those activities are exchanged between a supposed ideal man and woman. In the mundane sphere, desire is manifest only in the form of a propensity, but in the transcendental kingdom it has form.
Desire for personal sense gratification is called kāma (material thirst or ‘lust’), whereas the desire to please Krishna is called premā (original, spiri-tual love). Material ’lust’ is darkness whereas true spiritual love is as brilliant as the sun. Transcendental ‘lust’ is true love for it is a personification of the desire to fulfill Krishna’s wishes. It is not sourced from the material mind or senses. The material senses constantly agitate one to experience Amourous dalliances in this world, but in the transcendental realm the beauty of Krishna’s spiritual form induces the Vraja gopī’s supposed ‘lust’.
The material senses generate worldly passions, but love is derived from Krishna’s internal energy. It is an offense, therefore, to think Krishna’s pastimes are obscene. Krishna alone is the supreme enjoyer, supreme Absolute Truth, and supreme spiritual despot. All His activities and those of His associates are enacted by His internal, plea¬sure-giving potency and are never even touched by their material counterparts seen here and declared to be ‘love’.
— AmṛtaVāṇī: Nectar of Instructions of Immortality; His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada; Adapted and Published by Ishvaradasa, Touchstone Media.