Perils of Pleasure

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Talking online to the devotees in London
21 May 2016

 

That is called deha-rami [deha—body, rami—being into enjoyment]: someone lives in the temple but always thinks about their health, thinks about their body, about a comfortable life. It happens.

Guru Maharaj told gave one story, maybe it is Prabhupad's story, but I saw it in one of Guru Maharaj's books. There was once a very big flood in Haridwar, and one sadhu thought he saw a blanket floating in the Ganges. He jumped into the Ganges to take the blanket, but the blanket turned out to be a bear. The bear wanted to survive, so it caught the sadhu. The sadhu could not get out.

"Come out! Come out!" someone shouted to him.

"I cannot come out!" he replied.

"Come out, leave the blanket!"

"I want to leave the blanket, but the blanket does not let me go!"

So, we wanted attachment to the family life and now the family life does not leave us—we want to leave maya, but maya does not want to leave us...

 

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