Do Not Torment the Soul

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.08.32 - Do Not Torment the Soul (download mp3)
by Damodar Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.8.32
aho mayatma paritapito vrtha
strainan narad yartha-trso ’nusocyat
 kritena vittam ratim atmanecchati

Oh, how I have uselessly tortured my own soul! I have sold my body to lusty, greedy men who are themselves objects of pity. Thus practicing the most abominable profession of a prostitute, I hoped to get money and sex pleasure.

The art of prostitution is based on awakening the enjoying propensity in men. Apparently this prostitute was so foolish that she maintained a romantic conception of her profession and was actually trying to enjoy loving affairs with her customers, not realizing that they were the lowest of men with the most abominable motives. Like the prostitute Pingala, one should understand that by giving up the devotional service of the Lord one simply becomes a victim of the illusory energy and suffers greatly.

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