Srimad Bhagavatam 11.26.21-23 - Best use of Bad Bargain (download mp3)
by Madhav Gopal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
kṛmīṇāṁ kiyad antaram
What difference is there between ordinary worms and persons who try to enjoy this material body composed of skin, flesh, blood, muscle, fat, marrow, bone, stool, urine and pus?
strīṣu straiṇeṣu cārtha-vit
manaḥ kṣubhyati nānyathā
Yet even one who theoretically understands the actual nature of the body should never associate with women or with men attached to women. After all, the contact of the senses with their objects inevitably agitates the mind.
adṛṣṭād aśrutād bhāvān
na bhāva upajāyate
śāmyati stimitaṁ manaḥ
Because the mind is not disturbed by that which is neither seen nor heard, the mind of a person who restricts the material senses will automatically be checked in its material activities and become pacified.
It may be argued that even while closing one’s eyes, while dreaming or while living in a solitary place, one may remember or contemplate sense gratification. Such an experience, however, is due to previous sense gratification that one repeatedly saw and heard about. When one restricts the senses from their objects, especially from intimate contact with women, the mind’s material propensity will slacken and, like a fire without fuel, eventually die.