Strategic Positions of Enemy

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.26.10-13 - Strategic Positions of Enemy (download mp3)
by Sankirtan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.26.10
sa-paricchadam ātmānaṁ
hitvā tṛṇam iveśvaram
yāntīṁ striyaṁ cānvagamaṁ
nagna unmatta-vad rudan
Although I was a powerful lord with great opulence, that woman gave me up as if I were no more than an insignificant blade of grass. And still, naked and without shame, I followed her, crying out to her like a madman.

SB 11.26.11
kutas tasyānubhāvaḥ syāt
teja īśatvam eva vā
yo ’nvagacchaṁ striyaṁ yāntīṁ
khara-vat pāda-tāḍitaḥ

Where are my so-called great influence, power and sovereignty? Just like an ass being kicked in the face by his she-ass, I ran after that woman, who had already given me up.

SB 11.26.12
kiṁ vidyayā kiṁ tapasā
kiṁ tyāgena śrutena vā
kiṁ viviktena maunena
strībhir yasya mano hṛtam
What is the use of a big education or the practice of austerities and renunciation, and what is the use of studying religious scriptures, of living in solitude and silence, if, after all that, one’s mind is stolen by a woman?

All of the above-mentioned processes are useless if one’s heart and mind are stolen by an insignificant woman. One who hankers after a woman’s association certainly spoils his spiritual progress. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura states that if one worships the example of the liberated gopīs of Vṛndāvana, who accepted Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa as their paramour, one can free one’s mental activities from the contamination of lust.

SB 11.26.13
svārthasyākovidaṁ dhiṅ māṁ
mūrkhaṁ paṇḍita-māninam
yo ’ham īśvaratāṁ prāpya
strībhir go-khara-vaj jitaḥ

To hell with me! I am such a fool that I didn’t even know what was good for me, although I arrogantly thought I was highly intelligent. Although I achieved the exalted position of a lord, I allowed myself to be conquered by women as if I were a bullock or a jackass.

All the fools of this world consider themselves very wise scholars even though, intoxicated by sense gratification and maddened by their lust for women’s association, they become just like bullocks and jackasses. By the mercy of a saintly spiritual master, this lusty propensity can gradually be removed and one can understand the terrible, contemptible nature of material sense gratification. In this verse King Purūravā is coming to his senses in Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

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