Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02, Text 62 – 63
A tiny crack in a dam is not a tiny thing. The massive pressure of all the dam water forces the crack to enlarge till one deathly day the whole dam crumbles with a mighty crash and results in a colossal disaster. It all began with a tiny reparable crack that could and should have been fixed.
The same principle applies to our spiritual lives. The spiritual philosophy and devotional culture of Krishna consciousness build in our consciousness a dam to check the water of our passions. This dam serves two purposes: it checks our passions from flowing imprudently or immorally and it redirects those passions toward purifying and fulfilling devotional engagements
For our steady spiritual journey, this dam is indispensable.
Butduring our spiritual journey, it is not impenetrable. Cracks tend to form in it due to our past conditionings or our present circumstances or a combination of both. These cracks are our revived inclinations towards immoral pleasures that we ourselves had earlier dammed, that is, resolved to reject. Due to these revived inclinations, we contemplate on those pleasures, thereby causing more our passions to flow through the cracks. As the cracks enlarge due to this flow, more passions start flowing, thereby unleashing a fatal cycle that terminates in a mighty crash. When the entire dam collapses, our passions propel us to immoral, even bestial, actions that can defile our devotional integrity, wreck our sacred relationships and ruin our entire life.