Don’t just punish lust dominated individuals; purify lust tormented individuals (Gita Daily)

Published on Feb 03, 2014

Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 04, Text 01
By H.G. Chaitanya Charan Das

The Bhagavad-gita’s flow contains many leaps of thought that when understood using the commentaries of devotionally adept Gita teachers provide precious insights into life and living. As an example, let’s consider the connection between the Gita’s third and fourth chapters.

The third chapter ends (03.43) with a call to conquer lust by rising to the spiritual level of reality using one’s intelligence. The fourth chapter begins (04.01) with a description of how since the dawn of creation the eternal knowledge of yoga was passed down through a succession of rulers.

What is the connection?

Srila Prabhupada’s purport illumines: “The kings of all planets are especially meant for the protection of the inhabitants, and therefore the royal order should understand the science of Bhagavad-gita in order to be able to rule the citizens and protect them from material bondage to lust … by education, culture and devotion.”

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