Saturday, February 18, 2017


Why doesn't repression work or suppression?

"Even a man of knowledge acts according to his own nature, for everyone follows his nature. What can repression accomplish?" BG 3.3

Because unless someone actually transcends the modes of material nature they are still under the grip. Just stopping some external behavior does not make someone free from the influence of the modes of material nature.

Passion for example. Someone may adopt celibacy. But if they do not engage in devotional service they are not free from the modes of nature. Sex is especially connected to the mode of passion. So it will come out in other ways. The desire for wealth (lust) and to be distinguished above others.. adored... vanity (lust) or the power to control (lust for power) These are all associated with the mode of passion. Lust and the mode of passion go together.
So they have managed to stop external sexual activity but the mode of passion still has them firmly under its grip. 

Repression or suppression does not work.
Celibate or not celibate that is a personal choice. What does work is offering everything to Lord Krishna.

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