January 23, 2015
Any transcendental message, any Vedic literature, unless it is presented by a self-realized devotee, it is poison. You simply misunderstand the whole thing, and you do not get the benefit. Rather, you become a victim of misunderstanding.
(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Bhagavad-gita 4.1-2 -- May 9, 1969, Columbus)
January 23, 2015
If you think of Krsna in various ways favorably -- how to serve Krsna, how to decorate Krsna, how to give Krsna a nice place for residential quarter, temple, how to preach Krsna's glories -- in this way, if you think, that is Krsna consciousness. Anukulyena krsnanusilanam bhaktir uttama. That is first-class bhakti, how to serve Krsna.
(From Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.46 -- January 21, 1975, Bombay)
January 21, 2015
Our imperfect senses cannot see Krsna immediately. But Krsna is so kind, as we can see... We can see stone, we can see wood, we can see earth, we can see water, we can see color. Therefore, Krsna comes before us just quite suitable for our vision. But He's Krsna. So this Deity worship, those who are in charge of Deity worship, they never should think that here is a statue. No. Here is Krsna. The honor, the respect, the samra [indistinct], means with great honor...
You must always think that here is Krsna personally. Don't think that it is statue. Krsna personally. So you should honor and think also and be cautious so that you may not commit offense. Krsna worship, if you neglect the process, then it will be offensive. There are sixty-four kinds of offenses. You have seen it in The Nectar of Devotion.
You should be very much clean, first thing is. Cleanliness is next to godliness. Very much clean, rise early in the morning, take your bath and perform mangala aratrika, then chant Hare Krsna mantra, then read scriptures. In this way remain twenty-four hours engaged in Krsna's service. This is the purpose of installing Deity. Not that after few days you think it is a burden. No, then it will be great offense.
It is not burden. It is a great opportunity to serve Krsna. As the gopis are serving in Goloka Vrndavana. Krsna is so kind. He has come here to accept your service in a manner in which you can handle Him. You can dress Krsna, you can offer prasada, you can chant His glory. In this way, always remain engaged in Krsna consciousness and gradually you'll find how you are advancing in spiritual life.
Srila Prabhupada, Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda Deity Installation -- August 21, 1973, London
January 20, 2015
The mind is the root cause of lust, anger, pride, greed, lamentation, illusion and fear. Combined, these constitute bondage to fruitive activity. What learned man would put faith in the mind?
The mind is the original cause of material bondage. It is followed by many enemies, such as anger, pride, greed, lamentation, illusion and fear. The best way to control the mind is to engage it always in Krsna consciousness (sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayoh [SB 9.4.18]). Since the followers of the mind bring about material bondage, we should be very careful not to trust the mind.
January 19, 2015
Devotee means he is able to tolerate all kinds of discomfort and whims of the material nature, and because he is so much absorbed in serving Krishna, he takes no time to become angry or take offense with others or find out some fault, no. Devotee means very liberal and kind to everyone, always gentleman under all kinds of conditions of life.
From Srila Prabhupada's Letter to Hansadutta -- Ahmedabad 10 December, 1972.
January 18, 2015
Guest: Who was Meher Baba?
Prabhupada: I do not know. [laughter] There are so many bogus Babas. I do not know. [laughter] What is the use of knowing Meher Baba? If I know Krsna, that is sufficient. That's all. Why shall I go to know this and that?
(Sunday Feast Lecture -- March 2, 1975, Atlanta)
January 17, 2015
There are so many advancement of knowledge department, but where is the department to understand that the living force which is driving this machine, what is that living force? How it is working? There is no enquiry and no education. Therefore this education has no value. They do not know what is education. Education means to enquire about the living force which is moving this body. That is education. This is not education, that we have manufactured nice car or nice machine. That is called craftsmanship. That is not education. Just like one electrician, he knows how to join the two wire and bring current. In India it is called mistri. Mistri means worker.
Because he knows that technical art how to bring electric current, that does not mean he is educated. Education is different thing. The worker, they are just working so many wonderfully, but that does not mean they are educated. The English is "craftsmanship." He knows the art, how to do it.
So at the present moment the technical education is there. Formerly this technical education was entrusted to the demons. Formerly they were also manufacturing big, big aeroplanes, but they were being done by the demons, not by the great saintly persons, sages. No. They were being done by the demons. And the yogis, they could produce such wonderful things by their yogic mystic power. That was another thing. But generally, when there is question of manufacturing, that was being done by the demons.
So actually, at the present moment, although we are manufacturing so many nice things for the comforts of the body, but that does not mean it is education. Education means brahma-vidya: to understand what is that living force within this body that is working, what is his position, constitutional position, how it is working, wherefrom it has come, so many things. That is called brahma-jijnasa, to enquire about the spirit. That is education.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Bhagavad-gita 13.1–2 – February 25, 1975, Miami
January 17, 2015
(Melbourne, 1975) Madhudvisa das: We have been here for many lifetimes performing sinful activities. So is it possible to counteract all those sinful activities in one lifetime or does it require many lifetimes?
Srila Prabhupada: One minute. That is Krishna consciousness movement. One minute. You are not reading Bhagavad-gita? What Krishna says? Sarva-dharman parityajya, mam ekam saranam vraja, aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami. “You surrender to Me, give up your all business. I will give you relief from all sinful reaction immediately.” So it requires one minute. “My dear Krishna, I was forgotten, now I understand. I fully surrender unto You.” Then you will become immediately free from all sinful reactions. Without any reservation, without any politics. If you fully surrender, Krishna is assuring, aham tvam sarva-papebhyo, moksayisyami ma sucah. He reassures, “Don’t worry whether I will be able to give you relief from all reactions.” Ma sucah. “Finished, guaranteed. You do this.” So how much time it requires to surrender to Krishna? Immediately you can do that. Mam evaisyasi asamsayam, “Then you come to Me without any doubt.” Everything is there. Krishna has given everything fully. If we accept it, then life is very simple. There is no difficulty.
January 15, 2015
The world is suffering, so much sinful activities. The greatest sinful activity is cow slaughter, and they are committing. They do not know what will be the result. Such brain, stool, stool-bound brain. Thorough overhaul is required. That we are doing. Otherwise the stool cannot be cleansed.
Srila Prabhupada, Conversation -- February 19, 1977, Mayapur
January 14, 2015
Everything in this world is transient, but because we are eternal spirit souls, we should accept only that which has permanent value. It is foolishness to be satisfied with anything else.
From Dialectic Spiritualism; Srila Prabhupada's discussion of John Stuart Mill
January 13, 2015
We should learn to depend on Krishna more and more. Actually, Krishna is always guiding us as Supersoul, but due to our forgetfulness, we do not understand that Krishna is friend everlasting. With advance of Krishna Consciousness one is able to realize that Krishna is always with His devotees -- not only with His devotees, also with the non-devotees, but the devotees can recognize His Presence and the non-devotees cannot. The more you make advancement in Krishna Consciousness you will see Krishna everywhere. Not only on the bank of the river, but also on streets, trees, lampposts, and so on. The more you see like that you know you are making tangible advancement in Krishna Consciousness. Actually, there is nothing but Krishna all around us. This is explained in the Gita. He is the taste of water, light of the moon, the fragrance of the flower, light of the sun, sound of the sky, the power of the strong and so on. so one who is actually making progress in Krishna Consciousness, he can see Krishna everywhere. At every stage of life, who can avoid the sunlight, the moonlight, the fragrance of the flower, the taste of the water, the sound of the sky, and so on; but one has to learn it, that there is Krishna in all these varieties of existence. Without Krishna there is nothing. It is simply by the influence of Maya that we forget the relationship of Krishna with everything that be.
Srila Prabhupada, Letter to: Krsna Devi -- San Francisco 21 December, 1967
January 12, 2015
...anyone who is eager to understand the Mayavada philosophy must be considered insane.
From Srila Prabhupada's purport to Cc Adi 7.110
January 10, 2015
Prabhupada: there are so many rich men, they are not so much concerned to make their children technologist. If they get good education and character, they will give. Technologists they can purchase. Birla, they are not going to be technologist. They purchase technologist. I have seen in many respectable Marwari house, they don't send their children to school. They don't send.
Dr. Patel: After matriculation they go to the office.
Prabhupada: No matriculation. They engage good panditas, good teachers, and teach them at home, and as soon as they are able to read and write and see accounts, immediately engage in the business. They know that "We can purchase technologist. Why shall I waste time for so-called education, Ph.D., D.A.C.?" You have seen that Ph.D. in our Vrndavana? Useless. So many Ph.D.'s are useless. Cannot earn their livelihood. I have seen. So what is the use? Tasyaiva hetoh prayateta. Because one has become... I have seen one Ph.D. chemist in Allahabad. He could not get any job. Then he was manufacturing soap at home and taking it in cycle and going to the market just like ordinary coolie. These so-called educationists, unless they get a good job, they are useless, street dog. Useless. They cannot earn even
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- April 14, 1976, Bombay
January 9, 2015
Ramesvara: I remember another thing that Srila Prabhupada told me during that time that is very important. He talked about the coming of unemployment in the Kali-yuga. We're seeing this now and this is 2009, almost 2010. It's a bad economic time. But Prabhupada was talking that as the Kali-yuga progresses, more and more there will be unemployment. Prabhupada said we must be ready to take these unemployed people into our movement on our farms. Prabhupada said that we need farm communities that can grow food. He predicted that, "One day millions of people would be coming to our Hare Krishna farms because they are unemployed. And we must accept them. We must feed them. We must let them live there and they will gradually become spiritualized. We will put them to work, they will get their food and there will be prasadam. They will hear something about Krishna and they will gradually by the millions become devotees."
(From Srila Prabhupada Remembrances video transcripts)
January 8, 2015
...either Brahma or the ant, the disease is how to become master. This is the disease. Therefore, to cure this disease, Krsna comes to cure this disease, to say plainly, "Rascal, you are not master; you are servant. Surrender unto Me." This is the cure of disease. If one agrees that "No more," ara nare bapa, "No more trying for becoming master," that is the cure of disease.
(Srila Prabhupada, speaking on Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.24 -- March 2, 1976, Mayapur)
January 7, 2015
His Divine Grace [Srila Prabhupada] in the last month or so has been stressing the importance of these farm projects, and said, "This is the next aspect of Krishna consciousness which I wish to push forward. If I am able to travel again, then I shall visit the farms and make them perfect. On these farms we can demonstrate the full varnasrama system. If these farms become successful then the whole world will be enveloped by Krishna consciousness. From your letter I can understand how nice this farm is. I am very happy to see fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, grains, the devotees taking sumptuous prasadam and chanting Hare Krishna. This is the actual meaning of human life.
From a letter of Tamal Krishna Maharaja to Hari Sauri Dasa, 10 Aug 1977.
January 6, 2015
Jaya Govinda was correct in his observation that Radha-Krishna Pastimes should not be discussed at the present time. Unless one is highly elevated in spiritual understanding it is risky to discuss these Pastimes. Caitanya Mahaprabhu never discussed Radha-Krishna Lila with ordinary persons. We have so many other things to discuss; what is the soul, what is bhakti. To understand Radha and Krishna's Pastimes, that is our aim, but we should not indulge in this at present. Then there is sure to be misunderstanding.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Sivananda -- Los Angeles 22 July, 1969
January 5, 2015
Guru-gauranga: They have made studies, and that if a woman gives birth at the age less than twenty there are more chances that she die, according to their statistics.
Prabhupada: Their statistics in the Western world... Inductive knowledge is always imperfect. They have not seen in India. My wife gave birth at the age of fourteen years. She is still living. She is ten years younger than me. So sixty-eight, sixty-nine she is. She gave birth child at the age of fourteen. In 1918 I was married, and 1921 she gave birth to child, my first son. And she was never unhealthy; neither she had to go to the hospital for maternity help. Natural delivery of child. Hare Krsna. This illicit sex, even with wife... If sex life is indulged after the period of menstruation, that is also illicit sex. There are so many rules and regulations about sex life in Vedic culture. That is real use of sex life. In the Bhagavad-gita, sex life, He says that dharmaviruddhah kamo 'smi [Bg. 7.11]. "Sex life which is under regulative principle of the Vedic knowledge," Krsna says, "I am that sex life. I am that sex life." And beyond that, this is illicit sex life. And yesterday I was reading that dharma... When there is irreligious sex, then it increases varna-sankara, unwanted population. So the modern civilization, they're letting loose the women for prostitution, and they want nice children. That is not possible.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- June 8, 1974, Geneva
January 4, 2015
Only by God's grace can one get a nice wife just as he desires. Similarly, it is only by God's grace that a girl gets a husband suitable to her heart. Thus it is said that if we pray to the Supreme Lord in every transaction of our material existence, everything will be done very nicely and just suitable to our heart's desire. In other words, in all circumstances we must take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and depend completely on His decision. Man proposes, God disposes. The fulfillment of desires, therefore, should be entrusted to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; that is the nicest solution.
(From Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 3.21.28)
January 3, 2015
Spiritual life means voluntarily accepting some austerities for the sake of God realization. That is why we insist on no illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling, or intoxication for our initiated students. Without these restrictions, any "yoga meditation" or so-called spiritual discipline cannot be genuine. It is simply a business deal between the cheaters and the cheated.
(Srila Prabhupada, in SSR, Separating the Saints from the Swindlers)
January 2, 2015
Krsna conscious men, they'll be never loser by following the instruction of Krsna. They'll live comfortably without any material want, and tyaktva deham punar janma naiti [Bg. 4.9], and after leaving this body, go directly to God.
Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation -- June 11, 1974, Paris
January 1, 2015
It is foretold in the Twelfth Canto of the Bhagavatam that in this age of Kali married life will be accepted on the consideration of sex only; when the boy and girl are pleased in sex, they get married, and when there is deficiency in sex, they separate. That is not actual marriage, but a combination of men and women like cats and dogs. Therefore, the children produced in the modern age are not exactly human beings. Human beings must be twice-born. A child is first born of a good father and mother, and then he is born again of the spiritual master and the Vedas. The first mother and father bring about his birth into the world; then the spiritual master and the Vedas become his second father and mother. According to the Vedic system of marriage for producing children, every man and woman was enlightened in spiritual knowledge, and at the time of their combination to produce a child, everything was scrutinizingly and scientifically done.
>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 3.24.15
January 1, 2015
Krsna consciousness is in the absolute platform. There is no relativity. In the temple worship, as there are so many different duties -- one is worshiping directly the Deity, decorating the Deity, and the other is washing the temple -- it does not mean that the one who is cleansing the Deity, he is less important than the person who is in the temple room, Deity room. No. Because it is absolute. As the Deity is important, similarly, the floor of the temple is also important, same importance, because absolute. So in executing our devotional service we are engaged in different duties. Somebody is cooking. Somebody is decorating the Deity. Somebody is cleansing the floor. Somebody is going to sell books. Somebody is doing something. Everything -- nirbandhe krsna sambandhe -- in relationship with Krsna.
Because the relationship is there with Krsna, then every activity which you are doing, that is complete. There is no such material distinction.
(Srila Prabhupada -- March 12, 1975, London)
January 1, 2015
By nature, everyone is endowed with individual tastes and preferences, therefore what satisfies one many may not satisfy another, so there will always be some dissatisfaction and discrepancies of all sorts. Therefore, if we try to satisfy everyone's well-being on the material platform, we shall never find the end of it, and we shall be frustrated in our attempts, and there will be protest, etc.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to: Secretary to Minister of Education and Culture (U.S.S.R.) -- Los Angeles 7 June, 1972
December 29, 2014
...the psychology is that woman, the first man she meets and if she is kept carefully, she becomes staunch lover. This is psychology. There is good psychology in maintaining the society. Therefore a woman, especially in India, especially in Bengal, before attaining puberty, she was married. Not to meet the husband unless she attains puberty. But she remained at father's house, but she must know that: "I am married. I have got husband." This psychology. Then she becomes very chaste. Because she thinks of her husband, and becomes more and more devoted. So this arrangement that woman must be married before puberty... Or even after puberty, she must get a husband. So if this dharma... It is called kanya-daya, kanya-daya. Kanya-daya means it is very obligatory that the father must get the daughter married. This is dharma.
(Srila Prabhupada, speaking on Bhagavad-gita 1.40 -- London, July 28, 1973)
December 28, 2014
Our process is not academic, but purely spiritual.
(Srila Prabhupada: SPL 7-5: Seattle, 1968)
December 27, 2014
Krsna arranged: "All right, you come together and finish yourselves." So this arrangement will be done, that all atomic bomb will come in warfield -- one, next, third war. Finished. All these demons will be finished. That is not ksatriya. This is demonic. Ksatriyas' business is to see that the four orders of life are maintained properly, not increasing military strength only, overburdened. Everyone is spending 75% of the revenue for military. Paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam [Bg. 4.8]. So they are demons. Why so much money should be spent for military? They are not ksatriyas; they are demons. As soon as there will be number of demons increased, there will be war and finish, all.
(Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation "Varnasrama System Must Be Introduced" -- February 14, 1977, Mayapur)
December 26, 2014
You can read also Bible. That is nice. We do not say that don't read Bible. Read something, but learn something. Jesus Christ said, "Thou shall not kill." You learn this art. But you read Bible and kill animals, then what is your benefit? First of all try to understand that you read Christ and you violate his order, then what is the use of reading? You follow. Then that is reading.
(Srila Prabhupada, speaking on Bhagavad-gita 13.4 -- February 27, 1975, Miami)
December 25, 2014
The priests are after money. They are not first class; they are low-class men. This is the reason that Christianity has fallen down. The priests cannot speak straightforwardly. There is a straightforward commandment – "Thou shalt not kill." But because people are already killing, the priests are afraid to present the commandment straightforwardly. Now they are even granting man-to-man marriage, what to speak of other things. The priests are sermonizing on this idea of man-to-man marriage. Just see how degraded they have become! Previously was there any conception like this, at least outside America? Nobody thought that a man could be married to another man. What is this? And the priests are supporting it. Do you know that? So what is their standard?
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December 24, 2014
Those engaged in broadcasting the holy name of Narayana, Krsna, through the Krsna consciousness movement should always consider what our position was before we came and what it is now. We had fallen into abominable lives as meat-eaters, drunkards and woman hunters who performed all kinds of sinful activities, but now we have been given the opportunity to chant the Hare Krsna mantra. Therefore we should always appreciate this opportunity. By the grace of the Lord we are opening many branches, and we should use this good fortune to chant the holy name of the Lord and serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead directly. We must be conscious of the difference between our present and past conditions and should always be very careful not to fall from the most exalted life.
(Srila Prabhupada's purport to SB 6.2.34)
December 23, 2014
People do not stop to consider that they are actually working very hard for nothing. One who earns millions of dollars cannot really eat much more than a man who makes ten dollars. A man who earns millions of dollars cannot mate with millions of women. That is not within his power. His mating power is the same as one who earns ten dollars, just as his power of eating is the same. This is to say that our power of enjoyment is limited. One should therefore think, "My enjoyment is the same as that of the man who is earning ten dollars daily. So why am I working so hard to earn millions of dollars? Why am I wasting my energy? I should engage my time and energy in
understanding God. That is the purpose of life." If one has no economic problems, he has sufficient time to understand Krsna consciousness. If he wastes this precious time, he is called a mudha, a rascal or an ass.
(From "The Path of Perfection" by Srila Prabhupada)
December 22, 2014
Suklo raktas tatha pita idanim krsnatam gatah [SB 10.8.13]: "Your child had formerly white color." White color... Sometimes some critics criticize us that "Krsna everywhere, He is black. Why in your temple white?" But it is said that sukla, suklo raktas tatha pita idanim krsnatam gatah: "Your son had other colors also, white and red and yellow, and now He has assumed blackish color."
(From Srila Prabhupada's class on Bhagavad-gita 7.2 -- March 10, 1975, London)
December 21, 2014
...continually war, strain, politics, diplomacy, lecture, parliament. There is no finishing of war. There is no finishing. It will go on. Just like same example: if you keep the dogs as dogs, they'll going on barking. It will never finish. So this is the civilization of dog work. It is not human civilization. Therefore it is going on. War is not stopped. Where is stop? War is stopped? No. Going on. And it will go on, because they are dogs. You cannot stop their barking. There are so many things. If we follow the instruction of Bhagavad-gita, then whole world will be... This is a fact. Now, how to implement it, that is another thing. But it is a fact.
(Srila Prabhupada, Room Conversation -- February 14, 1977, Mayapur)
December 20, 2014
Prabhupada: People think that "These Krsna conscious men, Hare Krsna people, they are escaping." What is that, escaping?
Prabhupada: We are not escaping. We are practically taking the real activities. Param drstva nivartate [Bg. 2.59]. Although people see that we do not work, we do not go to the factory, we do not to the mine, we do not go to the so many, so many things, or professional. We do not become lawyer, engineer. They say that we are escaping. No. You see we are always busy, twenty-four hours busy. I am old man of eighty years; still, I am busy. I am traveling all over the world, writing book at night, talking with visitors, and so many things. You can see. So where we are escaping? We are the most responsible worker. So what is the difference? The difference is all people are engaged for sense gratification; we are engaged for satisfying Krsna.
(From Srila Prabhupada's class on Bhagavad-gita 7.2 -- March 10, 1975, London)
December 19, 2014
Your idea for 5 different articles in BTG monthly is very nice. I like your "topical articles" also. Keep them simple and Krishna Conscious, avoiding too much bending to the public taste, but if they are appropriate to current problems, then it is nice proposal. Rayarama tried this too, but his style was not very appealing to me. Actually, people are seeking after transcendental reading matter more and more, so if we stick to our standard, as I have given you, then there is no doubt they will come to read our magazines in great numbers. Now make it very attractive, with our KC subject matter as you have outlined, and our BTG will be very much in demand, without further changes. I have seen one Christian newspaper which is trying to attract the readers by resort to fashionable phrases and materialistic
themes of mass public interest -- simply because they have not got any real substance for attracting, they offer what they think the public might like, such as sex, crimes, amusements, like that. That is not our method. We have got such stock of real substance that alone it is sufficient to capture the readers, without such ordinary tricks and commercial formulas.
From Srila Prabhupada's letter to Satsvarupa -- Bombay 17 December, 1971
December 18, 2014
Krsna is not meant for the Hindus, but Krsna appeared in Hindustan. Therefore it is the duty of all Hindus to know Krsna first. And they also conscious. Every Hindu knows Krsna. Every Hindu observes the Janmastami, Krsna's birthday. But they are not very serious to understand Krsna as a follower. Just like Christian: they admit they are Christian but don't follow the Christian principles. So that Hindus are also like that. Nobody is following Krsna's instruction.
Srila Prabhupada, in a conversation -- March 9, 1975, London
December 16, 2014
Because in the Kali-yuga they are so fallen, even they are demons, they are third-class, fourth-class demons. [laughter] [laughs] So they need not be killed. They are already killed. Their mode of life, their atmosphere, they are always dead. Just like we see so many demons. So what is there to kill them? They are already killed. They have no life. So this killing process in Kali-yuga is to kill their demonic propensities. And how to kill that demonic propensities? By spreading Hare Krsna movement.
(From Srila Prabhupada's class on Bhagavad-gita 7.2 -- March 10, 1975, London)
December 15, 2014
We are confident what is God, what is His father's name, what is His name, what is His address -- everything. No samsaya, no doubt! Everything complete. Asamsayam. We are confident that we are going to Krsna, back to home, back to Godhead. There is no doubt
From Srila Prabhupada's talk on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 -- March 9, 1975, London
December 14, 2014
Don't think that at home you will be perfect. That is not possible. At home there is no such facilities. Here you will get the facilities. Here the devotees, they are actually following the instruction of mad-asrayah, one who has taken the shelter. They are rising early in the morning. And at home you will think, "Oh, what is early in the morning?" [laughter] "Let me enjoy sleep."
So there is no such facilities at home. Therefore this institution is started. If you are serious about Krsna consciousness, if you are serious about increasing your attachment for Krsna, then you should come and live with the devotees.
(From Srila Prabhupada's talk on Bhagavad-gita 7.1 -- March 9, 1975, London)
December 13, 2014
The mind, like the flame, is susceptible to so many material desires that with the slightest agitation it will move. A little movement of the mind can change the whole consciousness. Therefore in India one seriously practicing yoga traditionally remained brahmacari, or celibate. There are two kinds of brahmacari: one is completely celibate and the other is grhastha-brahmacari, that is to say he has a wife, he does not associate with any other woman, and his relations with his own wife are strictly regulated. In this way, either by complete celibacy or restricted sex life, one's mind is kept from being agitated. Yet when one takes a vow to remain a complete celibate, his mind may still be agitated by sexual desire; therefore in India those practicing the traditional yoga under strict vows of celibacy are not allowed to sit alone even with a mother, sister or daughter. The mind is so fickle that the slightest suggestion can create havoc.
(From: The Perfection of Yoga)