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Chapter 5: Karma-yoga-Action in Kåñëa Consciousness

Bg 5.21
bahya-sparsesv asaktatma
vindaty atmani yat sukham
sa brahma-yoga-yuktatma
sukham aksayam asnute
bähya-sparçeñu—in external sense pleasure; asakta-ätmä—one who is not so attached; vindati—enjoys; ätmani—in the self; yat—that which; sukham—happiness; saù—that; brahma-yoga—concentrated in Brahman; yukta-ätmä—self-connected; sukham—happiness; akñayam—unlimited; açnute—enjoys.
Such a liberated person is not attracted to material sense pleasure or external objects but is always in trance, enjoying the pleasure within. In this way the self-realized person enjoys unlimited happiness, for he concentrates on the Supreme.
Çré Yämunäcärya, a great devotee in Kåñëa consciousness, said:
yadävadhi mama cetaù kåñëa-padäravinde
nava-nava-rasa-dhämanudyata rantum äsét
tadävadhi bata näré-saìgame smaryamäne
bhavati mukha-vikäraù suñöu niñöhévanaà ca
"Since I have been engaged in the transcendental loving service of Kåñëa, realizing ever-new pleasure in Him, whenever I think of sex pleasure, I spit at the thought, and my lips curl with distaste." A person in brahma-yoga, or Kåñëa consciousness, is so absorbed in the loving service of the Lord that he loses his taste for material sense pleasure altogether. The highest pleasure in terms of matter is sex pleasure. The whole world is moving under its spell, and a materialist cannot work at all without this motivation. But a person engaged in Kåñëa consciousness can work with greater vigor without sex pleasure, which he avoids. That is the test in spiritual realization. Spiritual realization and sex pleasure go ill together. A Kåñëa conscious person is not attracted to any kind of sense pleasure due to his being a liberated soul.


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