There is hardly a person who has not heard the word lust, because the only director behind the whole game of life or worldly desire that lures man is in fact lust. Moreover, the only center of salvation, KEVALGYAN or the center of spirituality is the lust abolition. Thus we know from the beginning the eternal truth that a very big and important role of lust lies behind the existence of living beings. So it is necessary to understand what is called lust? What does it do? How is it identified? What are its types? And what are the ways to get rid of it? So let’s introduce lust in detail today because how to proceed without introduction?
Just as a rose or any other flower put on a place and stays there for a long time and is removed from there, its odor persists, even if the onion or garlic paste is filled in a bottle, emptied after being used and cleaned long the smell does not go away from it till the time, when you open the box of ASAFOETIDA to fill something else, its smell reminds you that ASAFOETIDA existed in this bottle earlier. We must have felt the same in the case of pickle this odor is nothing but lust. From time immemorial, the karmas and feelings (desires) of the various vaginas keep their odor in form of the rites (lust) and such sacraments are nothing but the lusts of the living beings, which do not leave its chase soon.
Now let us understand what is the function of this lust? We all know that the soul is immortal its destruction is not possible so when the soul leaves the body (dies), the lust of pre-birth goes with it. The scriptures say that the lust of birth goes with a person in the same way that we carry a lot of old house belongings with us when we move from old house to new house. According to the scriptures, after death, three things go with soul: 1) knowledge 2) Karma and 3) PURVAPRAGYA (SANSKAR). Here knowledge means worship the spirit (desire) served from birth to birth which takes the form of karma from time to time. Desire (worship) and karma combine becomes SANSKAR (pre-consciousness) which takes the form of lust and stays with him from birth to death and keeps him acting accordingly from time to time. It is on the basis of such lusts that our nature, actions, likes and dislikes, desires, etc. are determined.
We all know that we act all our lives just because we have no control over our desires, temperament, likes and dislikes. We do not know when any desire or work will be born, when we will have love or hate over what is not in our hands, all such situations are created by preconceived notions. For example, SITAJI wanted to get a golden deer and Ramayana was created. Once a work (desire) arises, then the person makes a resolution about its attainment, making an indirect or direct effort for its fulfillment, so that karmas arise, which karma leaves its mark or abode, in the same way wishes-determination-karmas and SANSKAR (sacraments)creates from infinite births. We have built a heap of lust. We suffer as much as in the present birth and to enjoy the remaining karmas we assume many new births and vaginas and again this same tradition continues unabated. That is why it is stated in the BHAGAVAD-GITA that at the time of death you will get a new birth or body according to what you want (as per your lust). But never forget that what you have practiced all your life is what you remember at the end. The scriptures advise a man who has run after money all his life to never remember God at the end of the life or movement of death, there will not be a desire for liberation at that time that is why the scriptures advise human being to destroy lust or asceticism for the rest of his life, which is very scientific.
After knowing the meaning and function of lust as above, the natural question is how do we know if we have lust or not? An easy way to identify lust is to study our own behavior. In general, our behavior is of many types such as 1) Impulsive behavior 2) Discretionary behavior 3) Quick behavior 3) Desired or predetermined behavior etc. Understanding when our behavior is overly impulsive is fraught with lust. Impulse is that which we are in possession of, through which karma is done unknowingly or without prior desire i.e. reluctantly. E.g. If you get something for free, you will want to take it, even if it is not useful, you will be jealous when you see someone stepping forward and we will compete with it, the desire to kill someone’s right cannot be stopped, (many people are taking away the right of brother or relatives). Anger is born, in the same way love or affection or sympathy is born to a stranger, these are all examples of impulsive behavior. Behind which lust is responsible.
We are ruled by such impulses or lusts. In fact, we are the slaves of lust so that even reluctance leads to rage-hatred, competition, anger, theft, ego, etc., the reasons behind which are the transactions of many previous births, strong destiny, excessive contemplation of that direction etc. That is why the scriptures advise that one should stay away from the wrong motives and improper thoughts (actions) that germinate the lust that has fallen in the form of seeds. We know that if a seed is pressed into the soil, it germinates with rain. Thus rain alone is not responsible for the germination of plants from seed. Rain is just a pretext. Rain cannot do anything without seeds. If the seed did not get proper environment (i.e. soil, manure, rain, sunlight) for germination, it would be destroyed in time. In short, we are not actually free, we are slaves to lust we just act according to it. We go through many births under the rule of lust without listening to the voice of conscience.
There are two types of such lust: 1) good lust and 2) bad lust. The lust of religion is auspicious lust, which can be pre-made and can be cultivated diligently, such as attaining virtues, charity, penance, sacrifice, etc. are examples of auspicious or good lust. Through which the welfare of life is made possible. While another ominous spirit which is naturally acquired due to preconceived notions or sacraments. There are many such inauspicious lusts such as 1) DEHVASANA (lust of body) – in which to make-up the body, to show it in front of people. 3) LOKVASANA means desire to gain prestige in the society. 3) SHASTRAVASANA means the desire to read all the scriptures in the world. Due to which life is in danger of getting lost or forgotten. Due to which the living being cannot return to his real destination (city of god).
There are five main ways to get rid of this lust:
1) Acceptance of rule – As we have seen before, it is better to live under the rule of lust, instead of acting like a slave, it is better to live under the rule of parents, guru, religion, scriptures. Because until we become mature and qualified to understand right or wrong, it is necessary to resort to proven or proper governance. One of the biggest benefits of accepting good governance is that we tend to accept others. That is, we learn to control the mind and the senses. Because not only are you in the regime, you are determined to live according to the Guru’s parents or the scriptures. Thus one is automatically saved from evil without any knowledge, skill or understanding. Without running one’s own intellect, even in the state of ignorance, liberation from sin, lust and attainment of God become possible.
2) The sixteen sacraments as stated in Hindu culture are the only system to make a person pure, holy and free from lust, so that person should respect all those and act accordingly.
3) Purification of food – Diet is not just food, it is our food that we absorb through our five senses, such as speaking and eating through the tongue, seeing through the eyes, hearing through the ears, sniffing through the nose and touching through the skin or Realizing, all those deeds should become sacred. Don’t look bad, don’t speak lie, don’t think wrong, because these are all ladders of fall. Once wrapped, it is very difficult to return. The diet produced by the five senses produces phlegm, bile and gas in the body which are responsible for health and many diseases. The decay of lust becomes easier if the whole daily routine is pure of the senses.
4) Karma Yoga – Karma is bound to be done by any karma motivated by lust, with determination, for fulfillment of desires or expecting fruit which again creates a vicious cycle of lust-spirit-determination-pre-knowledge (sacraments) -karma and destiny. So that to do every deed to please God, to do NISHKAM-karma, that is, to give up the deeds ruled by lust, to remove the feeling of doer and create vision which is the best way to rid off lust. The details of which are given in the BHAGAVAD GITA, which we all know.
5) To keep constant closeness of worship-meditation-devotion-remembrance etc. Arrange SATSANG if two people meet and a lecture if a large group gathers. In short, to keep the mind attached to God through all efforts, to keep busy because we know that “KHALI Man SHAITAN KA GHAR”. Constantly paying attention to the direction of the mind and the quality of thoughts and taking note of which direction the mind goes special? So that improper thought cannot enter the mind. Also try to get the best ideas into the mind and to stabilize it. Continue such study uninterruptedly. Turn competition into friendship, jealousy into pleasure, ego into acceptance, and deplete lust through the contemplation of Vedanta. Thus meditation is nothing but a system of calling the mind a “statue”, that is, a system of calming and stabilizing the mind which should be played continuously like a natural game.
6) To get Philosophical knowledge –philosophical knowledge means to remain constant in one’s pure form. The pure form of the soul is Sat-chit and ANAND. So that nothing bad happens, and constantly be aware that I am pure soul and how can anything bad done by me? That feeling has to be maintained constantly. In addition, continuous effort has to be continued as it is not possible to achieve anything without efforts. Unattainable attainment is also possible through determination and hard-work. Moreover, every vagina in the world is for suffering, one should try to understand it, that is, understanding the real form of the world is called real philosophy attainment. The philosophy of understanding from which one wishes to escape is obtained. The senses the mind-intellect is the main place of lust. There is big lust in the senses while there is subtle lust in the mind and intellect. Thus it is inevitable to try to remove lust from all those places by identifying the place.
In fact, through penance, charity, sacrifice, etc., we have to remove the interest, that is, to destroy the lust, not only to arrange to postpone the victim, but we are postponing the victim. Which is not real asceticism, because of which the seeds of indulgence remain intact and germinate again at convenience, as ten days of fasting is not asceticism, but for a limited time we have arranged to postpone the sacrifice and on the eleventh day the lust for food arose. Care must be taken to ensure that this does not happen. With understanding, that is, through the acquisition of knowledge, one should try to remove the interest of the senses. When we realize that something is painful, it becomes easy to give it up. In short by understanding the reality of worldly suffering it is extremely easy to reduce interest in it.
The best achievement of human life is birth liberalization (liberalization from all kinds of body bonds and relationship bonds) as it is the root of all sufferings. There are three means of such liberation: 1) attainment of real philosophical knowledge 2) purification of the mind and 3) lust abolition. But the attainment of knowledge or purification of the mind is not possible without destroying lust. So the most important tool for liberation is lust abolition. Put saffron-almond milk in a lustful vessel with garlic, onion or ASAFOETIDA then odor will be of garlic onion only. Just like that enlightenment in the lustful mind is not possible. When fencing is made by gold in the soil, apply musk fertilizer but sow onion, what is achieved? That we can all understand. So what is called lust? What is its function? What are its types? Etc. should be identified and measures should be taken for its destruction so that the best attainment of human life (attainment of liberation) can take place.
By – Shilpa Shah
Shilpa shah director incharge HKBBA college