Bhakti bestows the intelligence for tolerance and the taste for transcendence
Tolerance and transcendence comprise our twofold defense against temptation. Tolerance refers to the capacity to endure the presence of unwanted temptations without succumbing to them.
Transcendence refers to the immersion in a higher joy that makes one oblivious to the presence of unwanted temptations.
Tolerance comes primarily from intelligence, which enables us to recognize the counter-productivity of sensual indulgences: they promise pleasure, but deliver trouble. Pertinently, the Bhagavad-gita (05.22) lauds as intelligent (budha) those who recognize this and therefore tolerate sensual urges, as the next verse (05.23) indicates.
Transcendence comes primarily from taste, the fulfilling first-hand experience of sublime spiritual joys. The Gita (02.59) underscores that taste alone ends craving. Subsequently, it recommends (02.61) fixing the consciousness on Krishna as the means to taste.
The Gita addresses the theme of higher happiness again in its four nutshell verses (10.08 – 10.11). It (10.09) states that devotees derive the supreme delight in sharing their recollections of Krishna. Significantly, this verse refers to their delight with the word ‘ramanti’ which is often used to refer to the highest of all sensual pleasures: sexual pleasure. This usage in connection with devotional joy conveys its immensity and intensity, which enables devotees to transcend worldly cravings.
In case they still have some inner impurities that they need to tolerate, the next verse (10.10) indicates that Krishna gives them the necessary intelligence. Significantly, this verse refers to this intelligence as buddhi-yoga, which though cognate with budha (05.22), has the added emphasis that this intelligence comes from Krishna and takes us to him. As connection with Krishna is the means to taste, this intelligence paves the way to not just tolerance but also transcendence.
Thus, in our battle against temptation bhakti with its twin gifts of intelligence and taste comprises the complete protection-cum-liberation package.