One who rides a tiger into its lair becomes its dinner

Riding something that moves fast can be exhilarating. To get that thrill, many people drive bikes or horses at high speed.

But suppose a person chooses to ride a tiger, mistaking it to be a carrier animal, and the tiger runs full-speed towards its lair. A fool might find the ride thrilling, but a sensible person would find it horrifying: once the tiger reaches its lair, the rider will become its dinner.

The Bhagavad-gita (03.37) declares lust to be all-devouring enemy (maha-ashanah). It can be compared to a ravenous tiger. When we become lusty, initially we feel excited, stimulated and accelerated – as if we were riding a fleet-footed animal that promises to take us to destination enjoyment.

However, as lust increases, it deadens us to our intelligence and our conscience. Metaphorically speaking, the tiger of lust takes us away towards it lair, degraded mentalities and localities, where anything goes in the name of pleasure. Lust proposes increasingly perverse ideas of what constitutes enjoyment, and we agree even when those indulgences bring suffering upon others and ultimately even on ourselves.

When lust thus devours us, we don’t die because as souls we are indestructible. But we suffer a fate worse than death – the full brunt of karmic consequences. And one ghastly consequence is that we stay trapped in the lair of lust to be devoured again and again. Being as if morally dead, we repeat our misdeeds, even perverting them more in the hope of pleasure.

Gita wisdom offers us the way out through devotional service. By diligently remembering and enthusiastically serving Krishna, we get a better thrill – the thrill of moving high speed towards him. The more we relish that thrill, the more the thrill of lust loses its lure, and we break free from its lair.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 03 Text 37

“The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material mode of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world.”

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  1. BHAGAVAD GITA KI JAYA
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    It is a great day today.Gita Daily has completed two years today.It is so pleasing to see Gita Daily growing day by day.
    Nothing is impossible for him who take shelter in His lotus feet-
    we have seen it before and now you have proved it again,Prabhuji.
    You are a great inspiration. I pray to Krishna to give you all His love and strength to endure all adversities in life and enable
    you to spread His glories everywhere .

    Hare Krisha.

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  2. EXCELLENT PIECE OF ADVICE.

    REALLY EVERY MORNING LOOK FORWARD TO READ THE GITA .

    ONLY SUGGESTION TO GIVE SOME PRACTICAL LIFE EXAMPLES TO MAKE IT SUPERB.

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    • Interesting suggestion – how do you define practical life examples? Isn’t the example of riding a tiger graphic enough?
      ys
      ccdas

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  3. Lust = mahāśano & mahā-pāpmā

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  4. I look forward to your daily commentaries every morning.
    They are very inspirational and are clearly coming from a realized, Krishna Conscious soul.
    Please keep up this excellent service.
    Hare Krishna

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  5. Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
    At the outset, heartiest congratulations for being two years young and growing.
    What an appropriate topic on the second anniversary as lust is the biggest bane in our spiritual journey and effective dealing with it through the strategies outlined in the Gita, so elucidately explained by you, would be the greatest success.
    As I have done extensive horse riding during my Academy days and subsequently bike driving too, hence can imagine the thrill of riding a tiger. In both these cases we don’t become a prey of the vehicle,but the simile given by you of repeatedly becoming a prey of the tiger is superb and good enough to dissuade us from lusty thoughts, words and deeds.

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  6. First time on the site or reading the Gita . Lust is something that has caused a lot of suffering all around me . Thanks for this . I needed to hear this today . Very timely indeed for me and in my life !

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  7. It is so inspiring and so true. In today’s life the major factor of all the crimes is Lust only..If we try to live a balanced life with KC then the crime rate will definitely decrease. Hare Krishna.

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  8. Truly inspiring article! Haribol!!
    Gita Daily has been very inspiring since its launch!
    A hearty THANKS to HG CCP!! Wishing you a very happy DIWALI!!
    Your servant

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  9. Please where is the sloka from….sarthyam arjunasya adau, kurvan gitam amrito dadau, loka trio upakara, tasmai krishna atmane namah.

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