The heaven that turns out to be hell
People today think of heaven not just as an enjoyable place to be attained after death, but also as any enjoyable place or activity. Our culture incessantly glamorizes sex as supremely delightful, as heavenly. However, the actual experience of sex just doesn’t live up to the hype. After all, the body’s capacity to enjoy is permanently limited. Unfortunately, many people fail to recognize this reality. Being goaded by the culture, they perversely imagine that those sexual indulgences which are forbidden as immoral will be the real heaven.
Little do they know that the heaven will soon turn out to be a hell psychologically, physically and familially:
1. Psychologically: Millions of people become sex addicts, especially porn addicts who find themselves wasting their mental energy on porn, even against their will. Among all types of addiction, porn addiction is often the most entangling. Why? Because whereas one needs to spend time and effort to get to cigarettes, liquor or drugs, in today’s hypersexual culture, one often needs to spend time and effort to get away from sexually provocative material.
2. Physically: Wanton sexual indulgence throws people into the path of a marauding army of sexually transmitted diseases, AIDs being just one of them. Several of these diseases are mortifying, agonizing and debilitating.
3. Familially: Due to extra-marital affairs, numerous families get disrupted, ending at times in divorce. The resulting rupture plunges the entire family into misery. It especially traumatizes the children.
And these three hellish consequences don’t include the karmic consequences of the cold-blooded murders that are legalized today in the name of abortion.
Thankfully, we can protect ourselves from all this misery if we just accept the foresight provided by the Bhagavad-gita (05.22)in its warning that sensual enjoyment breeds misery.
“An intelligent person does not take part in the sources of misery, which are due to contact with the material senses. O son of Kunti, such pleasures have a beginning and an end, and so the wise man does not delight in them.”