When we give up sense enjoyment for Krishna’s sake, Krishna gives us the best enjoyment through the senses

Some people question: “If I give up sense enjoyment, as serious spiritual life requires, then what enjoyment will be left in my life?

This hesitation stems from a narrow preconceived definition of sense enjoyment: as the material pleasure derived from the contact of the senses with the sense objects. However, bhakti yoga offers another kind of sense enjoyment – the spiritual fulfillment that comes from using the senses to serve and please Krishna.

Bhakti yoga is sensory spirituality. It involves using our senses in the service of the supreme spiritual reality, Krishna. We use our eyes to behold the beauty of Krishna, the ears to hear his glories, and the tongue to chant his holy names. In the spiritual world – the arena of eternal bhakti, we have spiritual senses with which we can serve Krishna ecstatically. Additionally, even when we are spiritual seekers, bhakti-yoga allows us to rehearse and prepare for that everlasting life of love by using our material senses to serve Krishna. Though these senses are temporary, they can become tools to transcend the temporary. If we use the senses regularly to glorify Krishna and delight in spiritual happiness thereof, then gradually our pleasure-seeking propensity becomes retrained, and redirected from matter to spirit.

This training requires us to give up anti-devotional forms of sense enjoyment because they keep our consciousness trapped at the material level. But the Bhagavad-gita (02.59) reassures us that the restlessness we feel on giving up sense objects ceases when we let ourselves taste the sweetness of Krishna. Therein we relish a better and greater enjoyment than that available through even the best material enjoyment – instead of slaving and scraping for mere drops of pleasure, we get to savor and swim in an ocean of happiness.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 02 Text 59

"Though the embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness."

If we hold on to Krishna long enough, nothing else will hold on to us long enough
Devotion is not a possession, but a person
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  1. thank you pr ji c c das for explaining that ones sense objects must be used only for krsna centred activities. also thank you for explaining that one should give up lower activities for higher taste. ( higher responsibility )

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  2. harribol, when you enter into the good circle of chanting , reading bbt publications,eating mahaprasad,association with devotees,and all allied ISKCON activities exclusively, one resents material pleasure and the bliss of the soul manifests which is far more intense and is superior to material sense gratification.poison turning into pleasure and pleasure turning into poison.maya is destroyed

    gadadhar.

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  3. Hare Krsna prabhuji,
    Please accept my humble obeisances. Jai Srila Prabhupada.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to expand upon BG verses everyday. I think Srila Prabhupada would agree if I say that your expression of your understanding of BG is simply wonderful. May Lord Krsna bless you with more deep divine realizations that you can share with the world.

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  4. Hare Krsna ,

    Truely enchanted to start my day with such spiritually enlightening words . The only problem is that due to years and years of conditioning – the mind creates serious obstacles in the path of spiritual realization which need to be overcome with lot of grit and determination and dedication to Hare Krsna Mahamantra as enshrined in the “Path to Perfection” by Srila Parabhupada.

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  5. Hare Krishna,
    Please accept my humble obeisances unto your lotus feet.
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
    Thank you very much for imparting transcendental knowledge through electronic media.I feel inspired to practice & preach this KC process when I read these articles.
    One humble request:-Is there any way we can share it through whatsapp ?

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    • Thanks for your kind words. It would be wonderful if Gita Daily could be shared on whatsapp. If you or any other readers know someone who has the technical knowledge to do this, do let us know.
      ys
      ccdas

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