No more desire for material enjoyment…he is fit for sannyasa–SP

November 20, 2022 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

Feb 26 1976 Mayapura Conversations
 
Prabhupāda: …no more desire of material enjoyment he is fit for sannyāsa. Anyone who sees: “Oh, this car is very nice. This beautiful wife is very… A very beautiful woman is very nice,” he should not think of taking sannyāsa. Viṣa-bhakṣaṇād apy asādhu: “Such desires is most abominable, more than taking poison.” To commit suicide by taking poison is most abominable thing, because he’s going to be a ghost. He’ll be punished to become a ghost, those who commit suicide. Or, if one is suddenly killed and he has so many desires, he becomes ghost. Therefore viṣa-bhakṣaṇa, taking poison, and die untimely, is most abominable, or commit suicide. By the material law also, to attempt to commit suicide is criminal. You know that?
Devotees: Yeah.
Prabhupāda: Yes. It is criminal. (Bengali) If you take s annyāsa… Just like there are so many sannyāsīs, for filling up the belly. Wherever you go they give some alms. But in…, outside India, who cares for the sannyāsī? Then why you should be eager to take sannyāsa and cheat yourself? You cannot cheat others, but you can cheat yourself.
Hṛdayānanda: Outside India a sannyāsī will starve.
Prabhupāda: (laughs) So I do not know why our disciples are so anxious to take sannyāsa, at least those who are outside. Everyone comes: “Give me sannyāsa.” What is the idea?
Jayapatākā: Freedom from authority.
Prabhupāda: Eh? Eh? Who cares him, for authority.
Jayapatākā: No, they, they don’t want to take order as brahmacārī. If they’re sannyāsī they think they can do as they feel.
Gopāla Kṛṣṇa: They all want to become leaders.
Prabhupāda: So what kind of leader? If you cannot lead others, what kind of leader?
Jayapatākā: That’s why a brahmacārī should…
Prabhupāda: If you mislead them, if you mislead them, then what is the use of taking leadership?
Jayapatākā: That’s why that system where a brahmacārī is recommended for one year and then he proves himself by doing some extraordinary preaching work is a very good system. Otherwise, anyone just comes and by pressurizing and begging and pleading, then they try to take sannyāsa. Then they don’t stay to the path.
Prabhupāda: Sannyāsa means ultimate success, because this human life is meant for becoming disgusted with this material life: “No more.” Material life means to take a body and enjoy this material āhāra-nidrā, sleeping twenty-four hours, eating like elephant, and sex life like a monkey, these animals. This is material life, eating, sleeping, mating, and always afraid of. This is material lifeAnd human life means to take freedom from these four things: no more afraid, no more sex, no more hankering after eating or sleeping. That is success. Everyone… You’ll see in the sparrow in the morning. They’re enjoying sex. So this is material life: eating, sleeping, mating and fearing. Āhāra-nidrā-bhaya-maithunaṁ ca. And spiritual life means to become free from all this nonsense. That is spiritual life. They do not know what is spiritual life. The whole world, they do not know what is spiritual life. This is spiritual life, to become free from these four abominable things.
Hṛdayānanda: They are trying to increase these four things.
Prabhupāda: That means cheating themselves. What is the use of taking sannyāsa and cheat yourself? Material life means punaḥ punaś carvita-carvaṇānām [SB 7.5.30], repeatedly doing the same thing. Either as human being or as monkey or as a small ant or the demigods, but doing the business is the same, four things: eating, sleeping, mating and fearing. In different scale, doing the same business. Therefore it is called punaḥ punaḥ, “again and again,” carvita-carvaṇānām, “chewing the chewed.” If one is sober, he thinks that “These four business, I have done many, many lives, as sparrow, or as jackal, or as demigod, and I have got this human form. Again I am doing this? So what is benefit of this human form of life?” This is sense. “I got this valuable life, and I am still doing the same thing as dogs and cats and sparrows? Then what is the difference between me and the dogs?” That is sense. “What is my better engagement?” That better engagement is Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Then his life is successful. Otherwise what is the use of…? Again become a sparrow. Again wait for millions of years to come by evolutionary process to the human form of life. You see? This is going on. Punaḥ punaś carvita-carvaṇānām adānta-gobhir viśatāṁ tamisram [SB 7.5.30]. Because they cannot control the sense, they are going in the darkest part of this material existence.
Dayānanda: Śrīla Prabhupāda, it seems that in youth the desire to enjoy is so much stronger than in old age.
Prabhupāda: Hm?
Dayānanda: It seems that in youth it is, the desire to enjoy is stronger than in old age.
Prabhupāda: That is foolishness. An old man is still stronger, but instruments are finished. He cannot enjoy. But the desire is there. You don’t think that old man has got less desire than the young man. He has got the desire, but his instrument is finished.

Hṛdayānanda: So much frustration.
Prabhupāda: Not. He cannot use the instruments for enjoyment.
Hṛdayānanda: So he’s frustrated.
Prabhupāda: Frustrated? Everyone. Whether young or not, everyone is frustrated. He says that the desire in old man… It is expected because he has gone through the gṛhastha life. Gṛhastha life is a concession for sex life. That’s all. It is not needed. But those who are unable to avoid it—”All right, have for some time. Then become sannyāsī.” This is the process. It is not needed. So in old age, after going through these stages, brahmacārī is learning how to stop this sex life, and then, if one is still unable—”All right, take concession for twenty-five years. Then give up this habit. Then take sannyāsa.” So that is the process, one who has gone through the stages, expected that he has no more... āra nārī bapa (?) “I have done…” But generally, those who are not trained up, their desire is not diminished. They have got the… That you see in your country, Western country. Seventy-five, eighty years old, they are going to the nightclub.
Hṛdayānanda: Yes.
Prabhupāda: Paying hundreds and thousands of dollars. Where is the…? He has lost all capacity, but still, he’ll go. Still, he’ll go. This is called punaḥ punaś carvita-carvaṇānām [SB 7.5.30]. In the club, the son is also dancing with the girl, and the old father is dancing, and by chance, they come in contact. The Western civilization is for this, āhāra-nidrā-bhaya-maithuna, eat voraciously, and all become diabetics. They have got diabetes club, association. That means… What is this? Diabetes is the result of voracious eating. That’s all. In old age it becomes very prominent because he eats voraciously, but he cannot digest. And all these foodstuffs becomes… What is called? Glucose?
Hari-śauri: Right.
Prabhupāda: And then diabetes. The beginning-āhāra, eating. That gentleman, that doctor who has given us that review, he has. He’s very learned man.
Indian man (1): Mr. Shannam?
Prabhupāda: No, no. From France.
Devotee (2): The professor.
Prabhupāda: Hm. He has mentioned, “From the Vedic standard, we are all uncivilized. We Westerners are uncivilized.” He has admitted that. Actually they are.
Dayānanda: Yes, they will be shocked when they find this out because the idea is that…
Prabhupāda: Now, just like a man is suffering from tuberculosis, and if his physician says that “You are attacked with tuberculosis,” then he’ll shocked. But the fact is there.
Dayānanda: They think that the Vedic culture is uncivilized.
Prabhupāda: They think because they are foolish rascals. They do not know what is the value of life. Big, big professor, he said, “Swamiji, after death everything is finished. There is no soul.” Professor Kotovsky. This is their education.
Dayānanda: And then they wonder why their sons become hippies and act like monkeys. Even though they are civilized, their sons are acting like monkeys.
Prabhupāda: Actually we are introducing the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement to make the Western people civilized. Yes. So you should take it very seriously and behave with responsibilityIf you also want, become again like that, then how you’ll be able to preach? Then what is the use of preaching? What is time?
Indian man (1): Six-thirty.
Jayapatākā: [Break] …process.
Prabhupāda: Yes.
Jayapatākā: So is it necessary to be fixed up to take sannyāsa, or one should take sannyāsa to become fixed up?
Prabhupāda: To become fixed, become sannyāsī, the other three processes are there, to become brahmacārī, to become gṛhastha, to become vānaprastha, stage by stage. But if one is able, he can take sannyāsa. The stages are there, but if one is very competent, he can be given sannyāsa. And that competency is also very simple. If you become fully Kṛṣṇa conscious, then you can immediately become competent. Sa guṇān samatītyaitān brahma-bhūyāya kalpate [Bg. 14.26]. As soon as you fully engage yourself in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, then immediately you become more than a sannyāsī.
Srila Prabhupada in the above lays it out on the line what it takes to become a sannyasi. And less than one year later he gave his order—no more sannyasa to be given-due to the known fall downs of his so called top men.
 
 
Srila Prabhupada stops giving sannyasa
Jan 7 1977 Bombay conversations
 
Prabhupāda: Hare Kṛṣṇa. What he will do, more payment? (?) Then he will kill. This sex life in this material world is so strong, even in the heavenly planets. Big, big ṛṣis. Sex life with animals also there is… Sex life is so strong. Man cohabiting with animal. It makes blind. Vyāsadeva made one of her (his) students pregnant, what to speak of ourselves. Vyāsadeva was born, Satyavatī. She was low class. Although she was born by a king, but her mother was a low-class fisherwoman. And the fisherman raised her as daughter. And Parāśara Muni became attracted. And Vyāsadeva was born. Sex affairs, just see, in the highest circle. Bṛhaspati, the spiritual master of the devatās, he became so much mad for his brother’s wife who was pregnant, and forcibly they had sex. Just see. These are examples. Brahmā became attracted with his daughter. Lord Śiva became attracted with the beauty of Mohinī-mūrti, even in the presence of his wife. So this sex life can be controlled only by becoming Kṛṣṇa conscious. Otherwise there is no… The Bhāgavata has discussed all this because in this material world there is no escape unless we become Kṛṣṇa conscious, from the sex impulse. It is not possible. Yad-avadhi mama cetaḥ kṛṣṇa… When one is fully Kṛṣṇa conscious, then he’ll reject all this nonsense: “What is this?” Bhavati mukha-vikāraḥ suṣṭhu. He’ll spite (spit): “Eh! Get out. Is that enjoyment?” It is possible for a Kṛṣṇa conscious… No other can do it. And that is the bondage. He’ll have to work hard for maintaining sex issues. And so long you are bound up by the karmas, you have to accept another body and then continue. Who knows this how we are bound up and conditioned? If you talk in the modern society they will laugh: “What nonsense this man is… ‘By sex life one becomes conditioned.’ ” They cannot understand. Hare Kṛṣṇa… (japa) This should be strictly outlawed, no more sannyāsīs. And those sannyāsīs who have fallen, you get them married, live like a… No more this showbottle, cheating. It is very ludicrous. Even there is a promise that “We shall not fall down again,” that is also not believable. What is the use? Better go and speak philosophy in your gṛhastha dress, not this dress, but you have nice coat, pants, gentleman. Who says no? I never said. Rather I shall be glad to see that up-to-date gentlemen with tilaka and śikhā are speaking. That is very prestigious everywhere
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..” Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu therefore recommended, sthāne sthitāḥ śruti-gatāṁ tanu-vān-manobhiḥ. “
“The secret of success in the cultivation of Krishna consciousness is hearing from the right person.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.29.39-40, Purport)
Prabhupada letter, November 12, 1968

The Super soul and soul both are unchanged.
The difference is that in material contact, the soul appears to be changed.
But the Super soul is not affected by material contamination; therefore there is no sign of change.
The change of soul is like that water becomes ice in contact with refrigerator.
And as soon as there is temperature the ice again becomes water.
Similarly the changing nature of the soul is just like change of water to ice.
The tendency of ice is to melt and become water again.
So due to contamination of matter, the soul by illusion identifies with material existence.
But the tendency is to melt again to Krishna Consciousness.
So when there is sufficient temperature in contact with bona fide Spiritual Master and devotees, the soul again becomes Krishna Conscious, like the water Srila Prabhupada letter, November 12, 1968

 
Some Conclusions—Lot of information given above to the devotees by Srila Prabhupada. How much  can we understand or even take of it? 
 
Many want that saffron danda without even knowing or understanding the bad result of taking it prematurely. Or others just want the prestige of being a so called brahmacari wearing saffron around the “ladies” and those same ladies wanting to get their mitts on just one of  those nice brahmacari bodies and call him their own.
As Srila Prabhupada points out in the first talk, even great yogis, rishis, and demigods fall victim to the fairer sex, for after all this is what its really all about, isnt it? This place is called a prison house and the bars are the invisible shackles of sex desire.
 
So what is the only  real solution to this problem of repeated birth and death? Srila Prabhupada tells  us the only solution is to become fully Krsna Conscious, otherwise there is no other way out.
Hare Krsna
damaghosa das