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Avoiding  Illicit  Sex


How is it possible to avoid all contact with illicit sex since we are living in the "sexual revolution"? It is true that the Vedic teachings were addressed to a more pious audience thousands of years ago. But Srila Prabhupada appeared during the 1970s, and he was well aware of what his students had to contend with. He writes about this in Srimad-Bhagavatam while discussing Ajamila:


In Kali-yuga, a drunk half-naked woman em­bracing a drunk man is a very common sight, especially   in   the   Western   countries,   and restraining oneself after seeing such things is very difficult. Nevertheless, if by the grace of Krsna one adheres to the regulative principles and chants the Hare Krsna mantra, Krsna will certainly protect him. Indeed, Krsna says that His devotee is never vanquished (kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati). Therefore all the disciples practicing Krsna consciousness should obediently follow the regulative principles and remain fixed in chanting the holy name of the Lord. Then there need be no fear. Otherwise one's position is very dangerous, especially in this Kali-yuga.—Bhag. 6.1.60 purport


As a devotee should avoid skeptical and atheistic philosophy in books, he should avoid sex literature, films of illicit sex, and other displays. If you must read a news magazine, why choose one that re­gularly uses photos of soft pornography* In making deliberate choices like this, one can safeguard the mind. While we cannot walk around with blinders, we can train ourselves in visual discretion and not indulge in second looks at billboards and ads that incite lusty feelings.There is sometimes only a thin line between ob­serving normal social behavior and protecting yourself from unnecessary exposure to illicit sex. For example, a preacher is expected to be friendly in mixing with women, and women should also greet and speak with male guests on certain occasions. But we also want to observe the injunction that one should not be alone in a secluded place with a woman.