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There is also a connection between luxurious eating and passing semen in dreams at night. This is not a deliberate act, and so there is no direct action or remedy to prevent it, except for Krsna conscious, activities. But if one can ascertain a connection between overeating and night pollu­tion, one should take steps to avoid the un­conscious sex act. A brahmacan once wrote to Prabhupada men­tioning unconscious sex agitation and Prabhupada replied with a down-to-earth suggestion:


With regard to this problem I recommend that in your diet you take no spices. Furthermore you should see that the bowels are cleared daily. —Letter, 9/2/73


If nothing else, sex fantasies while sleeping hum­ble us by revealing that desires for sex indulgence are deeply rooted in the unconscious self. One should not become depressed or guilt-ridden by this (another trick of mayo). The best remedy is to fully engage in Krsna consciousness with determination to do all that is within one's conscious will to refrain from illicit sex.


The  Higher   Taste


We have all heard that when we attain the higher taste, sex will seem pale and we will not be interested in it. Srila Prabhupada sometimes gave specific advice for methods which could bring us the higher taste over sex desire. In 1968 a devotee wrote to Prabhupada saying that he was troubled by "Mr. Lust." Prabhupada replied:


Regarding your enemy, Mr. Lust, I have noted the difficulties, but we should always remember that Krishna is stronger than any demon, and Mr. Lust, or his father, grandfather, nobody can do any­thing provided we take shelter of Krishna very tightly.


Srila Prabhupada went on to recommend mar­riage, although not as a vehicle for exercising lust. Then he recommended Deity worship:


So to subdue lust is a difficult process. Then you have to take to Deity worship. I am sending herewith one copy of the process of Deity worship. Krishna is Madana-mohana. You have already stated in your letter, it is very nice, that you would much prefer to channel all your desire to Krishna, and ask me how is this possible when enveloped in maya, seeing only material forms. You've also written to say that if you can see the absolute Beauty which is all-attractive, then you could not help but be attracted and would scorn mundane beauty. This is actually the remedy. So you may take immediately to arcan, the Deity worship. The process is a little difficult in the beginning, but once habituated, it is not at all difficult. So apart from the. marriage proposal, you may immediately take to Deity worship. . . And I am sure this process, helped by your regular chanting, will kill Mr. Lust, rest assured. I'm at your service, and can give you suggestions to make progress in Deity worship, but you can im­mediately adopt this principle.—Letter, October 7, 1968