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Lust, Anger and Greed
1) Nirvishesh said: Everyone sits in the boat of liberation because, as Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, "Everyone follows My path in all respects." Therefore, everyone is assured liberation, never mind his activities. Tat tvam asi.
2) Krishna das replied: Of course that verse is there; it is number 11 of the 4th chapter. But you have added a novel twist to its import. Consider carefully the other words of that verse, "All of them—as they surrender unto Me—1 reward accordingly." Everyone is looking for Krishna, but very few people actually realize Him, for they uselessly seek a loving exchange with lifeless material energy, i.e., the body. Hence, they do not realize the all-spiritual Lord, and they flounder birth after birth in the innumerable species of life. Just see how Arjuna, bewildered, asked Krishna, "By what is one impelled to sinful acts?" Krishna answered in the next verse, the 39th of the 3rd chapter, that the cause of bondage is "lust, the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world."
(3) Later, in the 21st verse of the 16th chapter, Krishna described that there are three gates to hell: lust, anger, and greed, kama, krodha and lobha. So it is clear that although all desires are fulfilled by Lord Krishna, still not everyone is achieving Him personally, for they have not expressed a desire to serve Him. Because they reject Krishna consciousness, they remain in the hell of material life, birth after birth, serving the Lord's inferior energy.
(4) Nirvishesh said: "But how can Bhagavad Gita, the great scripture of peace and love, discuss topics like "sinful enemies" or "three gates to hell?"
(5) Krishna das
replied: Who says that the Bhagavad Gita is a text of peace and love?
Krishna specifically commanded Arjuna to fight in the 38th verse of the second
chapter. In fact, the Lord said, in the 33rd verse of the 11th chapter that the
enemies of Arjuna had already been put to death by the Lord's arrangement. Just
as violence is needed to remove a canceroustumor—that is, a doctor must use a
scalpel to perform the operation—so the Lord commanded the great warrior
slay his avaricious relatives who had become a cancer upon the face of the earth. The reason that Bhagavad Gita deals with such things is because Krishna has nothing to do with the pabulum of impersonal compromise. The Lord is not a weathervane which points in any direction the wind blows. As the supreme spiritual master, the Lord spoke to Arjuna the absolute truth,regardless of whether or not it was palatable. Just as the wind causes destruction through stirring up a fire, so Krishna stirred
up the fire of Arjuna's anger so that the miscreant Kauravas could be annihilated. Fighting on religious principles is far superior to the so-called ahimsa movement of non-violence.
Incidentally, I am glad to see that you are taking an interest in love and peace, but will you also refrain from eating flesh and thereby allow the innocent creatures you fill your belly with to also share in the peace you covet, as God intended? In any case, these dangerous misconceptions of yours should be corrected through a careful study of a bona fide translation of the Gita. Never read the speculations of puffed-up non-devotees who pen their own whimsical interpretations of Krishna's words to suit either political ambitions, or greed for fame and wealth.
(6) Just as an elephant, while bathing, pulls up many lotuses, so Krishna uprooted the lotus-like hosts of demons while He was upon this planet. Yet all who died in the Lord's pres ence attained salvation by His mercy, including also the Kauravas.