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Title: Why not permit past times within marriage
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-11 12:09:00
I read Shrimad Bhagavatam and saw Krishna most of the time busy enjoying his† past times with his 16000 plus wives/queens and Gopies. This any man or woman† would like to indulge in and enjoy, in this world as per their genetic settings† and nature gifted flow of hormones. But this will be immediately termed as lust† and material activity and Krishnaís past times are all divine and† permissible.
†Even in marriage when husband and wife enjoy sex, it is termed as illicit and† a serious offence if they are doing it when not making babies. Can even a single† married man or woman stand up and say that he or she has not faltered. Krishna† is to set example for us, so why he did not tell that those past times were for† him only, not to be imitated and strictly forbidden for others. He should have† clarified himself rather than others who read it and justify it.
†Why few past times are not permitted with in the fold of marriage with one† person only, where they can have sex without guilt when not planning to have† kids?
†(This is not to hurt any oneĎs feelings. I am sure this doubt will be there† in many peopleís mind specially married couples.)
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
Yes for Lord Krishna and the Queens and Gopies it is pure unadulterated† spiritual love with no tinge of any material contamination or lust that is why† it is called Lila or Pastimes or Prema pure love. And if you do it, it is full† of material lust and passion and it called as Kama or Lust and Karma not† Lila.
†In the 10th Canto, the Lord states that He should not be imitated. His† pastimes are for hearing and relishing not imitating. In our lives we have to† follow His instructions in the Bhagavad Gita not imitate what He has done.
†If you can lift the Govadhana Hill (millions of tonnes weight) on one finger† for even one second then you can dare to imitate His other activities.
†On the other hand since Lord Gauranga came as His own perfect devotee, His† activities are exemplary from the external material frame too.