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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 hispast times with his 16000 plus wives/queens and Gopies. This any man or womanwould like to indulge in and enjoy, in this world as per their genetic settingsand nature gifted flow of hormones. But this will be immediately termed as lustand material activity and Krishnaís past times are all divine andpermissible.



Even in marriage when husband and wife enjoy sex, it is termed as illicit anda serious offence if they are doing it when not making babies. Can even a singlemarried man or woman stand up and say that he or she has not faltered. Krishnais to set example for us, so why he did not tell that those past times were forhim only, not to be imitated and strictly forbidden for others. He should haveclarified himself rather than others who read it and justify it.



Why few past times are not permitted with in the fold of marriage with oneperson only, where they can have sex without guilt when not planning to havekids?



(This is not to hurt any oneĎs feelings. I am sure this doubt will be therein many peopleís mind specially married couples.)


Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:




Yes for Lord Krishna and the Queens and Gopies it is pure unadulteratedspiritual love with no tinge of any material contamination or lust that is whyit is called Lila or Pastimes or Prema pure love. And if you do it, it is fullof material lust and passion and it called as Kama or Lust and Karma notLila.



In the 10th Canto, the Lord states that He should not be imitated. Hispastimes are for hearing and relishing not imitating. In our lives we have tofollow 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 fingerfor 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, Hisactivities are exemplary from the external material frame too.