Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Contents of the Gita Summarized
Chapter 2: Verse-60
yatato hy api kaunteya
The senses are so strong and impetuous, O Arjuna, that they forcibly carry away the mind even of a man of discrimination who is endeavoring to control them.
There are many learned sages, philosophers and transcendentalists who try to conquer the senses, but in spite of their endeavors, even the greatest of them sometimes fall victim to material sense enjoyment due to the agitated mind. Even Visvämitra, a great sage and perfect yogi, was misled by Menakä into sex enjoyment, although the yogi was endeavoring for sense control with severe types of penance and yoga practice. And, of course, there are so many similar instances in the history of the world. Therefore, it is very difficult to control the mind and senses without being fully krsna conscious. Without engaging the mind in Krsna, one cannot cease such material engagements. A practical example is given by Sri Yämunäcärya, a great saint and devotee, who says:
yad-avadhi mama cetah krsna-pädäravinde
“Since my mind has been engaged in the service of the lotus feet of Lord Krsna, and I have been enjoying an ever new transcendental humor, whenever I think of sex life with a woman, my face at once turns from it, and I spit at the thought.” Krsna consciousness is such a transcendentally nice thing that automatically material enjoyment becomes distasteful. It is as if a hungry man had satisfied his hunger by a sufficient quantity of nutritious eatables. Mahäräja Ambaréña also conquered a great yogi, Durväsä Muni, simply because his mind was engaged in krsna consciousness.
- yatatah—while endeavoring; hi—certainly; api—in spite of; kaunteya—O son of Kunti; purusasya—of a man; vipascitah—full of discriminating knowledge; indriyäni—the senses; pramäthini—agitating; haranti—throw; prasabham—by force; manah—the mind.
- sa vai manah krsna-pädäravindayor vacämsi vaikuntha-gunänuvarnane