Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 718

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Conclusion—The Perfection of Renunciation
Chapter 18: Verse- 38

visayendriya-samyogäd yat tad agre ’mrtopamam
parinäme visam iva tat sukham räjasam smrtam[1]


That happiness which is derived from contact of the senses with their objects and which appears like nectar at first but poison at the end is said to be of the nature of passion.


A young man and a young woman meet, and the senses drive the young man to see her, to touch her and to have sexual intercourse. In the beginning this may be very pleasing to the senses, but at the end, or after some time, it becomes just like poison. They are separated or there is divorce, there is lamentation, there is sorrow, etc. Such happiness is always in the mode of passion. Happiness derived from a combination of the senses and the sense objects is always a cause of distress and should be avoided by all means.



  1. visaya=of the objects of the senses; indriya=and the senses; samyogät=from
    the combination; yat=which; tat=that; agre=in the beginning; amrta-upamam=just like nectar; parinäme=at the end; visam iva=like poison; tat=that; sukham=happiness; räjasam=in the mode of passion; smrtam=is considered.

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