The Bhagavadgita -S. Radhakrishnan
The True Yoga
14. prasantatma vigatabhir
References and Context
- Yajnavalkya writes karmazc nianasã vodka sarvdvasthdsu sarvadel sarvadel asthunatyag brahmacaryarh pracaksate.
- brahmacaryena tapasa deva mrtyum updghnata Atharoa Veda.
- na taus tapa sty ahuh brahmacaryam tapottamam urdhvareta bhaved yastu sa devo na tu manusah The difficulty of chastity is illustrated in the lives of many saints. St. Augustine used to pray : "Give me chastity and continence, only not yet." Confessions, Bk. VIII, Ch. VII. Rodin has the whole thing in a piece of sculpture called the Eternal Idol where a woman on her knees, but leaning backward, with body thrust forward and arms hanging loose receives between her breasts the bearded face of a man who kneels before her in servile longing for her embrace. There is hardly one man in a thousand who will not put aside his ideals, his highest vision, everything which for him represents God in order to get the woman he loves. In the opinion of many contemporaries chastity is a condition which is as selfish as it is dull. To them the Hindu emphasis on it may seem somewhat odd and exaggerated.