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The Prostitute In The Heart

Raghunath Das Goswami’s
Çré Manaù-çikñä, text 7
pratiñöhäçä dhåñöä çvapaca-ramaëé me hådi naöet
kathaà sädhuù-premä spåçati çucir etan nanu manaù
sadä tvaà sevasva prabhu-dayita-sämantam atulaà
yathä täà niñkäçya tvaritam iha taà veçayati saù
O mind! How can the pure devotion to Sri
Krishna ever appear in my heart as long as the
shameless, low-born, dog-eating prostitute of
the desire for prestige is flagrantly dancing
there? Therefore, always remember and serve
the incomparable generals in Sri Krishna’s
beloved army of unalloyed devotees. They will
at once drive out this prostitute and initiate the
flow of immaculate vraja-prema in my heart.”
Excerpt from the Çré Bhajana-darpaëa commentary
of Thakur Bhaktivinode: This verse
indicates how one can extinguish any remaining
doubt he may have if his repeated and exhaustive
attempts to weed out deceit from his heart have
failed. Hankering for honor is in fact a shameless
prostitute who yearns to be worshipped. All other
unwanted desires may be eradicated, but the
hankering for honor and distinction is extremely
difficult to uproot. It is like a seed which sprouts
only later into a deceitfu1 plant, a matrix fromwhich all the other anarthas stem. Thus it is called
shameless, for it conveniently overlooks its own
evil influence. Fame is like a dog, and one who
runs after it is factually eating the flesh of a dog;
thus the desire for material honor and distinction
is compared to a low class prostitute who
consumes dog meat. ·
Bibliography
— Çré Manaù-çikñä, with the Bhajana-darpaëa commentary of
Srila Thakur Bhaktivinode. Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti. Nabadwip.
1996. Bengali.
— Çré Manaù-çikñä, with the Bhajana-darpaëa commentary of Srila
Thakur Bhaktivinode. English translation by Sri Sarvabhavana
Das. Bhaktivedanta Books. Bombay. 1989.

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