While forbidden fruit is said to taste sweeter, it usually spoils faster – Abigail Van Buren
Many religious books talk about man’s first disobedience. It’s also referred to as the fruit of the forbidden tree. Its mortal taste brought death into the world. Paradise was lost. Humans were condemned to a life of toil, pain, and death.
Only a couple of people tried to go deep into this subject to understand about the sin that man committed.
What was that forbidden fruit?
What brought us to this state of woe?
Was it disobedience of the Almighty’s law?
Was it a violation of the divine code of conduct?
As per sages/saints and spiritualists, this fatal disobedience by humans happened when their consciousness degraded.
Religious books mention that this degradation started once the humans started getting involved in lust.
The reason why deities like Shri Krishna, Shri Ram, Shri Lakshmi, Shri Narayan are worshipped even today is because they were completely viceless. They were totally free from lust (kaama).
In India and abroad, many sages and saints have achieved a higher stage of consciousness through pious obedience.
However, if a saint breaks the vow of celibacy, he loses all the respect. Similarly virgin girls are still worshipped in India. During festivals such as Navratri they are seen as embodiments of Shakti. But, after a girl marries, it is customary for her to bow before elders and touch their feet.
‘Kaama jeete jagat jeet’ is well known from Bhagvad Gita. The one who conquers lust, conquers the world.
The highest qualification to attain divinity is achieved by conquering lust. That’s why those who attain victory over lust are shown with a crown of light and are addressed as His / Her Holiness.
The Gita terms lust as the deadliest human enemy.
In the Golden Age (Satyuga), every one had a pure vision. Even though they had the most beautiful bodies, no one ever involved in sex-lust.
The saying “where women are worshipped is the abode of deities” applies to that era. Unfortunately, the world we live in today is the total opposite. Hence it is called Kaliyuga. Lust has enslaved almost the entire population. It is so pervasive that people are blind to age, ethics, relationships, and social norms.
The Hindu scriptures mention in detail about pure birth (niyog) i.e birth without sexual conception. The birth of Pandavas, Sita, Kabir etc. are a few examples. It is only later when deities began to indulge in lust did birth start because of sexual conception.
What is the root cause of lust?
Looking at the physical bodies instead of the divine being inside this body is the root cause of lust. We’re all souls and not physical bodies. Souls who are beyond the sensual pleasures.
Reawakening our consciousness to the original state of super-sensuous joy by practicing self awareness and remembering the Almighty helps us reach the state beyond sensual pleasures. We call it ”practicing soul consciousness.” It means revere God’s image in the self. That is, to see God’s qualities in the self and value them.
Remember, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and the road to heaven is paved with good deeds. Now it’s up to you to choose your path.