You don’t really want lust, you want love

Acharya Prashant
3 min readFeb 28, 2020

It is a lustful desire & resulting anger born of Rajas, which is sinful & all- devouring; know this as your true enemy in the world.

~ Bhagavad Gita (Chapter-3, Verse-37)

Lust is called an enemy by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, and Krishna has been greatly wise in calling lust an enemy. But to whom is he calling lust an enemy. He is saying this to those who consider lust as their friend.

He is saying that if you consider lust your friend, kindly do not think that this friend will serve you any purpose.

Lust must be called an enemy because most of us take it as a friend. If you don’t take lust as your friend then lust is no more an enemy. But we do take lust as a friend. How do we take lust as a friend? Whom do we call a friend? We call that one as a friend who would probably give us what we want. Our friendship is summed up in the popular aphorism “A friend in need is a friend in deed”.

So, who is a friend for us? The one who serves our need. What is your deepest need? Your deepest need is liberation, Truth, God, Peace. You think that lust will provide this to you. That is why, you consider lust as your friend. After all our definition of friendship is “A friend in need is a friend in deed”. So, if someone is providing for your need you call him a friend.

You think that lust will provide for your deepest spiritual need. You think that by getting a woman, you will get some kind of liberation. Don’t you see how mad you are when mortal love strikes you? Do you see how ecstatic you feel when that happens which you call as falling in love? No, it is not merely the arrival of a new woman that has made you go bonkers. The woman has come with the hope, with a promise, the woman has come as God to you.

It is not the arrival of the woman that you are celebrating, it is the arrival of Godliness that you are celebrating. That is why you are taking lust as you friend. Lust brought the woman to you and you are thinking that now through this woman you will get some peace and that is why you celebrate that woman. Later on of course you discover that no man or woman can give you peace. So, your hopes are dashed.

But in the interim you get some opportunity to keep wallowing in your misplaced…

Acharya Prashant