Ādi-līlāChapter 4: The Confidential Reasons for the Appearance of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 4.164

kāma, prema, — dońhākāra vibhinna lakṣaṇa

lauha āra hema yaiche svarūpe vilakṣaṇa


kāma — lust; prema — love; dońhākāra — of the two; vibhinna — separate; lakṣaṇa — symptoms; lauha — iron; āra — and; hema — gold; yaiche — just as; svarūpein nature; vilakṣaṇa — different.


Lust and love have different characteristics, just as iron and gold have different natures.


One should try to discriminate between sexual love and pure love, for they belong to different categories, with a gulf of difference between them. They are as different from one another as iron is from gold.

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