Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 31: Lord Kapila's Instructions on the Movements of the Living Entities

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.31.36

prajāpatiḥ svāḿ duhitaraḿ

dṛṣṭvā tad-rūpa-dharṣitaḥ

rohid-bhūtāḿ so 'nvadhāvad

ṛkṣa-rūpī hata-trapaḥ


prajā-patiḥ — Lord Brahmā; svām — his own; duhitaram — daughter; dṛṣṭvā — having seen; tat-rūpa — by her charms; dharṣitaḥ — bewildered; rohit-bhūtāmto her in the form of a deer; saḥhe; anvadhāvat — ran; ṛkṣa-rūpīin the form of a stag; hata — bereft of; trapaḥ — shame.


At the sight of his own daughter, Brahmā was bewildered by her charms and shamelessly ran up to her in the form of a stag when she took the form of a hind.


Lord Brahmā's being captivated by the charms of his daughter and Lord Śiva's being captivated by the Mohinī form of the Lord are specific instances which instruct us that even great demigods like Brahmā and Lord Śiva, what to speak of the ordinary conditioned soul, are captivated by the beauty of woman. Therefore, everyone is advised that one should not freely mix even with one's daughter or with one's mother or with one's sister, because the senses are so strong that when one becomes infatuated, the senses do not consider the relationship of daughter, mother or sister. It is best, therefore, to practice controlling the senses by performing bhakti-yoga, engaging in the service of Madana-mohana. Lord Kṛṣṇa's name is Madana-mohana, for He can subdue the god Cupid, or lust. Only by engaging in the service of Madana-mohana can one curb the dictates of Madana, Cupid. Otherwise, attempts to control the senses will fail.

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