Canto 9: LiberationChapter 19: King Yayāti Achieves Liberation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 9.19.14

na jātu kāmaḥ kāmānām

upabhogena śāḿyati

haviṣā kṛṣṇa-vartmeva

bhūya evābhivardhate


na — not; jātu — at any time; kāmaḥ — lusty desires; kāmānām — of persons who are very lusty; upabhogena — by enjoyment of lusty desires; śāḿyati — can be pacified; haviṣā — by supplying butter; kṛṣṇa-vartmā — fire; iva — like; bhūyaḥ — again and again; eva — indeed; abhivardhate — increases more and more.


As supplying butter to a fire does not diminish the fire but instead increases it more and more, the endeavor to stop lusty desires by continual enjoyment can never be successful. [In fact, one must voluntarily cease from material desires.]


One may have enough money and enough resources to satisfy the senses but still not be satisfied, for the endeavor to stop lusty desires by enjoying can never be successful. The example given here is very appropriate. One cannot stop a blazing fire by trying to extinguish it with butter.

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