3.37 From Black Hole to Light

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
kāma eṣa krodha eṣa
rajo-guṇa-samudbhavaḥ
mahāśano mahā-pāpmā
viddhy enam iha vairiṇam

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: It is lust only, Arjuna, which is born of contact with the material mode of passion and later transformed into wrath, and which is the all-devouring sinful enemy of this world. Bhagavad Gita, verse 3.37

Cleopatra was consumed
with the fire of passion.
For power, she played.
She dressed for power.
Killing brothers and lovers,
with each move
she drifted a world lower.

Her wit, her style,
her intellect, her mind
poison seeped into her layers—
snake was just a carrier.

A black hole is lust.
Darkness—
its natural course.
Wrath is its legitimate child
Oh, fall down no more.
Illusion we enter
from the gate of wrath.
Here we mesh stories—
eternally remain trapped.

Lust rises from passion
for things, places, and people.
Just as coming in touch
with tamarind
milk becomes yogurt.

We were in bliss—
pure love!
Oh, what pulled us into
this world?

Oh, the damn desire!
How we’re still mired!

We saw, we touched,
we smelled, we heard—
senses sank us
deeper in the mud.

What’s the way out?
What’s the way out?—
cried seekers and sinners.
The only way out,
the only way upward
see with your eyes
Krishna everywhere.
Hear His glories,
chant to others.
Let your lust and wrath
be of a service to the Father.

Let your lust find you Krishna.
Love can it then become.
Gopis are glorified
for their divine lust alone.

Hanuman consumed Lanka
with the fire of his anger.
His service to Rama
kept him from
the ultimate danger.

Make lust and wrath
your friend, my friend—
the grave saint
spoke with compassion.
“Chant Chant Chant”
He cried.
“Can’t Can’t Can’t”—
we avoid.

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