Can You Become Free From Sin Just By Hearing How Harmful It Is from Gita and Bhagavatam?
Bhagavad Gita 2.59
rasa-varjam raso ’py asya
param dristva nivartate
“One, who identifies himself with the body, may restrict his or her enjoyment by withdrawing the senses from their objects, or by hearing philosophy, but his or her taste for sense pleasure remains. Only one who realises the higher bliss of Bhakti (by Nitainam & Nitailila) can permanently become free from the repeated fall-downs caused by sense-gratification.”
Commentary by Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj:
Some devotees may ask why I am not stressing on the repeated hearing or reading of the philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam to get freedom from falling prey to sinful desires?
The answer is given in the above verse of the Bhagavad Gita itself. No amount of theoretical knowledge, reading, and hearing about giving up our sensual desires is enough to eradicate them from the root.
The essence of the above verse of the Bhagavad Gita is that one can truly give up eating mud only when one receives a sweet mango to eat. Another example which is given is that one can escape the disturbance caused by a gang of dacoits (maya) only by taking shelter of an all-merciful king (Nitai) who is ever ready to accept us. So simply hearing or reading a million times about how harmful it is to eat mud will still not be enough to stop us from eating it as soon we feel the overpowering temptation to eat it. We will succumb to it in no time, every single time.
So what is the only means to end this repeated cycle of our fall-downs in maya? It is the overwhelming bliss (sweet mango) anyone and everyone instantly gets from the all-forgiving, all-loving, and all-merciful Nitai’s name and pastimes, even in our offensive and sinful condition.
We can never attain this bliss from Harinam and Harikatha unless we become offenseless, because both of Them appear to us like sour mangoes due to our anarthas. In fact, we end up committing more offenses against Harinam, and fall down even more severely and repeatedly.
Therefore, FIRST by absorbing ourselves in the always-accessible ecstasies of Nitainam and Nitailila for long hours daily, we become totally free of the enjoying mentality in the shortest time. Then we actually become qualified to chant Harinam and hear Harikatha offenselessly with true relish. This is what Srila Narottam das Thakur means by saying: “nitai na bolilo mukhe, majilo sansar sukhe”, which basically means: “Unless you say Nitainam, you are sure to fall into mundane pleasure, whatever else you may do to avoid it.” SO ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THIS IS THE ONLY WAY!