To every young person the issue of relationships and sex is a question one would ask with or without the Bhagavatam. The Bhagavatam demonstrates a different perspective of the topic of sex as for the higher purpose of production of Godly children. We see from this book the divine reason for sex as a religious principle for pro-creation. Below are some of the instances the issue of sex has been expounded on in the Bhagavatam. The issue of violence has become a tool which the youth has widely used to express their feelings to the negative effect. The Bhagavatam has a well explained and practical way to deal with the issue of violence. The Godly principles of any people have been explained in this book.
If a child would go to Karmi School and enjoy a program on television, there are two things that would be expected to beget them. First of all, they would be exposed to sex and possibly violence. This exposure can be quite influential to the young minds. The question of sex is always present in the minds of the youth. They always want to explore this issue and thereby due concern should always be given to this topic. The Bhagavatam demonstrates a different view of the use of sex as for a higher purpose. This purpose is to produce children who are conscious of their God. There are many references given to the sex life in the Bhagavatam. However, there is a similarity in all of them in that they all address the issue of sex as a way of procreation only as a religious principle and not for any other purpose. There are many examples of people who have produced children not in any other way but according to the proper use of their sex life. A good example is the progenitors who include Daksa and Kasyapa Muni who produced many children even thousands of them in the sole purpose of populating the earth. A close examination of the Bhagavatam proves its positivity in the topic of sex. It promotes the use of our sex lives for nothing else but the service of Krishna.
Sex can be used to serve the purpose of sense satisfaction although this is the improper use of sex. The result of such sexual activity is quite detrimental. The example of Diti and the birth of Hiranyakashipu in the Bhagavatam is a good example. The story of Puranjana is also an example to learn from. In this story there are descriptions of the lusty relationships existing between man and woman. We however see the results of the unworthy behavior as we continue reading the story. Old and eventual death catches up with Puranjana and his wife as an eventuality. This makes them to encounter much suffering. This story is narrated to the king Pracinabarchi by Narada Muni in order to teach him fruits of living in accordance to the religious principles as demonstrated by Grhastha.
The positive impact of good procreation principles through healthy sexual relationships and also the adversity of living a sex life of self enjoyment are issues well demonstrated by the Bhagavatam. Parents can assist their children to gain an in depth understanding of this topic without confusion. The nature of this world can be well viewed through the mirror of Bhagavatam. This is a tool that can instruct the young people to deal diligently with the issue of life. It is more important for the young people to learn about this issue through the Bhagavatam as opposed to learning the same through the television or other unhelpful sources. We must however be clear in setting the boundaries for such topics. This should be based on the age group which we are addressing. Children should be made to understand that some of the topics are out of their scope for discussion. The detailed aspect of sex life must be kept off the young generation. Some of the questions the young children do ask are based on their curiosity and as such, we have a responsibility to instruct them on the fact that some of the questions they may be asking are out of their level for knowledge.
They should be made to understand that the brahmacaris cannot get into the finer details of the sex related questions. They should know that some questions they may have should be left unanswered due to the age factor. The young should only be made to know the basic principles of sex life. This is because all of us in this world are bound by the aspect of natural attraction to the opposite sex. This desire if used to serve the purpose of Krishna principles to the raising of a devoted couple, it will become the reasons for advancement in the life of the people. The Bhagavatam outlines the beauty of a woman. This helps to explain how the body of a woman can be used in the nurturing of the children to make them great people. To every woman, they should not be seen as objects of lust but they should be seen as mothers with their God given role of nurturing the young children. Such an education for the young people will make them to grow with respect for all women as their mothers but not objects of abuse.
The reference given by the Bhagavatam may seem to the parents a little awkward, however, it is important for the parents to understand the book is a tool of all people and hence it will always serve to the benefit of our children. It will be better to be thankful to the nurtured mindset of the young people to properly place their sex life in the Krishna’s service other than being fed with other facts that would spoil their lives to lust and disrespect for the elderly and their peers as well. In this sense of bringing up the young people, we will be equipping them with the ability to live a Krishna conscious and a mature life.
The issue of violence has also been dealt with in the Srimad Bhagavatam. In this book, we come across the story of the lord Nrshimhadeva who kills Hiranyakashipu. He kills him by pooling out his intestines with the use of his nails. In the Mahabharata we come across many instances whereby there is heavy fighting between Kauravas and Pandavas. There is also the ruthless killing of Abhimanyu who happens to be the son of Arjuna. Arjuna is known for fighting alone in the battle against many opponent worriers. The big question is whether this stories demonstrating violence are convenient or appropriate for the children to either hear them or even read them. We should have prior knowledge of the difference between positive kind of violence and the positive kind of violence. It is sometime necessary to be violent in this material world especially in the instances where all other efforts of basing friendly arguments and positive reasoning seem to be of no avail. In the Bhagavad-Gita, we find that Krishna himself descends to the defense of pious and annihilate the wrong doers.
In any instance when Krishna or one of his devoted men kills such as Pandavas, they usually use violence to counter any form of violence just as someone uses a thorn to remove another thorn out of the body. It is explained in a claim (Srimad Bhagavatam) by Srila Prabhupada that the strength of being potent to protect annihilates and the pious wrong doors is something which is given by the Lord unto the king. The purpose for this strength is to protect the citizens and also to punish the criminals. The king or the administration in authority must first of all understand the positive impacts and the negative impacts of the use of violence. Violence must only be used when it is deemed proper but not unnecessarily. An example is given by Prabhupada of Arjuna who thought that fighting was an evil and completely refused to engage in battle. However, Krishna succeeded in convincing him to fight. Later we find that Arjuna accepted to follow the orders of Krishna and the result was that he became a strong follower of the religious principles.
We cannot succeed in the formulation of our own religious principles through the mental speculations we do often have as stated by Prabhupada. There are many defective principles of religion that have been manufactured in the modern civilization through the speculative mixture of events. This is not in accordance to Bhagavatam-dharma since Bhagavatam-dharma does comprise of only that which is from the supreme Godhead personality (Bhagavata-dharma). We have an obligation to accept the authority of our supreme Godhead personality and to surrender to him as well with whatever he says (Bhagavatam).
In the Mahabharata we find that Pandavas does uphold the principles of religion and they are given the power by the Lord to engage in fight on the fields of battle upon the failure of all other efforts to restore peace. There are also rules in battle which the people are bound to follow. Such rules include not in any way to attack an unarmed person and they should also not hit anyone below the belt. There are other such rules for the Ksatriyas to follow and they must be adhered to. The children who happen to read the stories from Srimad Bhagavatam with the description of the scenes that are violent will have an understanding of the fact that the lord and the devoted men will sometimes use violence for the purpose of killing the demons and also protecting the innocent people.
This manner of action from the lord will create an understanding in the minds of our children about the reality of our material life, whereby it is not a possibility not to either be a victim or the perpetrator of the violence in one form or another. Violence in real life is a result of lack of satisfaction in our minds making us to feel frustrated or inculcating in us the desire to have revenge on some people. Children will have the understanding of the fact that there are terrible consequences to that kind of violence. From such we realize that Krishna appears to disallow and even protect his devoted men. This makes our children to feel more protected and safe in the hands of the Lord.
Srila Prabhupada explains that such fighting occur or take place because every person wants to be the victor over the real material nature. There hence seems to be the anonymity of interest. Where everyone wants to be the figure in anything that creates interest for the opposing groups, then fight will be the result of such. In the Vaikuntha world, we find that there is only one lord and all the others are men of service. This will definitely mean that peace is existent. The young people who get exposed to the violent television shows and/or playing video games that are of violent nature will not be reasonable about any matter that calls for or incites to violence. Movies like James Bond are only a series of violent occasions. Violence as seen in the scriptures is for a divine purpose and once that purpose has been fully settled, the violence comes to an end. Children who see the demonstration of such violence in the book will not allow themselves to engage in violent situations in life. The Srimad Bhagavatam as earlier stated is transcendental and therefore it can never be of negative effect to the young ones. For the other type of movies, the parents should exercise monitory role on their understanding and should also make sure that the writer of such movies is of good reputation and that the content thereof is appropriate for the young ones of a given age group.
It is important to understand the reasons why the lord engages in battle. Looking at the seventh canto of Srimad Bhagavatam it is seen that God took the form of half man and half lion for the sole reason of protecting his devoted child Prahland. This is a demonstration of the great things that the lord can do so as to protect his child devotee Prahland. It is said by one Srila Praphupada that violence or non violence both of this are existent in the absolute truth. We have some bad effects of violence but when violence is performed in the absolute necessity its effects are only favorable. The act of killing by Krishna serves to protect the devotees but it also liberates the demons as well. Hiranyakashipu together with the other demons that were killed by the lord during the Vrndavana pastimes had the effect of achieving liberation from the influence of demons. It can further be seen that the devotees of Krishna do play the role of the demons to allow him to enjoy the Chivalrous pastimes.
There are times when we experience the mock fighting because the spirit of fighting is still there as explained by Srila Prabhupada. The instance of the son and the father, we do see the son trying to fight with his father. This is not the actual fight but just the mock fighting. The fighting spirit is however present. We cannot deny that fact. This is sometimes exhibited by the supreme individual character of the Godhead. He wanted to demonstrate that spirit of fighting as a way of challenging people who want to fight him. An ordinary human being or any other creature cannot fight with the supreme lord. This means some of his own devotees or the associates will fight him. While expressing the desire to fight there is something that Krishna wants to achieve and that is the establishment of dharma on the earth and also the incitement of pleasure to the devotees. We can easily recognize that they do appreciate Krishna’s Chivalrous qualities. The issues of violence and sex are just but some of the many things we learn from the book.