“ In Çrémad-Bhägavatam (6.1.9-10) Parékñit Mahäräja placed a number of intelligent questions before Çukadeva Gosvämé. One of these questions was: "Why do people undergo atonement if they cannot control their senses?“”
Atonement-Amends or reparation made for an injury or wrong; expiation; the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing (especially appeasing a deity)
Three types of sinful activity:
1. Those of the body
2. Those of the mind
3. Those of speech
Sinful life is performed by body, mind, and speech; thus three Yamadutas arrested Ajamila to take him for being punished .
The Impetus for Sinful Activity Senses Mind Intelligence Body Soul “ The working senses are superior to dull matter; mind is higher than the senses; intelligence is still higher than the mind; and he [the soul] is even higher than the intelligence. “ Bhagavad-Gita 3.42
“ While contemplating the objects of the senses, a person develops attachment for them, and from such attachment lust develops, and from lust anger arises. From anger, delusion arises, and from delusion bewilderment of memory. When memory is bewildered, intelligence is lost, and when intelligence is lost, one falls down again into the material pool.” Bhagavad-Gita 2.62-63
“ When an intelligent person hears from the law books and sastras, or scriptures, that stealing is not good and hears that a thief is punished when arrested, he refrains from theft. A less intelligent person may first have to be arrested and punished for stealing to learn to stop stealing.
“ However, a rascal, a foolish man, may have the experience of both hearing and seeing and may even be punished, but still he continues to steal. Even if such a person atones and is punished by the government, he will again commit theft as soon as he comes out of jail.”
A doctor can prescribe medicine to restore the body of a patient who has contracted an STD due to a bad sexual tendency. The Medicine can help the body, but Because the tendency remains, the patient again returns with the same problem. What then is the use of the prescription?
What is the use of an elephants bath? “ He compared atonement to an elephant's bathing. The elephant may take a very nice bath in the river, but as soon as it comes onto the bank, it throws dirt all over its body. What, then, is the value of its bathing?... This kind of prayascitta, or atonement, is condemned by Pariksit Maharaj, the most intelligent king of his time.”
“ One can be gradually elevated to the standard of real knowledge, or Krishna consciousness, by practicing austerity and celibacy (brahmacarya), by controlling the mind, by controlling the senses, by giving up one's possessions in charity, by being avowedly truthful, by keeping clean and by practicing yoga-äsanas.”
“…simply by following the regulative principles of Krishna consciousness—refraining from illicit sex, meat-eating, intoxication and gambling—and by engaging in the service of the Supreme Lord under the direction of the bona fide spiritual master.”
“ My dear King Rahuguna, unless one has the opportunity to smear his entire body with the dust of the lotus feet of great devotees, one cannot realize the Absolute Truth. One cannot realize the Absolute Truth simply by observing celibacy [brahmacarya], strictly following the rules and regulations of householder life, leaving home as a vänaprastha, accepting sannyäsa, or undergoing severe penances in winter by keeping oneself submerged in water or surrounding oneself in summer by fire and the scorching heat of the sun. There are many other processes to understand the Absolute Truth, but the Absolute Truth is only revealed to one who has attained the mercy of a great devotee.” SB 5.12.12
6 Principles of Application The Art of Engaging the 6 types of Urges