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Lust


If you find yourself in a state of sin, simply cultivate the opposite.



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Lust



Lust is simply following the flesh and our sexual desires without restriction. While God created us to have sex drives and to be sexual beings, God also offers us guidelines to enjoy our sexuality in a way that is most fruitful for everyone. Lust is rooted in a lack of self-control. Many people don't realize that even when using condoms, sex is an exchange of energy. Engaging in multiple sexual partners is like is following wind, being drawn in this direction and that, totally governed by our sexual desires, rather than being consciously in control. When people do this, over time, they may experience a high level of confusion, difficulty finding their way and finding the clarity of mind to make good decisions because the person is connected to the energy of so many people. Lack of sexual self-control is an easy way to lose one's sacred energy.



The opposite of lust is chastity. One can cultivate chastity by focusing on self-control, practicing modesty in clothing and behavior, and by practicing celibacy and semen retention. In the Yoga Sutras, this sexual restraint is called brahmacharya, another of the yamas. Through brahmacharya, one is said to gain energy.






The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Virtues

1. Pride

2. Greed

3. Lust

4. Envy

7. Sloth





 

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