|In the third stanza, Sri Sankara speaks
about lust. Every one knows that one may conquer other things, but lust is the most
intractable of all.
Enticed by woman's beauty, her bosom and
the region of the navel,
Do not allow yourself to be lost;
They are only forms of mere flesh,
Think of them as such every time you look
Do not allow your eyes to stray about here
and there. Keep them from forbidden things. Otherwise, says Sri Sankara, you will be
caught in the vortex of lust. Yes; women look pretty; but do not be carried away by the
external appearance of the body. A woman who belongs to another cannot be yours. To covet
what cannot be had leads but to misery. Do not deceive yourself saying that it is harmless
pleasure to look at handsome women. Looking at things will not produce satisfaction. It
only breeds desire.