Very recently I received a photo in a email attachment from a good internet friend of mine. The photo was of a man who kissed 19 poisonous king cobras. I was like WOW what a poisonous kiss. But then just suddenly something struck me. Isn’t kissing a girl poisonous. The poison of the snake affects the body but the very sight of kissing may fill the mind with the poison of desire (Kama) and poison of lust (vasana). And then this makes the person behave stupidly. When the anger enters due to non fulfillment of desire , one loses his memory about decency and status which results in losing of his discrimination of right or wrong , this results in his character loss and everything is lost. The poison of snake affects the body but the poison of the desire affects the character.
This sequence of destruction is beautifully said in the bhagwat geeta by Lord Krishna.
KRODHAT BHAVATI SAMMOHAT, SAMMOHAT SMRUTI VIBHARAMAT,
SMRITI VIBHARAMAT BUDDHI NASHAYA, BUDDHI NASHAT PRANASHAYATI.
How true isn’t it !!! I thank this friend who sent me the mail for making me realize this thing in a unique angle.