Prakarana of Yogavasishtham Rama speaks to Viswamitra and other
sages about the negative aspects of
passion for women.
स्त्रियाः किमिव शोभनम्॥१॥
is so auspicious and good about woman whose body is like a doll made of a
flimsy cage filled with flesh and blood, nerves and blood vessels, bones and
skin, flesh, blood, tears and eyes and look at them if they are pretty to look
at. Otherwise why are you enthralled and deluded by them ? .
can a man of discriminating mind do with this hair, with this blood, this body
of the woman all of which deserve condemnation.
क्रव्यादाः सर्वदेहिनाम् ॥४॥
organs which have been pampered by clothes, cosmetics etc. again and again,
those very organs of all human beings are dragged by jackals (when they die).
sporting a chain of pearls is seen as the peaks of Meru with the waters of the
Ganga rushing down the peaks. Those very breasts are eaten by dogs like balls
of cooked rice in cremation grounds and other places (after the death of the
प्रत्यपि को ग्रहः ॥७॥
and bones which are in the animals of the forest like the donkey also make up
the body and limbs of a woman. What
attraction can be there in such a body?
all-encompassing beauty is imagined. O
sage! I think that the beauty is not there; it is only delusion.
between an alcoholic drink and a woman? Both give exuberance accompanied by
intoxication and carnal desire.
tied to the woman-chains do not wake up even with the strongest of goads of shama
(quiescence of the mind)
दहन्ति तृणवन्नरम् ॥११॥
tresses and kajal-applied eyes are like flames of fire which are their
sinful actions. They burn up men like
यथा गजः ॥१२॥
on a young woman comes to the utmost grief just like a male elephant,
infatuated with a she-elephant, falls into the large pit on the slopes of the
निःस्त्रीकस्य क्व भोगभूः
जगत्त्यक्त्वा सुखी भवेत् ॥१३॥
(as wife) carnal desires are for him. Without woman where is the scope for such
desire? When one abandons woman one abandons the world. When one abandons the world one becomes