I have read this story of chandra and Tara, wife of deva guru, bruhaspati. It is kind of hard to digest despite soma and bruhaspati considered as divine. What is this story trying to tell? Why did tara fell for chandra? , how did chandra attract tara? weren't they supposed to overcome their pleasures? It is wrong, isn't it? what is the paramartha behind this story?

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Chandra seduced Tara being overcome by lust and they indulged in illicit sex due to which Budha (planet Mercury) was born as described in this answer.

The paramartha here is that even a deva residing in the higher planetary system can succumb to his or her senses due to the illusory energy of Lord Vishnu.

Similar incidents can be found in Shrimad Bhagavatam such as the brahmana Ajamila becoming attracted to a prostitute, Puranjana becoming a woman in the next life, activities of Maharaja Yayati, Indra, Lord Brahma, and many others.

The permanent solution to this is given by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita (2.59):

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Even though one may be materially very elevated, by experiencing a higher taste alone can one become fully free from the disease of lust.

References for further reading: Ajamila


Puranjana becomes a woman

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