How can one control the mind? A perennial question that was asked even 5,000 years ago. Those answers are still relevant! Would you like to learn more?
Tapas Chakraborty, 29 July 2019
So far so learned , To progress in spiritual path the first step is Control of Mind. How to accomplish absolute control of our Mind?
Is it totally internal restraint or a combination of both external and internal?
Request all enlightened soul to chart out a clear direction to follow. I will be highly grateful for your guidance.
Thunduparambil Jayaprasad, 30 July 2019
Controlling the mind is not easy..in Bhagavad. Gita ..Krishna says. ..to Arjuna. ..controlling mind is more difficult than controlling wind…But.with Krishna’s help you can do it by diverting your attention to Krishna service . Chanting.and surrendering to him .then Lord will take care…Hare Krishna
Arun Agarwal, 31 July 2019
It is Arjun who says that it is very difficult to control mind even more difficult than controlling air. Lord Krishna then tells Arjuna the simple way to control it. Those who surrender to him can control it very easily.
Tapas Chakraborty, 31 July 2019
Thanks for your reply
Request the following
1. What is complete surrender, and
2. How to accomplish the same
The above are literally theoretical, what practice in our daily life we need to do so that we derive the necessary motivation to remain focused.
Arun Agarwal, 31 July 2019
I am sorry the answer I gave that surrender to Krishna is the way to control over mind is not correct. Surrender unto Lord Krishna is necessary for overcoming the three modes of material nature which is his divine energy.
For controlling mind pl refer Bhagwad Gita.
Lord Krishna said (6.35 Bhagwad Gita) it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind but it is possible by suitable practice and by detachment.
6.26.(Bhagwad Gita) From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature one must certainly withdraw it and bring back under the control of self.
However for surrendering unto Krishna one has to be in full knowledge and always keeping himself engaged in pure devotional service of lord Krishna.
I have started reading Bhagavad Gita and the books of Srila Prabhupada for the last one year only. As such I know that I am actually a beginner only and may try to sound very literate and accomplished. But believe me I am only trying to express what I have read so far. I just wish to involve in the process of discussion for enhancing the knowledge
Sudhanshu Soni, 31 July 2019
Hare Krishna Prabhu
I hope this lecture may help you .
Tapas Chakraborty, 1 August 2019
Thanks Bhakta Arun
It’s a real pleasure reading your reply. I believe we are all learning, in fact in search of absolute truth and knowledge which has no end. Each day comes with a new experience and from it greater insights of what we already know. Also the toughest time in our life teaches us more at a greater speed .The more we have questions greater is our search for truth.
So from your reply what I get to know is training the mind for delineating ourselves from material attachment and focusing on absolute reality.
So the question remains how we can force our mind to withdraw from temptations of the materialistic world. Theoretically yes but practically it is difficult unless we are able to harness the consciousness within .
Sharon, 1 August 2019
Thanking you in your lecture, I have read, and I but I know within the rest of my day I will continue to go back to read through and accept what I need to do in order to make the necessary changes to my inner self to become a better much happier person to become more responsible to ensure I don’t slip away with any of the other people who are not wanting to become a part of the inner world of the betterment xx thanking you
Shridhar Das, 1 August 2019
Please accept my humble obeisance.
All Glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All Glories to Sri Guru & Sri Gauranga!
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I am humbly trying to elaborate on below perfect answers. I have not gone through the link yet as I don’t have the facility at the moment but I hope it answers your query fully.
Mind. This topic is unlimited and endless, no matter how many seminars be delivered on it. So are thoughts, desires, impressions in the mind unlimited.
Indeed, as quoted below a great warrior like Arjuna, who was extremely talented and a valiant warrior accepted subordination to the battle against mind although he was confident to bring under control a voracious hurricane. Can we be that confident? What to speak of mind.
The conditioned soul is in this awkward position all because of its surrender to the mind. Great sages dedicate their whole life to perform penance just to conquer the mind and the senses and transcend this existence. And very few pass the test. The glorious tales of such sages decorate the Srimad Bhagavatam so that we can learn and be inspired in similar spirit.
As per your question, we can see Vishwamitra Muni. He very expertly performed penances. Surrounded by fire from all sides during summer and entered into ice waters during winters. Didn’t eat for days and even month while performing austerity. But a simple tinkling of Menaka’s ankle bell ruined all his progress.
On the other hand, a similar yogi named Durvasa Muni got agitated and so angry that he wanted to kill a devotee like Ambarish just because Durvasa Muni “felt” that he has not been given proper respect. Durvasa Muni summoned a demon from his yogic powers to kill Ambarish Maharaj, a pure devotee. This is called trying to kill a mosquito with a machine gun. Punishing a so-called mistake severely.
On the other hand Ambarish Maharaj didn’t retaliate to save his life. He simply depended on Krishna’s will. Krishna’s Sudarshan personally came without invitation for his protection. What was Durvasa’s qualification? He was fully engaged in Lord’s service and depended on Lord for personal maintenance. In 56-72 verses of Bhagavad Gita’s 2nd chapter, you can find this comparison of yogic v/s devotional process.
The point is- Our path is of Grace & Dependence. Doesn’t mean we don’t care for restraint. We do the needful to keep the standard for the mind, before it may cheat viz. 4 Regulative Principles, Chanting 16 good Rounds at least, Observing Fast on Ekadashi and festivals, Daily study of Srila Prabhupada Books, goes on… Everyone then observe personal austerities under superior guidance.
On our path, the emphasis is not restraining, for Krishna tells in 3rd Chapter – What can repression accomplish?
Mind is very obstinate and we have our own natures. Our process teaches us not to give up work. Rather if we have greed for work and profit, we should fully engage that greed, while assuring we submit the results which assures pleasure of Guru & Vaishnavas. Krishna guided Arjuna to engage his warfare Kshatriya spirit in fighting too not for solitary devotion in the forest as Arjuna felt.
The ultimatum is, if we are acting as per Supreme Worshipable Personality, The All Loving Krishna’s will, mind will always be happy. But to do that we need to understand His teachings. And that is possible through a bonafide spiritual master and his representatives. So we should look for that person whom we can give our heart to faithfully and follow their instructions. And even if mind is not cooperating, but because heart is set on pleasing someone, mind becomes subordinate to such love. So even when mind is upset, we know whom to approach and hear from. And we know if they are pleased, our life is going perfect. So look for some advanced souls locally who are fully engaged ecstatically in serving Srila Prabhupada. At least we can pray for guidance daily.
For this reason, Srila Gurudeva & Srimati Gurumata (and various other great souls) open themselves to others. In this case there are online lectures where everyone can hear and interact asking questions daily. There is facility to write emails and personally serve them and inquire from them.
You can also sense this surrender in lives of all leading Srila Prabhupada disciples, for Srila Prabhupada.
In my view it is only due to our lack of knowledge about Krishna which makes it difficult for us to delineate ourselves totally from material world. You should continue to study the Bhagavad Gita and also the invaluable literature of Srila Prabhupad . You will gain knowledge about everything necessary to achieve the desired goal.
Tapas Chakraborty, 1 August 2019
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
It is indeed an in-depth and elaborate explanation in dealing with the complexities linked to the control of mind. Some takeaways which I will attempt to follow with heart and soul.
– Disciplined approach to daily life with regular chanting and reading books
– Focus on understanding the Bhagavad-Gita with repetitive follow up
– Try for holy company(Association of Devotees)
– Engage only for true knowledge
– Detachments from materialistic objects
– Complete surrender to Lord Krishna for his guidance
– Regular touch with holy brothers by asking questions whenever in doubt.
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