Hare Krsna! (2 part series)

Part 1:

When you think about your life, is there anything that is holding you back? All the great people of our time agree that the only person holding us back, is ourselves. What is it specifically that is blocking us?

There could be a variety of reasons, but the most likely stopper is our mind. Lord Krsna says in the Gita, that “For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.” (BG 6.6)

We have all had days were we “space out”, get distracted, and don’t achieve much. If only we could conquer our mind. Imagine a mind that is your best friend, the possibilities would be endless. So how do we control the mind? Lord Krsna says “it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by suitable practice and by detachment.” (BG 6.35)

There are 2 aspects: suitable practice and detachment. We will discuss detachment more in part 2.

For now, I want to leave you with a story about a guru and his restless disciple:

A disciple and his teacher were walking through the forest. The disciple was disturbed by his constantly flickering mind was in constant unrest.

He asked his teacher: "Why are most people's minds restless, and only a few possess a calm mind? What can one do to still the mind?"

The teacher looked at the disciple, smiled and said:

"I will tell you a story. An elephant was standing and picking leaves from a tree. A small fly came, flying and buzzing near his ear. The elephant waved it away with his long ears. Then the fly came again, and the elephant waved it away once more".

This was repeated several times. Then the elephant asked the fly:

"Why are you so restless and noisy? Why can't you stay for a while in one place?"

The fly answered: "I am attracted to whatever I see, hear or smell. My five senses pull me constantly in all directions and I cannot resist them. What is your secret? How can you stay so calm and still?"

The elephant stopped eating and said:

"My five senses do not rule my attention. Whatever I do, I get immersed in it. Now that I am eating, I am completely immersed in eating. In this way I can enjoy my food and chew it better. I rule and control my attention, and not the other way around."

Upon hearing these words, the disciple's eyes opened wide and a smile appeared on his face. He looked at his teacher and said:

"I understand! If I allow my five senses to rule, then my mind is in constant unrest, because the senses are always going here and there for pleasure. But if I am in charge of my five senses and I focus my attention on one thing, then my mind becomes calm".

"Yes, that's right", answered the teacher, "The mind is restless and goes wherever the attention is. Control your attention, and you control your mind".


Nitai Kirtan das

(Look out for part 2, coming on Mon)

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  • Hare Krsna!

    Thank you for the comments Prabhu's. I hope it didn't sound like I was advocating jnana yoga! I liked this story because I felt as if I was the disciple, my mind is always all over the place, even when I try to perform my bhakti. When I'm chanting my rounds, cooking for the deities, sitting in Bhagavatam class, etc, my mind is wandering. The point that I was trying to bring out, is that whatever goal you are trying to achieve, you need to be focused. If you're at work, focus, and don't let your mind and senses wander. And especially if you are performing Bhakti (chanting, reading etc), you need to be very focused too.

    So be detached from sense enjoyment, that was the point. Perhaps I can edit the blog to make it clearer. Thank you for pointing this out though. Thank you for correcting me.

    Your servant,

    Nitai K. das

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    hare ram hare ram ram ram hare hare................

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    Dear devotee Hare Krsna,     This is the process of jnana yoga in Gita where you have to develop detachment and control the mind.

    In bhakti yoga we don't try for detachment we try for attachment.

    By attachment to Krsna, Hrshiikesh our mind and senses becomes automaticaly controlled by Him.          

      Hare Krsna


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