indriyanam hi caratam

yan mano 'nuvidhiyate

tad asya harati prajnam

vayur navam ivambhasi

tasmad yasya maha-baho

nigrhitani sarvasah


tasya prajna pratisthita

Bg 2.68

As a strong wind sweeps away a boat on the water, even one of the roaming senses on which the mind focuses can carry away a man's intelligence. Therefore, O mighty-armed, one whose senses are restrained from their objects is certainly of steady intelligence.


Unless all of the senses are engaged in the service of the Lord, even one of them engaged in sense gratification can deviate the devotee from the path of transcendental advancement. As mentioned in the life of Maharaja Ambarisa, all of the senses must be engaged in Krishna consciousness, for that is the correct technique for controlling the mind. 

One can curb the forces of sense gratification only by means of Krishna consciousness, or engaging all the senses in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. As enemies are curbed by superior force, the senses can similarly be curbed, not by any human endeavor, but only by keeping them engaged in the service of the Lord.


One who has understood this -- that only by Krishna consciousness is one really established in intelligence and that one should practice this art under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master -- is called sadhaka, or a suitable candidate for liberation.

Ys in service of Srila Prabhupada


(Dr Jagadeesh TG)  


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