How to Control the Controller of Body – Mind
Before understanding how to fix up our mind, we should understand what the mind is. Our senses, when they contact the object of senses from that thoughts are produced. The eyes watch whatever is coming on the TV, even some news about somewhere a battle going on in the Middle East or so. From what we see, an object and a thought is produced. Same thing is for the ear, we hear something and a thought is produced. So, these thoughts go to the mind and the mind works like a receptionist receiving all these thoughts and messages from the outside world. If the object of our senses is Krishna then there would be thoughts about Krishna- His pastimes with Radharani, with the Damsels of Vrindavan, Krishna sitting on a Kadamba tree branch or Krishna on the bank of Yamuna, herding cows. This perception will produce thoughts about Krishna.
So, the idea is to think about Krishna, “Visnu smaranam” – to think about Krishna, to remember Krishna, to meditate on Krishna. So the object for our senses should be Krishna, then the mind will be controlled automatically. If there is no other object than Krishna then automatically the mind will have thoughts about Krishna and the constant flow of thoughts is ‘Mind’. If the object of our senses is Krishna then it automatically becomes easy to concentrate on Krishna. If you see some food, Prasadam, then you can place Krishna there and immediately you are reminded of Krishna. You see a tree and you place Krishna then you don’t see a tree, you see Krishna!
sthāvara-jaṅgama dekhe, nā dekhe tāra mūrti
sarvatra haya nija iṣṭa-deva-sphūrti
Sarvatra, he doesn’t see the body, outer appearance. He sees Krishna, “sarvatra haya nija iṣṭa-deva-sphūrti,” he sees Krishna in everything. We have to train ourselves to see Krishna everywhere, ‘Practice makes Man perfect’, “abhyāsena tu kaunteya vairāgyeṇa ca gṛhyate.”
cancalam hi manah krsna
pramathi balavad drdham
This mind is very difficult to conquer but Krishna says it’s easy if you constantly practice, ‘abhyaas’. Wherever the mind goes bring him back and put it at the lotus feet of Krishna, this should be practiced day in and day out, ‘Practice makes a Man perfect’. So, by practising the mind will be focussed. Practice must be there and a little bit detachment should be there, “abhyāsena tu kaunteya vairāgyeṇa ca gṛhyate.” Vairagya means detachment from worldly things. If someone is the owner of an MNC, its sole owner, then he will not be able to concentrate on Krishna because He is always concentrating on his enterprise, even if he practices it, it is difficult. Positive of ‘Vairagya’, detachment from worldly things is attachment to Krishna.
“abhyāsena tu kaunteya vairāgyeṇa ca gṛhyate.”
If somebody is renounced like Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Sanatana Goswami or Srila Prabhupada then there is no other thing except Krishna in their life. No thought to earn bread and butter, just go on madhukari and live in a place which you don’t have to maintain, living under different trees every day and you don’t have to have to arrange clothes, just kaupin and kantha. So, being attached to Krishna and your mind will not go elsewhere. No enterprise, no family, no party; we cannot do this but we can practice detachment by attaching our mind to Krishna. That’s what Krishna said to Arjuna, ‘you detach yourself and get attached to me, then your mind will be focussed’. So, we should constantly practice.
bahu janma kare yadi śravaṇa, kīrtana
tabu ta’ nā pāya kṛṣṇa-pade prema-dhana
If you want to reawaken your love for Krishna then you will have to focus your mind onto Krishna, His name, His form, His pastimes, His paraphernalia, His abode. All these things are absolute, one with Krishna and non-different from Krishna.
raso ‘ham apsu kaunteya
sabdah khe paurusam nrsu
I’m the taste of water, I’m the light and the heat of Sun and Moon, the sound vibration in sky; it is all Krishna. Like that, we can bring Krishna to anything and everything. Just bring Krishna somehow. “yena tena prakarena manah krsne nivesayet,” by hook or by crook bring Krishna at the center. Just think about Krishna everywhere, place Krishna everywhere, you will be Krishnized, your mind will be Krishnized, you existence will be Krishnized. We have to practice to bring Krishna in anything and everything we see, hear, smell, eat, touch, we have to bring Krishna there, not that we abstain from all these things. We should carry on with our day to day life but bring Krishna in our day to day life. So, this is how we can fix our mind by constant practice, detachment.
If your mind doesn’t fix where you want then the other way is very extreme. In cold season below 0 degree weather you give yourself a cold bath and your mind. Good cold bath and the mind will immediately become fixed. We can torture the mind, but it is a negative way of controlling the mind which the yoga people does, but our yoga is ‘Sahaj’ yoga, very easy to practice. It is a yoga of love and devotion. So we can train our mind in love and devotion rather than torturing. Another way of torturing is to do exactly opposite than what your mind says, exactly opposite and your mind will come under your control. Mind says Go to rock and roll or any cinema show, you take it to the temple where chanting and dancing is going on and then your mind will say, “Thank you that you brought me here.” So, do exactly opposite of what mind says, if it says, “I want to drink liquor” then give it charnamrita and afterwards mind will say, “Oh, you’re doing wonderful, I don’t want that liquor. This is so nice amrita,” by doing this mind will become friend. It is easy to give your senses spiritual matter to enjoy which is in connection to Krishna then your mind will automatically will become spiritualised because object of the senses will be Krishna, then senses are Krishnized, thoughts are of Krishnized then mind will be automatically of Krishnized, intelligence will be Krishnized, your whole existence will be Krishnized. Time and place are also important, one can go to a pure place, top of a mountain or a holy dham. Proper place, proper time- brahma mahurta and proper association in front of your spiritual master, deity or both, so mind can be fixed like this. Constant practice and mind will listen to you, mind is a subservant. Ambarish maharaj put his mind on the lotus feet of the lord.
Somehow or the other focus your mind on Krishna. Let him go and bring it back, let him go and bring it back. Prabhupada said, “Quantity first, quality will come later on.” Chanting will make the senses and mind peaceful so now mind would like to focus on Krishna, it will become intoxicated with Krishna consciousness just like it is intoxicated with sense gratification. When a person practices then mind will become focussed and will not leave Krishna consciousness.