Power of Mind

Power of Mind

Sudarshana devi dasi

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhuada and Gurudev.

While instructing King Rahugana about how one needs to be careful with one's mind, Jada Bharatha says in Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 5 , Chapter 11 verse 4 as follows .. 

gunaanuraktam vyasanaaya jantoh
kshemaaya nairgunyam atho manah syaat
yathaa pradipo ghrta-vartim ashnan
shikhaah sadhumaa bhajati hy anyadaa svam
padam tathaa guna-karmaanubaddham
vrttir manah shrayate 'nyatra tattvam

"When the living entity's mind becomes absorbed in the sense gratification of the material world, it brings about his conditioned life and suffering within the material situation. However, when the mind becomes unattached to material enjoyment, it becomes the cause of liberation. When the flame in a lamp burns the wick improperly, the lamp is blackened, but when the lamp is filled with ghee and is burning properly, there is bright illumination. Similarly, when the mind is absorbed in material sense gratification, it causes suffering, and when detached from material sense gratification, it brings about the original brightness of Krishna consciousness."

Mind - inspite of being a part of our subtle body, has a powerful influence on our actions. If we are in joyful mood, we would be able to perform our activities nicely. On the other hand, when we are in dull and morose mood, we will falter even while performing simple actions.  In the above verse, Jada Bharatha is very nicely comparing the capabilities of mind to that of flame in the lamp. If the lamp is filled with ghee and wick, it brings light to surroundings. On the other hand, if it burns the wick, it will only blacken the lamp instead of illuminating the surroundings. 

There is a saying that "Idle mind is workshop of devil".  So we should ensure to engage our mind in  devotional service to Supreme Lord, to save it from getting agitated.  In one of his lectures, Maharaj was quoting example of how small children wake up crying, whenever they go to bed crying. What to speak of little children, even if we go to bed, with a disturbed mind, while waking up in the morn as well as during the sleep in the night our consciousness remains disturbed. So Maharaj instructed that we need chant before going to sleep and then in the morning again we should first chant the Mahamantra while waking up also. So our sleep is also purified and consciousness also remains very clear when we wake up daily.  By following this principle we would be able to train our mind not to fall a prey to sense gratifications of this world.

May we remember this and never let our mind to rule over us. Instead may we surrender unto the lotus feet of Gurudev and Krishna and control our flickering mind by the process of bhakti.

Thank you very much,
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi