Fixing the Mind on Krishna - Part 9

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva. 

This is in continuation of the transcription of the nectarean class of our beloved spiritual master HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on Caitanya Caritamrta Adi-lila verse 2.117 on the occasion of the disappearance of Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami, author of the great literature Caitanya Caritamrta. In the previous offerings we heard 9 points. In this offering let us continue to hear more from Maharaj.

10. Fill the mind with Krishna katha: The important thing is to see Krishna everywhere. This is the best thing. And through the pages of Bhagavad Gita we must learn wherein we can see Krishna. There are 5 verses in 7th Chapter, verses 8,9,10,11 and 12 and they give you 15 situations wherein you can see Krishna. But in order to understand these literatures, our mind must be completely purified. And there are very nice verses to show how the mind can be purified. Because mind is our enemy otherwise. If it is pollued then it is our enemy. Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita verse 2.67,

indriyāṇāṁ hi caratāṁ yan mano ’nuvidhīyate
tad asya harati prajñāṁ vāyur nāvam ivāmbhasi

Mind is a great problem in this age. Fifty years we were in Vaishnava society and since last 5 generations Vaishnavism is very seriously followed in our community and because of that there was no question of mind at all. This mind was completely absent, because everybody was a devotee. As soon as your mind is engaged in devotional service, there would be no inebriety. Srila Prabhupada gives a very nice example, that there are paddy fields in Mayapur. The paddy field, main characteristic is that, that field should always be full of water. Always should be full of water. If it is full of water, then paddy field can grow. The weeds will not grow. But by some accident, if there is some leakage in the field, and the water dries out, drains out of the field, then as soon as the field is dry, the paddy plant stops growing and the weeds grow. This is how our mind also, if it is full of Krishna katha then it will not drag you anywhere else. Then the bhakti creeper will grow. But as soon as the mind is drained out of Krishna katha, then it will drag you to the material things. Weeds will grow and bhakti will never grow

This is very nicely illustrated in the life of Bilvamangala Thakura. He was born in a very nice brahmana family, highly elevated family. He was married to a very nice chaste lady. The marriage was very nicely arranged and it was a very successful marriage. But the mind is a problem. One day for some job he visited a town and he saw a beautiful prostitute there. And his mind completely went astray. He tried to follow the prostitute. And because he himself was very handsome and nice personality, the prostitute also fell in love with him and she stopped going to other men. And they started saying together.The prostitute was known as Cintamani. He started to stay together with her and he completely forgot about the chaste wife at home. This is the mind. Immediately the mind dragged him away from the home. 

Krishna willing we shall hear more nectar from Maharaj in the subsequent offerings.

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