Fixing the Mind on Krishna - Part 11

Fixing the Mind on Krishna - Part 11

5th Apr 2014
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

This is in continuation of the transcription of the nectarean class of our beloved spiritual master H H 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 offering we heard 11 points from Maharaj and now we shall continue further.

12. Way to control the mind:  In order to control the senses we have to control the mind. We have to control the mind. And in Srimad Bhagavatam the mind thing is very nicely described in one of the verses in 10th Canto. Beautiful verse. Please understand how the mind can be controlled. It is a nice way shown in Srimad Bhagavatam (10.5.4). In Bhagavad Gita also there are innumerable verses and references to control the mind. 

kālena snāna-śaucābhyāṁ saṁskārais tapasejyayā
śudhyanti dānaiḥ santuṣṭyā dravyāṇy ātmātma-vidyayā

Beautiful verse you know and it can be sung nicely in Bhagavad Gita lyric. In this 9 items are given, how they are purified according to Bhagavatam. kaalena - by the passing of time, the land is purified. And all the material things are purified. This is the best example. If the land is made dirty by the construction of roads and bridges and this and that and if they are left for few years, then the tar will mix into the land and you will never see there was a road here. At the moment these roads are being used. If they are not used for few years then they automatically convert themselves into the land. This is how land is purified by itself with the passing of time. Then snaana - by taking shower, our body is purified. shaucaabhyaam - by cleaning the things, uncleaned things are cleaned. Then samskaarais - by different purificatory process, our birth is purified. Initiation is one samskaar. Birth is the beginning samskaar. Then again dvija samskaar - second initiation and our whole birth is purified. tapasaa - By austerities the senses are purified. In order to purify the senses there must be austerity. We are austere here. We don't drink tea or coffee and that is why our senses are under control. If we take these things, then our senses will drag us to sinful activities. Then ijyayaa - by worship your mind is purified. Your existence is purified. Then shudhyanti daanaih - your wealth is purified by charity - daanaih. santushtyaa - by satisfaction the mind can be controlled. The mind cannot be controlled by anything else. By satisfaction alone, you will control the mind. In order to have the satisfaction, we should always be satisfied in our own situations. If you are satisfied, then it will always drag you and force you to have unflinching devotion towards the Lord. Then atma or soul is purified by atma vidyayaa - knowledge of self-realisation. These are the 9 ways very nicely described.

Our point is that always the mind has to be controlled and purified. As soon as it is purified, it can be very controlled. In Bhagavad Gita it is very nicely in two words how the mind can be controlled - abhyaasena tu vairaagyena - abhyaas means practices. We are doing these practices by which the mind can be controlled and vairaagyena - detachment. We have to forego the attachment to the material unwanted things. Things which are not required, we should be completely detached from those things and then only, we will be controlled. 

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.