How to Control the Mind - Part 3

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

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled, "How to Control the Mind" wherein we were trying to meditate on one of the prayers of Prahlad Maharaj to Lord Narasimha devi (SB 7.9.21). In the previous offering  we saw.

1. Only by surrendering to Krishna and by His grace, the material desires coming out of mind can be replaced by spiritual desires.
2. We are under the influence of maya when we try to imitate Krishna and try to become the master.
3. We can be relieved from the powerful clutches of maya if we voluntarily surrender to Krishna.

Now we shall see further. 

Although mind is subtle, it is very powerful and capable of bewildering us when we are facing miseries in this material world. Especially in case of miseries caused by other living entities, mind makes us concoct so many things and we get dragged hither and thither in the chariot of mind, when we don't fix ourselves at the lotus feet of Krishna.

In the 11th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam we have a very instructive story narrated by Krishna to Uddhava when Uddava says, "O Lord, the conditioning of one’s personality in material life is very strong, and therefore it is very difficult even for learned men to tolerate the offenses committed against them by ignorant people. Only Your devotees, who are fixed in Your loving service and who have achieved peace by residing at Your lotus feet, are able to tolerate such offences."

Krishna agrees to what Uddava tells and then recounts the story of a certain sannyāsī who was insulted in many ways by impious men. However, with determination he remembered that he was suffering the fruit of his own previous karma. Previously he was a rich merchant but he was so miserly that even his family members including his wife felt inimical towards him. Eventually he lost all his wealth having been plundered by his family members, thieves, providence and government. He was left with nothing and his family ignored him. Having lost all his wealth, he felt great pain and lamentation. Then a powerful feeling of renunciation came over him and he became very philosophical and sings to himself. In the song of this Avanti brahmana, in SB 11.23.43 he says

mano guṇān vai sṛjate balīyas
tataś ca karmāṇi vilakṣaṇāni
śuklāni kṛṣṇāny atha lohitāni
tebhyaḥ sa-varṇāḥ sṛtayo bhavanti

The powerful mind actuates the functions of the material modes, from which evolve the different kinds of material activities in the modes of goodness, ignorance and passion. From the activities in each of these modes develop the corresponding statuses of life.

In the purport to the above verse,  Srila Prabhupada states, "The word balīyas in this verse, meaning “very strong,” indicates that the material mind becomes insensitive to intelligent advice. Even if we are informed that we are committing many sins and offenses in order to earn money, we may still think that money should be acquired at all costs, since without it one can neither perform religious ceremonies nor gratify the senses with beautiful women, mansions and vehicles. Once the money is achieved, one suffers further problems, but the stubborn mind will never heed good advice in this regard. One must therefore give up mental concoction and control the mind in Kṛṣṇa consciousness, as exemplified here by the brāhmaṇa from Avantī."

Krishna willing we shall meditate further on this topic in the  subsequent offering.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva
Uma Prathap
Thiruvanathapuram.