How to Control the Mind - Part 4

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.
4. Fixing mind on Krishna's will help us tolerate the offence done by others.

Now we shall see further.

In SB 11.23.44, the Avanti brahmana says,

anīha ātmā manasā samīhatā
hiraṇ-mayo mat-sakha udvicaṣṭe
manaḥ sva-liṅgaṁ parigṛhya kāmān
juṣan nibaddho guṇa-saṅgato ’sau

Although present along with the struggling mind within the material body, the Supersoul is not endeavoring, because He is already endowed with transcendental enlightenment. Acting as my friend, He simply witnesses from His transcendental position. I, the infinitesimal spirit soul, on the other hand, have embraced this mind, which is the mirror reflecting the image of the material world. Thus I have become engaged in enjoying objects of desire and am entangled due to contact with the modes of nature.

So here it is said that the mind is the mirror reflecting all the glitters of the material world and generating many desires in the mind. There is a saying that, "all that glitters is not gold." But without steady intelligence we foolishly we run after those things, working hard to get them through hook or crook. Whereas the Supersoul sitting beside our own soul, witnesses everything from His transcendental position, waiting for the soul to turn towards Him and surrender to Him. To the extent we delay in turning to Him, to  that extent we face miserable situations. 

In BG 16.11-12, Krishna says how demoniac people in their vain attempts to fulfill the endless materialistic desires are always miserable.

cintām aparimeyāṁ ca  pralayāntām upāśritāḥ
kāmopabhoga-paramā  etāvad iti niścitāḥ 
āśā-pāśa-śatair baddhāḥ  kāma-krodha-parāyaṇāḥ
īhante kāma-bhogārtham  anyāyenārtha-sañcayān

The demoniac people, they believe that to gratify the senses is the prime necessity of human civilization. Thus until the end of life their anxiety is immeasurable. Bound by a network of hundreds of thousands of desires and absorbed in lust and anger, they secure money by illegal means for sense gratification.

When there are so many desires in our heart we are consumed by fears and anxieties cintām aparimeyāṁ ca pralayāntām -  immeasurable fears and anxieties until the time of death. Also when these desires are not fulfilled it leads to anger and frustration. So what is the solution to overcome this miserable condition?

Krishna willing we shall see this in the subsequent offering.

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