How to Control the Mind - Part 5

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

This is in conclusion 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.
5. When we attempt to fulfill the endless desires, the result is anger, frustration and anxiety

Now we shall see further.

Desires keep arising in our mind like the waves in the ocean. We saw in previous offering that when materialistic desires - even when we attempt to fulfill them gives us so much anxiety, frustration and fear. Krishna teaches us in Bhagavad Gita as to how pure devotees deal with desires. He says in BG 2.70

āpūryamāṇam acala-pratiṣṭhaṁ
samudram āpaḥ praviśanti yadvat
tadvat kāmā yaṁ praviśanti sarve
sa śāntim āpnoti na kāma-kāmī

A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires – that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still – can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.

The samudram, the ocean is always being filled - āpūryamāṇam - by the waters from the rivers that enter into it praviśanti - but is the ocean agitated by the water that is entering into it? No, acala-pratiṣṭhaṁ it is it is steadily situated, very calm. It never overflows.  Similarly that person who just lets all the desires that enter into his mind, without taking any action to fulfill them, is very peaceful, just like the ocean is not agitated by the water that enters into it, he will know peace.

Srila Prabhupada explains in his purport to the above verse, "As long as one has the material body, the demands of the body for sense gratification will continue. The devotee, however, is not disturbed by such desires, because of his fullness. A Kṛṣṇa conscious man is not in need of anything, because the Lord fulfills all his material necessities. Therefore he is like the ocean – always full in himself. Desires may come to him like the waters of the rivers that flow into the ocean, but he is steady in his activities, and he is not even slightly disturbed by desires for sense gratification. That is the proof of a Kṛṣṇa conscious man – one who has lost all inclinations for material sense gratification, although the desires are present. Because he remains satisfied in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, he can remain steady, like the ocean, and therefore enjoy full peace. Others, however, who want to fulfill desires even up to the limit of liberation, what to speak of material success, never attain peace."

Pure devotees of the Lord always focus their mind on pleasing the Lord and not pleasing their own senses. On the other hand, a kāma-kāmī who tries to fulfill all the desires that enter his mind. Can he ever satisfy his desires? No, never because there is no end to our desires, it keeps flowing incessantly into our mind.

The solution is not to take any action to fulfill those desires. But we know it is easily said than done. Those of us who are in the path of devotional service, can take inspiration from the pure devotees of the Lord and simply try to follow their footsteps. As Prahlad Maharaj says we can get out atitaret, of this maya manah, the external energy of the Lord in the form of our mind and its multi various desires only by taking shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord. 

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