Ways to Control the Restless Mind

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

Human mind is indeed a wonderful creation of Supreme Lord. In one of his lectures Prabhupada used to say how mind is more powerful than these modern day aeroplanes. The moment you think about India in your mind - you are immediately transferred there, even if you are staying thousands of miles away in a different country. On the other hand the speed of modern vehicles is limited when compared to speed of mind. But if the potency of mind is misdirected the results are terrible.

In Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 verse 67, Lord Krishna says,

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

As a strong wind sweeps away a boat on the water, even one of the roaming senses on which the mind focuses can carry away a man's intelligence.

Mind becomes agitated easily by adhyātmic and adhibhautik miseries. We must never give time for the mind to brood over what others have said or will say in future etc. We practically gain nothing by brooding over these things. Rather we loose our physical and mental peace. The best way to control the mind is to keep us always busy in service of Lord. We must never let our mind idle. As the saying goes, an idle mind is indeed a devil's workshop. In the above verse Krishna has clearly said that it is dangerous to leave even one of the roaming sense free. For example - when we are chanting, our eyes should be engaged in seeing the Forms of the Lord - rather than watching people fight/talk. Our ears should only concentrate on the Holy Names that are being uttered and not be distracted by any other mundane music or conversation that is going on.

While going through the letters written by Srila Prabhupada in Vedabase, I found a following powerful instruction from His Divine Grace about the best way to control our minds !

"You say that your mind unfortunately runs away now and then. That is the business of the mind, but if you simply fix up your mind on the Lotus Feet of Krishna, the rascal mind cannot disturb you anymore. My Guru Maharaja used to say that just rise early in the morning and then kick the mind with a shoe one hundred times. Then while going to sleep, one should take a broomstick and strike the mind another hundred times. The mind is so restless, that it can be brought to tameness only by the process suggested by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. So you should try this process and stop the mind from running away now and then. If you follow the process of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, naturally He will help you in controlling the mind and bestow all His blessings upon you."

Indeed this kind of constant hammering  is very much required for us and that alone can save us.

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