Purify your Thoughts!

27th Feb 2005
Sudarshana devi dasi

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

Thoughts reflect one's words and action. So it is very important that we purify our thoughts. The mind becomes a trash when we do not regulate the type of thoughts entering it. The only way to cleanse the trash is by engaging the mind in service of the Supreme Lord.  

In Srimad Bhagavatam, verse 1.15.29, it is mentioned:

bhaktyā nirmathitāśeṣa-kaṣāya-dhiṣaṇo ’rjunaḥ

Arjuna's constant remembrance of the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna rapidly increased his devotion, and as a result all the trash in his thoughts subsided.

Srila Prabhupada has nicely explained in the purport to the above verse the result of such bad thoughts and ways to remove the same.

"Material desires in the mind are the trash of material contamination. By such contamination, the living being is faced with so many compatible and incompatible things that discourage the very existence of spiritual identity. Birth after birth the conditioned soul is entrapped with so many pleasing and displeasing elements, which are all false and temporary. They accumulate due to our reactions to material desires, but when we get in touch with the transcendental Lord in His variegated energies by devotional service, the naked forms of all material desires become manifest, and the intelligence of the living being is pacified in its true color. As soon as Arjuna turned his attention towards the instructions of the Lord, as they are inculcated in the Bhagavad Gita, his true color of eternal association with the Lord became manifest, and thus he felt freed from all material contaminations."

Since instructions from Bhagavad Gita is non-different from the Lord, we should resolve to meditate on at least one verse each day and by doing so we would be able to purify our thoughts.

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