A piece of paper may lie entire day in the sun but will not burn. But if we focus all the rays of the sun through a magnifying glass on a particular spot of the paper then the paper soon starts burning. This is the power of being focused. Our mind too has the potential to ignite our life but this can happen only if our mind is totally focused.
It is verily said – our mind is our best friend when controlled and fiercest enemy when uncontrolled. As a human being we are far more superior to non-humans. And one of the primary reasons is that we humans have the ability to utilize our mind for our own benefits. Animals basically work as per their instincts without bothering (or thinking) about pros and cons. But as humans we have the divine gift of harnessing the power of mind to its full potential.
But unfortunately most of us fail to capture the tremendous potential of our mind and thus get destined to lead a below par life. Many people struggle with life because of their uncontrolled mind. A drunkard or a smoker or even a criminal knows what is right and wrong but still they indulge in such nefarious acts. The reason is their inability to say ‘no’ to the demands of their unchaste mind. If we have a cool, calm, composed and controlled mind then in spite of provoking situations or circumstances we will not panic. We will not just remain undisturbed in trying circumstances but can convert those challenging situations to our own advantage.
A controlled mind is everyone’s desire but it’s not easy to achieve. Arjuna, the powerful warrior, admitted it to Krishna when he said that it is easy to control the wind than to control the mind. “For the mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it, I think, is more difficult than controlling the wind” (Bhagavad – Gita 6.34). We have seen people going berserk because of their disturbed mind.
Lord Krishna admits that controlling mind is not easy but assures Arjuna that it is possible to do so through practice and detachment. Lord Sri Krishna said: “O mighty-armed son of Kunti, it is undoubtedly very difficult to curb the restless mind, but it is possible by suitable practice and by detachment.” Bhagavad – Gita 6.35.
We should detach ourselves from the activities which pollutes and disturbs our mind. And we should engage ourselves in those activities which detoxifies our mind like chanting the holy name of the God like the Hare Krishna Mahamantra. Once we gain control over our mind then our mind becomes our best friend and we can then lead a very happy, successful and meaningful life.
By Purushottam Kumar