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THE ART OF CONTROLLING THE MIND
This presentation is based on the Bhagavad Gita, As It Is, translated by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Founder Acharya – International Society for Krishna Consciousness
…some common facts
ALWAYS ON RISE Murder Violence Drug Addiction Rape Unemployment Corruption Mental stress Suicide Divorce
Steadily increasing every year.
Time magazine poll 1 st : crime 2 nd : lack of morality What are the main problems facing society today ?
U.S. prison population
Gun Sales in America
Murders A phenomenal 124% rise
Average number of reported rape cases in South Africa in a year 33,000
Before finishing school an average child watches 8,000 murders 100,000 acts of violence
Number of Drug users in European Union 7.4 million Number of serious drug addicts in European Union 1.8 million
US55 Canada45 Denmark40 US55 Canada45 Denmark40 No. of divorces per 100 marriages
Av. number of suicides in Japan every year 22,500 Approx. number of attempted suicides in US in a year 650,000
Are we really advancing in the right direction ?
Why is there so much chaos & confusion in society ?
With a pack of dogs in a room, how can we expect peace? Srila Prabhupada:
bandhur ätmätmanas tasya yenätmaivätmanä jitaù anätmanas tu çatrutve vartetätmaiva çatru-vat Krishna in Bhagavad-Gita 6.6
For he who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.
Madness Depression Dangerous Diseases Stress Hypertension Damage To Oneself, Family And Society Weakened Determination Lack Of Confidence Loss Of Trust Uncontrolled Mind WHAT CAN IT DO TO YOU ?
How can we expect peace & happiness ?
the solution to our problems: a controlled mind
Before understanding the MIND…...lets answer the most fundamental question
the most fundamental question… who am I ?
In the early years of the 20 th century, a scientist analyzed the constituents of the human body.
Total value of chemicals CALCIUM IRON PHOSPHORUS WATER CONTENT OTHER SUBSTANCES
$5.00 Total value of chemicals
are we just a bag of five dollars worth of chemicals ?
dehino smin yathä dehe kaumäraà yauvanaà jarä tathä dehäntara-präptir dhéras tatra na muhyati Bhagavad - gétä 2.13
a car cannot move even an inch without the driver similarly, a body cannot function WITHOUT ITS DRIVER, the soul
CHARIOT OF THE BODY 5 SENSES MIND INTELLIGENCE SOUL
Role of the MIND
Can the mind be our friend? Is a knife good or bad ?
In a surgeons hand : it can save a life !
In a murders hand, it can kill !!
Techniques for controlling the mind Step 1 Regulate the senses
Techniques for controlling the mind Step 2 Do not allow the senses to wander astray in any direction they want. Withdraw them from unhealthy engagements.
Engage the mind in hearing (reading) spiritual topics Step 3 Techniques for controlling the mind
Associate with spiritual people Step 3 Techniques for controlling the mind
Purify the senses Ceto darpana marjanam chanting (sacred sound)
Even if the mind is diverted, it will be forced to concentrate on the sound vibration Krsna. The recommended method for controlling the mind is loudly chanting and hearing Hare Krsna maha-mantra. It isnt necessary to withdraw the mind from everything; it will automatically be withdrawn, because it will be concentrated on the sound vibration.
benefits of a controlled mind Purified Senses Cool Mind Clear Intelligence Peace Concentration & Memory More Efficient
CHANT... HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE AND BE HAPPY!!