Monday, July 29, 2013

Art of Harnessing the Mind Power – a seminar by Iskcon Kolkata

A cool, calm, composed and controlled mind is everyone’s desire but most of us fail to harness the true potential of our mind. Many of us constantly get agitated by the unwarranted dictum of our mind which makes our life chaotic. People mostly commit suicide not because of any physical reason but only because of mental miseries.
Understanding the necessity of the time Iskcon has been conducting various workshops and seminars all over the world educating people as how to channelize the mind’s true potential and helping them to lead a healthy and happy life.  One of the senior sannyasis of Iskcon, HH Radhanath Swami, is being frequently invited by leading multinational companies like Google, Microsoft, HSBC Bank, Apple, universities like Oxford, IIT, MIT, Standford to speak of these important subject matters. He was recently invited to address the British Parliamentarians. As part of this initiative Iskcon Kolkata organized a seminar on the topic Art of Harnessing Mind Power on 27th & 28th July. It was attended by many working professionals.  The speaker was Sankirtan Anand Das, a senior monk at Iskcon Kolkata.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Unravel Mind's true potential

A piece of paper may lie entire day in the sun without getting affected. But if we divert all the rays of the sun through a magnifying glass on a particular spot of the paper then the paper after sometime starts burning. This is the power of being focused. Our mind too has the potential to ignite our life. And this can happen if we utilize our mind to its full potential.
It is verily said - our mind can be our best friend when controlled and can also be our fiercest enemy when it is 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 (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 (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 we can lead a very happy, successful and meaningful life.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Have we forgotten the key?

After returning back from a day’s hard work all the 4 friend’s found that the lift of the building is not working.  Their flat was on the 29th floor and they lived together. Now they had no option but to climb the stairs. They decided that to make the journey painless all of them will tell a story on the way. So, everyone told a story to keep others amused & happy.  When the turn of the last friend came to tell a story they had almost reached 28th floor & were eagerly waiting to reach their flat & relax.  The 4th friend was not sharing his story. After a long pause he said, “I have something very serious to tell you all but i fear that i will be chided. Unfortunately i forgot the key of the room downstairs.”  All the friends were shocked and were speechless.

During our life’s journey while climbing the ladder of success we also tend to forgot the key – the key to ultimate happiness.  Material position & possessions will not bring permanent happiness; at the most it will give us a temporary relief from humdrum life. The surest & permanent path to happiness is by leading a God centered life.  Krishna too confirms in Bhagavad – Gita that leading a spiritual life is a guarantee of unlimited happiness (Bhagavad – Gita 5.21).

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Our desires are more important than circumstances

There were 4 friends who used to be always engaged in practicing devotional life. One day they all decided to know the secret of their attraction & attachment for Krishna. Among the 4, one was a celibate, another a widower and the other 2 were householders. Each of them spoke about their motivation.

The 1st friend who was a celibate (brahmachary) said, “Since I am unmarried and do not have to bother about any material responsibilities so I try to utilize each moment of my life in practicing devotional life”.

The 2nd friend who was a widower said, “Due to the will of the providence, I lost my wife and am all alone now. I came to understand that all relationships of this world are temporary. We can only have permanent relationship with Krishna and his devotees. So, I try to best utilize my time in reviving that relationship with Krishna.”

The 3rd friend said, “I am married but my life is very miserable. My wife is very quarrelsome and arrogant. She has made my life hell. The only solace I get when I chant the names of Krishna and associate with the devotees. So, I try my best to remain engaged in devotional life.”

The 4th friend said, “I am also married but my wife is too good and a devotee of the Lord. She takes care of everything very nicely and at my home there is always a devotional atmosphere. Because of the cooperation of my wife, I am able to spend most of my time in practicing devotional life.”

All the 4 friends were in different situations and circumstances but every one of them practiced devotional life with great zeal and determination.

The above story illustrates one thing - We can have hundreds of excuses for not practicing devotional life & we can also have hundreds of reasons for practicing it. Everything depends on us. If we are really serious about engaging in devotional life then Krishna will give us intelligence to do so, “To those who are constantly devoted to serving Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me (Bhagavad Gita 10.10)”. Or else we can always give justification for not practicing devotional life. The choice is always ours!