Que : How to do mind management according to Bhagavad Gita?
Thanks for asking this question.
The teachings of Bhagavad Gita are certainly very helpful to regulate the mind’s activities.
One needs to devote some time everyday by serving, reading about Lord Krishna’s glorious acts, chanting His Holy names (Hare Krishna Mahamantra).
This helps to perform other duties in a balanced way.
It is a matter of practice, which Lord Krishna recommends to Arjuna in BG 6.35
By constant practice and detachment, one can regulate the mind.
In this way one can do mind management.
The devotee can constantly think of the object of worship, the Supreme Lord, in any of His features — Narayana, Krishna, Rama, etc. — by chanting Hare Krishna. This practice will purify him, and at the end of his life, due to his constant chanting, he will be transferred to the kingdom of God. Yoga practice is meditation on the Supersoul within; similarly, by chanting Hare Krishna one fixes his mind always on the Supreme Lord. The mind is fickle, and therefore it is necessary to engage the mind by force to think of Krishna. One example often given is that of the caterpillar that thinks of becoming a butterfly and so is transformed into a butterfly in the same life. Similarly, if we constantly think of Krishna, it is certain that at the end of our lives we shall have the same bodily constitution as Krishna
Q. I have ocd, so I cannot stop myself from having unwanted bad thoughts. Can God forgive me for this unwanted mental sin? Please suggest what to do?
A. God helps them, those who help themselves.
It may happen because of previous conditionings.
Try to become more determined by taking shelter of the Supreme Lord.
Avoid staying awake in the night and surfing the net.
Best is to switch off everything by 9:00 – 9:30 pm
Take proper rest.
Do not mix with those people, who are also having such difficulties.
Read Holy Gita to make your mind more stronger.
Remember, intelligence is higher than the mind and soul is higher than the intelligence.
If you become more determined, you shall be able to overcome it.
If you need any help, please send email.
I hope this helps you.
Q. Thanks for the support. I shall be determined to overcome those thoughts. My mother said mental sin is not sin in Kali-yuga. But is this Kali-yuga or we are in Dwapara-yuga because if Kali-yuga is 1200 years long then we had already crossed it. Again Kali-yuga as 432000 long is also proposed. Which one to believe please clarify.
Furthermore if I want complete sharanagati to Lord Krishna what are the steps please tell me.
I do japa of mahamantra 108 times or more daily, is it ok? or I have to increase the time?
A. Yes, in Kali-yuga, mental sin is not considered.
However, one should be determined to keep mind busy with higher thoughts.
Otherwise, mind may drag back to the previous conditioning. And those thoughts may come back to the gross level.
According to Srimad Bhagavatam, Kali-yuga lasts for 4,32,000 years.
Of which only 5,000 years have passed.
Complete Sharanagati to the Lord comes from the heart.
From heart, if you pray to the Lord, He shall certainly help you and protect you in all circumstances.
In one sense everything belongs to the Supreme Lord.
One needs to remember this all times.
If you offer whatever in your possession, to the Supreme Lord, in your heart, you shall achieve complete sharanagati very quickly.
Also, one should make special efforts to offer fruits, flower and nice foodstuffs to the Supreme Lord.
If you are chanting 108 times, it is good.
Please try to chant more attentively.
If you wish to chant more, it is all right, but do not reduce your chanting.
While chanting, the quality of chanting is important.
One should try to chant in complete dependence of the Supreme Lord.
I hope this helps you.
Q. I cannot control my thoughts. Can Krishna forgive me for having bad
thoughts? What to do to get His forgiveness? I maintain fasting every
Ekadashi as Prabhu says it burns all sins. I want to be spiritual and a good
person, What to do? Please suggest.
A. The nature of the mind is to think.
Thoughts may come and try to overpower, but you should not get carried away.
Keep yourself busy with positive activities.
Lord says in Bhagavad Gita, “Even if someone has committed most sinful action, if he /she is engaged in His devotional service. That person is considered to be saintly.”
If you want to become free from certain difficulties, then help others who are suffering from such difficulties.
Try to create awareness of living a simple and pure life.
It shall help others and you personally.
Try to become positive in all aspects.
You have not lost the battle.
Take complete shelter of the Supreme Lord.
There is nothing impossible for Him.
He is like Sun, wherever there is Sun, darkness cannot remain there.
Whenever such thoughts come, continue chanting little loudly.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare