Sri Krishna Janmastami in Melbourne, Part 3: The Joys of Mind Control

janmastami kirtan:

The 2008 Krishna Janmastami festival is over. 10,000 guests visited the temple to celebrate the auspicious event. Lines of patient but excited pilgrims wound out the front gate and down the local streets for many blocks, such was their eagerness for a chance to see the beautiful forms of Sri Krishna.

To see some photos of the gorgeous temple inner sanctum, check back here in a day or so when all the pictures are posted.

You can also get to hear some of my kirtan recordings if you go here.

I led last night’s chanting from 7.00pm to 9.30pm as thousands filed through the gorgeously decorated Melbourne Hare Krishna temple in Albert Park. Somehow I mustered a lot of energy and sang to my heart’s content, experiencing profound joy. The kirtan melodies are still ringing in my ears.

It’s now 3.30 am Monday Morning. I caught 4 hours sleep and I’m about to perform some japa meditation (soft chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra) before returning to the kitchen to assist in cooking a celebratory feast in honour of the Birthday of my beloved guru Srila Prabhupada.

Meanwhile, here’s another archived blog from last year, brought forward for further consideration:

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
-Marcus Antonius (A.D. 86-161)

Yes, that’s spoken by none other than Mark Antony, the famous Roman politician. It’s quite a profound statement, especially for a politician.

I had a browse on the internet and found another quote that supported this idea, this time from an even more respected source:

“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
-Proverbs 23:7

These quotes got me thinking about the lessons I have learned over the years about the mind, from my favourite philosphical treatise, the Bhagavad-gita.

The mind, as we know, is the pivotal point and source of our thinking, feeling and desiring. The great philosphers of the past have pointed out that the mind can either be our friend or enemy.

To explain further: thoughts and contemplation often lead us to desire to put those thoughts into action. Those actions that lead to positive, peaceful, uplifting and productive interaction with this world, those living entities that share it with us, and ultimately with The Supreme, lead to happiness.

On the other hand, allowing destructive, selfish and degrading thoughts to fester in our mind invariably leads us to act in unfavourable ways, and thus suffer various misadventures.

samadhi:

The Bhagavad-gita points out:

“For him 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.”

If one allows an enemy to live close by, one will always be in anxiety; he can strike at any time. A healthy life’s ethos is to learn how to live a lifestyle based on cautious dealings with the mind. Mind control is a vital part of life. It is no less important than controlling our urge to eat too much food, controlling our bladder and bowels, controlling our urge to speak offensive words to others, or the urge to commit violent acts.

It all starts with the mind. Mind control is good. It is not that we try to control other’s minds. We must control OUR minds, and subdue the enemy within. One of the most joyful and productive methods is chanting the Great Mantra for Deliverance of the Mind: The Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.
Posted by Kurma on 25/8/08; 3:32:18 AM

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