It is of utmost importance for the devotees to befriend the mind and positively engage the mind in thoughts of the Lord, for the mind can either be one’s best friend or worst enemy, depending on what thoughts one cultivates in the mind. In order to make progress on the path of Spiritual realisation, it is essential to ensure that the mind is made a friend and not an enemy. In order to accomplish this tremendously difficult task, the various acharyas in our Sampradaya have given numerous instructions to guide the Sadhakas. Sri Govinda das, a close associate of Sri Sachinandan Gaurahari, composed a beautiful bhajan that addresses the mind and requests the mind to worship the lotus feet of Sri Nanda-nandan. The bhajan, which is very well known and appreciated by the vaishnavas, goes as follows:
bhajahū re mana śrī-nanda-nandana
durlabha mānava-janama sat-sańge
taroho e bhava-sindhu re
O mind just worship the lotus feet of the son of Nanda, which make one fearless. Having obtained this rare human birth, cross over this ocean of worldly existence through the association of saintly persons.
śīta ātapa bāta bariṣaṇa
e dina jāminī jāgi re
biphale sevinu kṛpaṇa durajana
capala sukha-laba lāgi’ re
Both in the day and at night I remain sleepless, suffering the pains of the heat and cold, the wind and the rain. For a fraction of flickering happiness I have uselessly served wicked and miserly men.
e dhana, yaubana, putra, parijana
ithe ki āche paratīti re
kamala-dala-jala, jīvana ṭalamala
bhajahū hari-pada nīti re
What assurance of real happiness is there in all of one’s wealth, youthfulness, sons, and family members? This life is tottering like a drop of water on a lotus petal; therefore you should always serve and worship the divine feet of Lord Hari.
śravaṇa, kīrtana, smaraṇa, vandana,
pāda-sevana, dāsya re
pūjana, sakhī-jana, ātma-nivedana
It is the desire and great longing of Govinda Dasa to engage himself in the nine processes of bhakti, namely hearing the glories of Lord Hari and chanting those glories, constantly remembering Him and offering prayers to Him, serving the Lord’s lotus feet, serving the Supreme Lord as a servant, worshiping Him with flowers and incense and so forth, serving Him as a friend, and completely offering the Lord one’s very self.