Cancalam hi manah Krishna

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The living entity, or the Jivatma, being in the conditioned state since time immemorial, transmigrates from one species of life to the other, reaping the fruits of their good or bad activities. When the jiva thus passing from one body to another receives the body of a human being, it is given a chance to overcome this cycle of birth and death by taking to Krishna Consciousness. But due to the three modes of material nature which rule over this material world, the living entity driven by the propensity to enjoy, or to lord it over as Srila Prabhupad explains it, gets entangled in this material world. The Living entity being covered by the three modes of material nature, namely Goodness, passion and ignorance, engages in Karmic activities thus entangling itself even further in this net, ensuring for itself prolonged entanglement in this material world, which is full of miseries. Because of the covering of the five gross elements and the three subtle elements, which are the mind, the intelligence and the false ego, the living entity starts recognizing itself as the body, thus becoming forgetful about the eternal nature of the soul, being sat cid anand and forgetting its relationship with the supreme personality of godhead. Being thus forgetful of its real self, the living entity, engaged in satisfying the senses, forgets about the actual purpose of this Human life. However, even a moment’s association with a pure devotee of the Lord, can deliver the most fallen conditioned soul, and such a fortunate soul who receives the mercy of such a pure devotee takes to the path of spiritual life thus setting foot on the path that leads one back to the spiritual world. The living entity, thus having found the real purpose of life, starts to engage in the service of the Lord under the instruction of a spiritual master, chanting the holy names of the Lord with great faith and devotion, serving the deity in the temple, excepting Krishna Prasad and hearing from self realized senior Vaishnavas. Specially in this Kali Yuga, all the living entities taking to this Krishna Consciousness are specially favoured by the must munificent Lord Gauranga, who has distributed this love of God freely to all, not taking into consideration of whether one is qualified or not. But as it is stated in the Upadeshamrita by Srila Rupa Goswami, on the path of Bhakti one must be patient and determined, for it is a gradual process. And this path is not free of difficulties, for the Goal is not one which is easily achieved. Despite all the mercy that we receive from Guru Gauranga and Krishna, there are certain obstacles which we have to face, in order to make advancement in Spiritual Life. And although in this Kaliyuga the Holy names of the lord are the only solace for the living entity burning in the fire of material existence and mahaprabhu has mercifully not ordained any rules and regulations for the chanting of the holy names, which are invested with all the potency of the lord, the jiva, due to its fallen condition does not have any attraction towards these Holy names which are non-different from the Lord himself. Any Jivatma on this path of devotion can very nicely relate to the difficulties posed due to our covering of the mind, intelligence and False ego. As Arjun says in the Bhagwat Gita:
Cancalam hi manah Krsna
pramathi balavad drdham
tasyaham nigraham manye
vayor iva su-duskaram
The mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it, I think, is more difficult than controlling the wind.
Similarly it is said that the mind can be one’s best friend or worst enemy, and as long as one is not Krishna Conscious, the mind tends to be the worst enemy of the living entity, thus inflicting much distress upon the living entity. Despite all these difficulties the staunch devotee, following the example of other senior devotees, rises early in the morning to chant the all purifying holy names of the Lord; Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Ram Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare. After performing sadhana bhakti in this way in the association of the devotees, one can eventually control the mind and fix it at the lotus feet of Sri Krishna, and make ones life successful.