Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Do we get reactions for bad thoughts in the mind? Radhanath Swami says…

By on September 15, 2010 in Life with 12 Comments

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Question to Radhanath Swami: I understand that all the actions that we perform will give back a reaction. But what about the thoughts in our mind? What about the bad thoughts that we don’t act upon?

Radhanath Swami: According to the scriptures, in the time spans Satya yuga, Treta yuga and Dwapara yuga, humans were karmically responsible for every thought. This was because people had much power over their minds in those ages. But in the current age, Kaliyuga, the mind is like a hurricane. It’s very difficult to control the desires and thoughts that come to our mind. Therefore we are not karmically responsible for our thoughts. However, we are karmically responsible for our words and actions.

We always have the free will to contemplate on either good thoughts or bad thoughts. If we contemplate on bad thoughts, selfish egoistic thoughts, the mind will force us, impel us to speak and act accordingly in due course of time. When those thoughts and desires appear within our minds, we must neglect them by our intelligence, and we must choose to focus our mind on God. Then we can overcome those negative thoughts. And the easiest way to fix our mind on God whenever a bad thought comes, is to take shelter of God’s holy names.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Ram Ram Ram Hare Hare.

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