Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

During meditation, the mind wanders here and there. What to do?

By on September 15, 2010 in Life with 49 Comments

Out-of-Contol ChildQuestion to Radhanath Swami: During meditation, the mind wanders here and there. What to do?

Radhanath Swami: Krishna explains in Gita, “From wherever the mind wanders due to its flickering and unsteady nature, one must certainly withdraw it and bring it back under the control of the self.”

The mind is a small child. The nature of small children is to get into trouble. One of my friends was telling me about his little child who has just learnt to run around. So he and his wife try to keep everything safe in the room. They get soft toys for the child to play with, and so many nice little soft beds for the child to lie in. Still, one day as they came in the room, they found the child playing with a little razor blade.  How did he find that little razor blade? Why did he choose that razor blade out of all the dozens and dozens of nice things in the room? Because that’s the nature of the child. Many automobile manufacturers now make rear windows that go down just half the way, because so many little children just jump off the window from the moving car. There are so many nice things in the car, but the child chooses to jump off the window! So the nature of the mother is, wherever the child runs, whatever dangerous situation it gets into, she keeps bringing it back to safety.

Our intelligence is like the mother and the mind is like the child. Therefore the intelligence has to keep bringing the mind back. Suppose we are mediating on the holy names, it is the safest situation. Bhakti Vinod Thakur, a saint of the 19th century says, “I have seen and considered the whole fourteen worlds of the universe, and my conclusion is that the safest place is wherever there is chanting of the Holy Names.” But when we sit to chant, the mind leaves that safety. But we shouldn’t be discouraged. Using the intelligence, we have to bring the mind back.

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  • Parag Udeshi

    What a beautiful thought to have the mind controlled.

  • Sumit

    Very nice thought by Radhanath Swami. We can surely make great progress if we simply understand the point which he is trying to tell us.

  • Sheetal Maheshwari

    Excellent Analogy used to explain the nature of the mind. The mind can thus be controlled if the intelligence is always sharpened by the divine asscociation of saints like Radhanath Swami.

  • anjanadri

    Great article by Radhanath swami. Thank you very much for sharing this nectar of Radhanath swami.

    Suppose we are mediating on the holy names, it is the safest situation. Bhakti Vinod Thakur, a saint of the 19th century says, “I have seen and considered the whole fourteen worlds of the universe, and my conclusion is that the safest place is wherever there is chanting of the Holy Names.” But when we sit to chant, the mind leaves that safety. But we shouldn’t be discouraged. Using the intelligence, we have to bring the mind back.

  • hrishikesh mafatlal

    This is a sublime explanation and advice on the most difficult subject matter of controlling the wavering mind.

  • krishang

    wonderful,thank you

  • naresh Jethwa

    Wonderful explanation to control the mind with such a wonderful example.

  • saurabh

    Yes this is very nice when we take care our mind like a mother for a child by constantly bringing it back to holy name, we ll be able to control it.

  • Swapnil

    Excellent and appropriate analogy. Thanks a lot Radhanath Swami

  • Amol

    Mind control is so vital for us today, thank you Radhanath Swami

  • suresh kanakraj

    nice analogy to ponder over the subject if one wants to control his mind.

  • Shyam Bihari Das

    The mind is our biggest challenge to our spiritual progress. Once we control this, we can control all our senses. Maharaj has very clearly described how with out intelligence, we can bring the mind back under control each time it strays. Hari Bol!

  • Dr Yuvaraj J Bhosale

    Our intelligence is like the mother and the mind is like the child.

  • Y.Raja Shekar

    its a conatant struggle to bring back the mind from wandering. But Radhanath Swami gives simple conclusive solution based on Bhagavad Gita. As Radhanath Swami said elsewhere, to bring back the mind, we need constant association of those who are doing it. We can bring our mind under control from wandering by stopping our wanderings and associating with all kinds of material allurements and look to hear and associate with saintly people like Radhanath Swami.

  • Wonderful way of putting how mind wanders and what one needs to do get the troublesome mind back to track 🙂

  • Sumit

    Thank you very much Radhanath Swami for clarifying things for chanting the Holyname sincerely.

  • Shra1wiz

    Please bless us Radhanath Swami, that at least from tomorrow, we can try hard to bring our mind back to the chanting of the holy names, whenever we chant!

  • mona

    one of the most difficult things to do is the control of the mind.Thank u Maharaj for such a lovely analogy

  • Vidya Patham

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for giving such a practical analogy which is close to our heart by which we will be able to remember to control our mind.

  • vaishali

    our intelligence is like mother and child is like mind. ………wonderful article. thank u.

  • mahesh kohale

    in chanting realy mind goes here n there , thank u mhrj to remind us to bring mind back to hear

  • All the explanations of H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj are so wonderful. Any one can understand.

  • Anoop Goyal

    Thank you for Radahanath Swami Maharaja for sharing how to control the mind

  • rajendra desai

    excellent answer , surely will try to use this method thank u very much HHRNM

  • Shraddha Jain

    Such a nice analogy. Simple & easy to understand as well as to apply in our life. Radhanath Swami is simple & therefore his answers are also very simple.
    Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  • M Pandu Rangayya shetty

    Wonderful explanation of the nature of the mind. Intelligence is to be used to bring the mid back. Really very wonderful analogy of a child and mother. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

  • Preeti

    In such a detail deep understanding is given in the the analogy here. this is the most important part of our practicing in devotional service. we have to understand what lesson Maharaj really wants us learn

  • Preeti

    In such a detail deep understanding is given in the the analogy here. this is the most important part of our practicing in devotional service. we have to understand what lesson Maharaj really wants us learn

  • Preeti

    In such a detail deep understanding is given in the the analogy here. this is the most important part of our practicing in devotional service. we have to understand what lesson Maharaj really wants us learn

  • veena bangera

    When we chant, and the mind goes astray, we should use our intelligence and bring our mind back. Thanks for the advice Maharaj.

  • Ram Mahtani

    What a practical and profound explaination of how to control the MIND.

  • Servant

    Very nicely explained the need and solution for the wandering mind during meditation by His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Vibhu Goel

    Amazing analogy of child and mother with mind and intelligence helps us that mind control is so necessary for us just like a mother for a child. Thank you Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Wonderful explanation.

    It’s really practical, I try to implement.

    All glories to HH Radhanath swami.

    Thanks for sharing us.

  • mona

    so beautifully explained

  • Sunny

    Just like children our mind is always up to do dangerous things and we have to be always careful – very wonderfully explained by Radhanath Swami

  • Chandrika

    Thank you for posting this wonderful article.

  • Citra Gopi DD

    Wonderful!

  • Rajaruban

    Fantastic answer.

  • VP Singam

    Great answer.

  • meghana

    Thank you Radahanath Swami for sharing how to control the mind.

  • Sunny Hinduja

    Wonderful!!!!

  • surekha

    Thank you Radhanath swami for such a wonderful answer for controlling the mind using intelligence.

  • Harsha

    Mind as child and mother as intelligence is very useful comparission. Thank u

  • Vidya Patham

    Amazing explanation. Thank you Maharaj for this article on how to bring back the mind whenever it wanders.

  • Wonderful!!!!

  • Jaswanthi

    Thank u Maharaj for giving a wounderful speech for us. Even I faced this problem when sit for chanting. Defnitely this would help the people who facing this kind of problem…..

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    True! Our mind wanders the most when we try to meditate, but we should not lose hope and continue to bring our mind back towards chanting the holy names of the Lord.

  • KRISHNA PRABHA Yasu

    Hare krishna maharaj
    Yesterday in temple my mom and I were chanting mantra by then one mataji asked us whether we were following all vishnavas rules we said yes from past six to seven months we have avoiled eating garlic and onion wearing tulasi.so she was pleased and allowed to do seva.my mom left eating rice past from 14yrs and chanting from 14yrs not taken deeksha.
    We stared cutting fruits all the chanting suddenly one mataji came and saw our new faces and shouted at us for taking her duty and asked many times weather we were following all the rules despite of telling that we are …
    I felt very bad for her behavior I said nothing but simply walked away thanking lord for making me to peel just 2 water melons.
    But maharaj today I could not concentrate on my chanting which never happened.I chant mantra in the early morning 4.am after harathi.
    But feeling better after posting to you I did not open my views to my family members
    Now I want to know why why why am I feeling so disturbed for small incident why am I unable to remove incident from my mind please help me maharaj.
    Let my life know how to reach my devadideva.

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