49. Listen to Heart – Don’t Allow the Distraction to Distract….
The mind is very fiddle in nature. It is never stable. It keeps on changing its place. It keeps on moving with different thoughts. The thoughts move in positive and negative direction. We need to control it and keep it always in positive vibrations. We have discussed few ways to control but we all need to practice. It can never happen in overnight as a wish. We need to ensure that we are not distracted by the worldly nature. For this we need to focus on Real from our heart. A simple rule to not get distracted is to ‘Listen to Heart….’
A distraction is something that takes your attention away from what you're supposed to be doing. Our mind is generally in agitated state of mind. Sometime we even find that our mind is in extreme agitation also. This prevents from concentrating which leads to distraction of our mind. Distraction divides and distorts our attention. It is due to lack of ability to pay attention. It could be due to novelty or attractiveness of something other than the object of attention. It could be due to internal and external sources. Sometimes distraction can also be a pleasant. If you're worried about your soccer practice tomorrow, watching a mindless action flick may be a welcome distraction that helps you relax. Is it not relaxing? Has anyone ever told you, "You're driving me to distraction"? When you're driven to distraction, you're so agitated you feel like you're going crazy. The word Distraction comes from the Latin dis-, "apart," and trahere, "drag." So distraction is when you're dragged away from your task or from your worriesOne needs to take interest in the topic. This helps to be focused and helps us to avoid distraction. The thoughts will keep coming and try to distract from the main topic as the mind is always in thinking process and is always agitated. Let the thoughts come and go as waves. You be focused and to be focused we need to take interest. Arjuna had focused the eye of the fish and as a result he was only and only able to see eye of the fish and not even the fish as a whole. We need to be positive in thoughts. I would like share below difference and similarity in thoughts and is up to us to decide if it is co-incidence in our life.
· CHURCH has 6 letters so does MOSQUE and TEMPLE.
· BIBLE has 5 letters so does QURAN and GEETA.
· LIFE has 4 letters so does DEAD.
· HATE has 4 letters, so does LOVE.
· ENEMIES have 7, so does FRIENDS.
· LYING has 5, so does TRUTH.
· HURT has 4, so does HEAL.
· BELOW have 5, so does ABOVE.
· CRY has 3 letters so does JOY.
· ANGER has 5 so does HAPPY.
· RIGHT has 5 so does WRONG.
· RICH has 4 so does POOR.
· KNOWLEDGE has 9 so does IGNORANCE.
· FAIL has 4 so does PASS.
· NEGATIVE has 8, so does POSITIVE.
· FAILURE has 7, so does SUCCESS.
I would like to remind all of you when the mobile phones were a pride for few and dream for others. Everyone could not afford to use a mobile. A person carrying or using a mobile phone was to be considered in the elite group of the society. Using a mobile was a symbol of a man rich financially. I would like to remind you all of a slogan “Kar Lo Duniya Mutthi Mein”. Yes, your thought is right; it reminds of a great person Late Dhiru Bhai Ambani. His target was to see a mobile set in everyones’ hand in our country. He was continuously working towards it. He used to believe that eaning money from business was not the only aim. Now I request you all to find a person who is not using a mobile set. It is really tough to find. He could do that as he did not allow any distraction to come on his way. Let us pay our tribute to the great leader Late Dhiru Bhai Ambani.
I would like to share some parts of life of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His focus was to spread the teachings of Bhagavad-Gita and work for Krishna Consciousness. This shows and teaches us to be focused and avoid distraction to distract us. The article is from ‘Biography of Srila Prabhupada’.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was born in 1896 in Calcutta, India. He first met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in Calcutta in 1922.Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a prominent devotional scholar and the founder of sixty-four branches of Gaudiya Mathas (Vedic institutes), liked this educated young man and convinced him to dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge in the Western world. Srila Prabhupada became his student, and eleven years later (1933) at Allahabad, he became his formally initiated disciple. At their first meeting, in 1922, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura requested Srila Prabhupada to broadcast Vedic knowledge through the English language. In the years that followed, Srila Prabhupada wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad-gita and in 1944, without assistance, started an English fortnightly magazine.
Recognizing Srila Prabhupada's philosophical learning and devotion, the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society honored him in 1947 with the title "Bhaktivedanta." In 1950, at the age of fifty-four, Srila Prabhupada retired from married life, and four years later he adopted the vanaprastha (retired) order to devote more time to his studies and writing. Srila Prabhupada traveled to the holy city of Vrndavana, where he lived in very humble circumstances in the historic medieval temple of Radha-Damodara. There he engaged for several years in deep study and writing. He accepted the renounced order of life (sannyasa) in 1959. At Radha-Damodara, Srila Prabhupada began work on his life's masterpiece: a multivolume translation and commentary on the 18,000-verse Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana). He also wrote Easy Journey to Other Planets. After publishing three volumes of Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada came to the United States, in 1965, to fulfill the mission of his spiritual master. Since that time, His Divine Grace has written over sixty volumes of authoritative translations, commentaries and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India.
In 1965, when he first arrived by freighter in New York City, Srila Prabhupada was practically penniless. It was after almost a year of great difficulty that he established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in July of 1966. Under his careful guidance, the Society has grew within a decade to a worldwide confederation of almost one hundred asramas, schools, temples, institutes and farm communities. In 1968, Srila Prabhupada created New Vrndavana, an experimental Vedic community in the hills of West Virginia. Inspired by the success of New Vrndavana, then a thriving farm community of more than one thousand acres, his students founded several similar communities in the United States and abroad. In 1972, His Divine Grace introduced the Vedic system of primary and secondary education in the West by founding the Gurukula School in Dallas, Texas. The school began with three children in 1972, and by the beginning of 1975 the enrollment had grown to one hundred fifty.
Srila Prabhupada also inspired the construction of a large international center at Sridhama Mayapur in West Bengal, India, which is also the site for a planned Institute of Vedic Studies. A similar project is the magnificent Krsna-Balarama Temple and International Guest House in Vrndavana, India. These are centers where Westerners can live to gain firsthand experience of Vedic culture. Srila Prabhupada's most significant contribution, however, is his books. Highly respected by the academic community for their authoritativeness, depth and clarity, they are used as standard textbooks in numerous college courses. His writings have been translated into eleven languages. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, established in 1972 exclusively to publish the works of His Divine Grace, has thus become the world's largest publisher of books in the field of Indian religion and philosophy.
In the last ten years of his life, in spite of his advanced age, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe twelve times on lecture tours that have took him to six continents. In spite of such a vigorous schedule, Srila Prabhupada continued to write prolifically. His writings constitute a veritable library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture.
Srila Prabhupada left us a veritable library of Vedic philosophy and culture. Highly respected by scholars for their authority, depth, and clarity, his books are used at colleges and universities around the world.
In Ch-2: Text-15: Krishna says to Arjuna, “O best among men (Arjuna), the person who is not disturbed by happiness and distress and is steady in both is certainly eligible for liberation”.
In Ch-6: Text-26: Krishna says to Arjuna, “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”.
In the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that he needs to learn to steady his mind if he wants to attain the state of yoga – union with God. Arjuna responds to this suggestion with despair, saying that it is impossible to control his restless mind. Krishna admits that it is very difficult to control the fickle mind, but he tells Arjuna that with daily practice and perseverance the mind will gradually become steady. It is through regular and consistent practice that we achieve a steady mind. We need to ensure that we don’t allow the distraction to distract our mind. It can only be ensured if our mind, intellect and soul co-ordinates together. We need to focus on our Karma and all the Karmas should be dedicated to the Lord.
All Glories to Lord Krishna & All His Loving Devotees….. Hari Bol……
Courtesy: Bhagavad-Gita As It Is (by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada ) , Srimad Bhagavad-Gita ( by A. Parthasarathy & www.gitadaily.com ) Chapter :2 Text 15 & Chapter :6 Text 26, www.google.com, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconditional_love, www.krishna.com, www.krishna.org, en.wikipedia.org, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distraction, http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/distraction, http://www.krishna.com/biography-srila-prabhupada