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Our subtle body has three main constituents i.e mind, ego, intelligence. The subtle mind can take the soul out of the body and if the soul reenters the body then the person is alive otherwise if the soul does not enter the body then the body is dead. We often experience it during dreams when we reach unknown regions and meet unknown persons. Sometimes we feel flying during a dream. The body kept sleeping but mind travel unknown regions during sleep. The mind is very powerful and can cross seven seas in just a few seconds. It is difficult to subdue and along with senses has the power to deviate a person from his resolutions. However hard one may try it does not listen and comply. If someone tries to catch it, it breaks all the ways and means to control it.  It can be tamed with practice and giving it a better alternative such as devotion to God and reading spiritual literature, listening to spiritual discourses and sermons, and watching spiritual videos. We have to keep our consciousness engaged in spiritual thoughts. We have to give no opportunity to mind to disengage us from the path of self-realization. The mind is above senses and senses are above dull matter. The mind should be kept busy in spiritual duties, spiritual studies, and worship of God. It has the power to control our senses. Bhagavad-Gita stresses on the need to control mind for elevation in spiritual life. Mind is naughty, not obedient, cruel.


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Demigods, men, saints have tried to control it but it is not that easy piece of cake to eat.  Those who have initiated as a disciple to a spiritual master have the power to control the mind with devotion to God and spiritual Master. God is which should be worshipped and the spiritual master is worshiper God who worships God. The mind is powerful but at the same time, spiritual master has immense power to defeat it.

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The sacred mantra given by the spiritual master at the time of initiation should be recited daily as this mantra has the power to control the mind. The recitation of sacred mantra, meditation, and selfless service are the devices to control the mind. The spiritual master teaches us how to recite a sacred mantra. We have to follow and obey instructions given by the spiritual master. Mind comes under our control by the constant recitation of sacred mantra provided by the spiritual master and serving a spiritual master.

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The mind is just like wax. We do not understand that man still complain that his mind does not contemplate on godly thoughts. You can melt wax in any shape. Now it is up to you whether you want to put worldly thoughts on the mind or godly thoughts on the mind. Do you want the company of saints or you are happy with people indulged in material sense gratification? The mind will take the desired form just like melted wax takes shape as per mould. 

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If the mind comes under the effect of material energy then it will drag the soul to 84,00,000 different species of life. On the other hand, if the mind comes under the effects of spiritual knowledge then it will bring the soul closer to its target of reaching the abode of God and gets liberated from the cycle of birth and death.

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The candle burns itself and destroys darkness. Similarly, if the mind gets absorbed in devotional service to God and spiritual master with appropriate means as instructed by spiritual master then fickleness of mind as per waves of coming and going thoughts, oaths, and options will cease to exists and brightness of knowledge originate in the heart of human being.  Mind is called under control if we somehow cease the process of constant flow of thoughts in mind. Why can't we acquire the habit of devotional service of God and spiritual master which has the power to save us from suffering from taking birth in 84,00,000 different species of life?

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When the mind is considered dead?

When both of thoughts bad or good stops originating in it. A bad thought is a chain of iron and good thought is a chain of gold. Both chains are not good for the living entity and kept him a slave of material energy and forced him to take birth again and again and remained entangled in the cycle of birth and death. We have to stop the flow of thoughts in our minds. 

Thanks for reading the blog.

Pankaj Mannan

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