Mind is Turbulent like a storm, how to control such a mind?
In a conversation with an Andhra visitor,
Sri Bhagavan quoted:
Asamsayam mahabaho mano durnigraham chalam
Abhyasena tu kaunteya vairagyena cha grihyate
Bhagavad Gita, Ch. VI, 35
Without doubt, O mighty-armed Hero, the mind is restless, hard to curb.
Yet by constant effort, Partha, matched with detachment – curbed it is.
To explain vairagya Sri Bhagavan again quoted:
Sankalpaprabhavan kamams tyaktva sarvan aseshatah
Manasaivendriyagramam viniyamya samantatah
Bhagavad Gita, Ch. VI, 24
Having cast out without remains all longing born of thought for self,
Having drawn in by mind alone his team of senses from all sides…..
As for practice (abhyasa):
Sanaissanairuparamet buddhya dhritigrihitaya
Atmasamstham manah kritva na kinchidapi chintayet
Bhagavad Gita, Ch. VI, 25
By slow approaches let him come to rest, with patient, rock-poised Will;
His mind at home in Selfhood pure, Let him create no thought at all.
Again for jnana:
Yato yato nischarati manas chanchalam asthiram
Tatastato niyamyaitad atmanyeva vasam nayet
Bhagavad Gita, Ch. VI, 26
Though over and over the fickle mind, all restlessness, goes wandering,
Still over and over let it regain control, and poise it back in Self.
Talks With Ramana Maharshi
27th March, 1937 – Talk 378.