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Absorb Your Mind and Heart in Me

Damodar Lila
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Now we will speak on the first part of this verse,  man-mana bhava: “Absorb your mind and heart in Me.“ This is not a simple thing. If we want to absorb the mind in any one activity, we must fix our eyes, ears, nose and all our senses on it. If the mind cannot concentrate on something, it is more or less uncontrolled.
Sometimes our mind is contemplating sense enjoyment, and sometimes we think about Krishna. This is the conditioned state. The highest form of worship is to absorb the mind fully in the lotus feet of Bhagavan. But when will this be possible?

In the beginning stage of sraddha (faith), it is not possible to absorb the mind and heart in Krishna. Even at the stage of ruci (taste), it is still not possible. Only after this can we really begin to give our heart. In the stage of asakti (spiritual attachment), we can give perhaps one-half of our heart to Krishna.  In the stage of bhava or devotional ecstasy maybe we can give three-quarters of our heart to Him, and at the stage of prema, or fully developed, transcendental love, we can fully give our hearts to Krishna.

Extract From Book - The Essence of Bhagavad Gita – By Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja

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