If You Bring a Light, There is No Darkness

"You are hankering after happiness. That happiness, brahma-sukha, eternal happiness, you will get by practicing tapasya (austerities). So don't believe, don't make friendship with your restless mind. This is the instruction. Don't make friendship. Simply beat the mind with shoes and broomstick; otherwise cannot bring in control. And other alternative is kevalayā bhaktyā (unalloyed bhakti). So if you can engage your mind at the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, then it is possible. Sa vai manaḥ kṛṣṇa-padāravindayoḥ (SB 9.4.18). Then Kṛṣṇa will control. Kṛṣṇa means light. Darkness..., you are suffering in the darkness. So somehow or other if you bring a light, there is no darkness.

    kṛṣṇa-sūrya-sama; māyā haya andhakāra
    yāhāṅ kṛṣṇa, tāhāṅ nāhi māyāra adhikāra
    (CC Madhya 22.31)

("Kṛṣṇa is compared to sunshine, and māyā is compared to darkness. Wherever there is sunshine, there cannot be darkness.")

If you keep always within your mind Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet... You can see Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet, Deity, Baladeva, Balarāma, how He is nicely standing. You can see the nice lotus feet. Don't try to see the face all of a sudden. Try, practice to see the lotus feet constantly. Sa vai manaḥ kṛṣṇa-padāra... This is a chance. This temple means to practice how to think of Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet, Balarāma's lotus feet, always. Man-manā bhava mad-bhaktaḥ (BG 18.65). Immediately you become bhakta. And as soon as you become a bhakta, kecit kevalayā bhaktyā vāsudeva-parāyaṇāḥ, dhunvanti aghaṁ kṛtsnam (SB 6.1.15): all kinds of disturbances will be subsided."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Vrindavan, November 25, 1976)

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