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User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-11-02 13:48:00
Nityananda, Gauranga, Hare Krishna.
It is interesting you mention that now many people identify with the mind and that brings a whole new set of problems to development of faith. I have found this very much ,personally. Slowly over time, through chanting and gaining more insight that we are not these subtle and gross bodies, I am coming to the understanding of the importance of surrender to Swami Gaurangapada"s teachings.
Birth after birth I have identified with the mind ,and due to this false ego, thought that I could figure out all I needed. Just recently I have had the realisation that this is not the case ,and infact only leads to more confusion ,doubts and suffering. The mind can be a centre for suffering ,or in contrast a place to relish bliss in thinking of
beautiful GaurangaKrishna. I guess realising the true ego of service to the Lord can bring this lasting peace we all crave. Therefore I pray to surrender more.
On a personal level ,I have lived with a health condition for ten years which was highlighted by identification with the mind and body. I have found that slowly over the last years, chanting about, hearing about, and remembering the Lord, and understanding that I am not this mind/body but spirit soul has caused much peace and detachment.
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!
Nava Gauranga dasa