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NATURE OF THE MIND
The mind (which is part of the subtle body) plays a major role in causing misery to the living being conditioned in material existence. So it is very important to know how the mind functions, its nature, its behaviour, and the method of controlling it, in order to utilize it positively.
THE JUMPING MONKEY
The mind is sometimes compared to a monkey that jumps from one branch to another. The mind never stays stable on one object. It has a nature of thinking about one object at one time and to think of another at the next moment. The mind is also sometimes compared to a child who is very restless and mischievous. Everyone is torn apart completely in trying to satisfy the demands of the mind. The mind is not satiated no matter how many of its desires you try to fulfill. The mind is similar to an unchaste prostitute who wears different color dresses at different times to attract different types of men. Similarly, an uncontrolled mind completely ruins a person.
Even a great personality like Arjuna frankly admitted that the mind is very difficult to control. In the Bhagavad-gita(B.G.6.34) Arjuna says:
chancalam hi manah krsna, pramathi balavad drdham
tasyaham nigraham manye vayor iva suduskaram
"The mind is restless, turbulent, obstinate and very strong, O Krishna, and to subdue it, I think it is more difficult than controlling the wind."
Arjuna was such an expert warrior that he thought it could have been possible for him to control the wind with weapons, but in his battle against the mind he felt he had no hope.