“For one who has conquered the mind, the Supersoul is already reached, for he has attained tranquillity. To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same.”
According to everyone’s intrinsic spiritual nature, every living entity is meant to act according to the superior dictation of the Supersoul (Parmatma), the Supreme Personality of Godhead, resting in the heart. However when one’s consciousness becomes clouded by the fog of material desires and the jiva consequently becomes entangled in the pursuit of attaining them…one loses the ability to follow Parmatma’s dictation. Srila Prabhupada writes in the commentary to this sloka,
“When one’s mind is ﬁxed on the superior nature, he has no alternative but to follow the dictation of the Supreme. The mind must admit some superior dictation and follow it. The effect of controlling the mind is that one automatically follows the dictation of the Paramātmā, or Supersoul.”
This Parmatma is none other than Sri Virabhadra Gosai, Nitai’s beloved son, nondifferent from Kshirodakashayi Vishnu.
sankarshanasya yo vyuhah payobdhi-shayi-namakah sa eva virabhadro (Gaur Ganoddesha Dipika)
“The expansion of Sankarshan who sleeps on the ocean of milk, Kshirodakashayi Vishnu, has become Virabhadra.”
We are in anxiety because we have lost contact with Him. He is observing us at all times, but we are not abiding to His superior authority. This is the cause of our bewilderment and material anguish. The way we can relinquish our connection with Virchandra Prabhu (Parmatma) is by controlling our mind and making it our friend. It is only possible to hear the instructions of the Supersoul in a pure state of consciousness.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna has explained to Arjun that when uncontrolled, our mind is our greatest enemy. Unless we can somehow engage it in the remembrance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead…as Krishna Himself orders us to do so (man-mana bhava mad-bhakto), our mind will always remain an enemy and nothing else. The nature of an enemy is that they are always bent on inflicting some harm upon us or causing some kind of disturbance. Just as the enemy is ever prepared to cause some serious harm, the mind is constantly engaged in dragging our consciousness to things which will hopelessly entangle us more and more in the dreadful nooses of material life. This condition is described appropriately by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur:
sri krishna bhajite, nahi cahe mati
vishaya bhogete prabala asakti
viṣayer asa nahi chade man
viṣayete sada dhay
“My consciousness does not want to worship Sri Krishna. The attraction to enjoying insignificant materialistic pleasures is very strong. My mind does not leave the hope of enjoying mundane sense objects. It always runs to materialistic enjoyment.”
The urges of this foolish mind are the most difficult to overcome. It is the primary cause of our material bondage. The senses are under the jurisdiction of the mind. If the mind is uncontrolled, then inevitably so are the senses. With uncontrolled senses, there are unrestricted endeavors for material enjoyment. Where there is a pursuit for material happiness, there is material bondage…in other words, the process of distancing ourselves from Krishna. Krishna says in BG 15.7,
manah-sasthanindriyani prakrti-sthani karsati.
“Due to conditioned life, jivas are struggling very hard with the six senses, which include the mind.”
Smaranam is the only thing which can make our minds act favourably as our friends. Only then can we hear Parmatma’s voice coming from our heart.
Nitai Vayulekhan is the process of meditation where we can bring our fickle minds under control. We can finally take the ropes of our mind’s chariot in our own hands. To do such a mammoth task of controlling our minds in Kaliyuga, one requires not only efforts…but causeless mercy! Without the mercy of the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, it is not possible. Nitai is the most merciful Lord in this creation who is willing to do this task immediately, without awaiting to see our qualifications.
karama jnana, kichu nahi mora
sadhana bhajana nai
ami to kangala tumi kripamoy
ahaituki kripa chai (Bhajana Lalasa)
“I have no knowledge, no background of pious activities, nor any history of strict devotional practice. But You are full of compassion and kindness. Therefore, although I am certainly destitute, I solicit Your causeless mercy.”
This prayer by Bhaktivinoda Thakur demonstrates our exact position in which we can only sincerely cry out for the Lord’s special mercy. Who but Nitai is the Lord is causeless mercy?
Prabhupada describes in the commentary to the BG verse that previously the mind was controlled through one of the Yoga systems. That is no longer possible in this age. The only recourse is devotional service. And for that, once again we must come to Nitai’s door (who is devotional service personified).
Nitai Vayulekhan is not only bringing us before Nityananda Prabhu, it is also a form of sadhana which is directly forcing our minds to focus on the divine syllables of Nitai’s holy name. While visualizing Nitai’s Nam syllables clearly, one’s mind will also become fixated in the remembrance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna, by the potency of Nityananda Prabhu in the form of Nityananda Nam. As described earlier, that is the key to reconnecting our internal wires with Parmatma, Virchandra Prabhu.
By fixing our mind on Nitai’s Namakshars, Nitai’s lotus feet will become firmly imprinted within our heart. The heart is where Virchandra Prabhu resides as Parmatma. So when the father and son unite, we are bound to experience devotional ecstasy. The mind will automatically become controlled and no longer run after flickering material happiness. After all, Nitai is the one who removes the infectious material desires from our heart in the first place! Aar kabe Nitaichander karuna haibe samsara vasana mora kabe tuccha habe.
The struggle we were talking about earlier in regards to controlling the mind and the senses is overcome only by Nitai’s grace. So what are we waiting for when we have this golden chance to acquire it via this sublime process of Nitai Vayulekhan?
In such a condition, we will achieve the half of the verse:
“To such a man happiness and distress, heat and cold, honor and dishonor are all the same.”
Nitai Vayulekhan will make us “sthit-pragya” in the true sense, because it will bestow upon us the intelligence and strength to heed the orders of Virchandra Prabhu…who is seated in our heart as Parmatma.
Joy Nitai Vayulekhan!
Nitaisevak ganer seva abhilashi,