Srila Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON, wanted devotees to gain a systematic understanding of the profound Vedic philosophy that he presented through his books. This site is a humble attempt from ISKCON Ghaziabad to facilitate devotees in fulfilling this instruction of Srila Prabhupada by means of courses.
Vedic Level 1
- ART OF MIND CONTROL
It is certainly worthwhile knowing how to control the mind. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that the mind can be controlled by constant “practice and detachment.”(—Bhagavad Gita, 6.35). He says that wherever and whenever the mind wanders, due to its flickering and unsteady nature, we must bring it back under the control of the Self (—Bhagavad Gita, 6.26).
The mind is like a child; a child is attracted to everything. It wants everything but not all things are good for it. Some things are even harmful.. so the parent must discipline… Sometimes the child becomes angry and cries but the parent is determined to give the best thing even if at first it seems uncomfortable to the child.
In a similar way the intelligence and the spiritual being that we are must control the mind. The mind is attracted to so many material things and everywhere we look, someone is telling us that if just have one material thing or another then we will be happy…but it always proves to be false.
- POWER OF HABITS
So the adults, the teenagers and even sometimes children they had cigarettes smoking, had cigarettes hanging from their mouths in the same fashion. And some years later, he died of cancer of the lip and the lung. But by the time he died, everyone was so addicted that they couldn’t give it up. The power of habit completely covers over our logic, our intelligence and our pursuit of well-being and happiness; cancer is a horrible miserable cause of death.
Alcohol – 40 million Americans are alcoholics, seriously abused alcoholics. 53% of men and women in Americans have claimed that at least one of their close relatives has a severe alcoholic problem. 53%, someone who is a close relative has a serious alcoholic problem. 185 billion dollars are spent every year in the United States on alcoholism related problems. In the year 2002, 32% of all deaths due to automobile crashes would be caused of abused of alcohol, amongst one of the drivers. That means 17970 people were killed due to automobile crashes under the influence of alcohol. 275 thousand were injured — that means every two minutes somebody is seriously injured due to drunken driving. Why? There have been movies about alcoholics. Have you ever seen alcoholic people? They are never happy people. They are frustrated. A vast percentage of violent crimes are done due to anger being provoked by the influence of alcohol.
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