sages about his mind, the activities of which are difficult to control, in
these verses selected from the Vairagrya Prakarana of Yogavasishtham.
पिच्छलववच्चेतश्चलति चञ्चलम् ॥१॥
also this mind of mine is extremely
wavering, full of evil tendencies and turns away from doing good things and
serving good and noble people.
दीन ग्रामे कौलेयको यथा ॥२॥
about here and there, farther and farther,
vainly preoccupied and miserable, just like the street dog in a village.
क्वचित्किञ्चित् प्राप्तैरपि महाधनैः
संपूर्णतामेति करण्डक इवाऽम्बुभिः ॥३॥
get anything from any where; even when it gets abundance of wealth it does not feel
filled (i.e. satisfied), just as a basket made of canes cannot be filled with
water (because the water flows out).
निर्वृतिं याति मृगो यथा दिवच्युतः ॥४॥
evil desires and never enjoys peace and calmness, just like a deer separated
from the herd (and trapped in the hunter’s net).
क्षणमपि हृदये याति न स्थितिम् ॥५॥
even for a moment, in the heart (the supposed abode of the Self)
मननविक्षुब्धं दिशो दश विधावति
runs in the ten directions like the waters of the milky ocean churned by the
प्रबुध्यन्ते तेन तप्येऽहमाकुलः ॥७॥
of unrestricted imagination, never wakes up to Reality. I am therefore confused and tormented.
ब्रह्मन् दुर्निग्रहमनोग्रहः ॥८॥
uncontrollable mind is hotter than fire, more difficult than scaling a mountain and harder than the vajrayudha
कार्येषु विहगः सामिषेष्विव
याति बालः क्रीडनकादिव ॥९॥
engages itself in its activities like a bird falling on a piece of meat. It withdraws itself from this activity the
next moment like a child playing with
यत्र बद्धा महद्भिः
to conquer the mind and foster in themselves all good qualities. So too I have
stood up to conquer this mind, the enemy. Since I am devoid of any liking for
pleasures internally, I do not appreciate Lakshmi (wealth) whose activities are
dumb and tainted even as the moon does not appreciate the clouds (which hide