Radhanath Swami on ‘Mind – Best Friend or Worst Enemy?’

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Trying to practice yoga while engaging the mind in material enjoyment is like trying to ignite a fire while at the same time pouring water upon it. Yoga practice without mental control is of little or no value.

The mind can be controlled by engaging it constantly in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. When the mind is controlled it acts as our best friend. But it acts as our worst enemy when uncontrolled.

– Radhanath Swami


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  • manish

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful article

  • onkar deshpande

    Very much grave and deep words by Radhanath swami maharaj.

  • Udisha

    Mind plays so many tricks … these articles are essential reminders to keep our minds aligned.

  • Himanshu Goel

    very important point by HH RNSM

  • Sada Nandini

    Thank you Radhanath Swami for explaining the nature of mind

  • anjan

    Thank you swamiji for your practical tips on the need for mind control

  • anna

    These are very deep statements by Radhanath swami. I pray and hope to follow them….

  • anna

    Yes as Swamiji says controlling the mind by engaging in devotional service is the best of all activities.


    Radhanath Swami also narrates in one of his lectures the story of the good dog and bad dog within us.

  • sumit

    Great word of wisdom by Radhanath swami…

  • Paramesvara Dasa

    Always chanting the holy names sincerely can control the mind. All glories to HH Radhanatha Swami Maharaja.

  • Prajakta Timbe

    Very true.When we try to enjoy the material things with Yoga it is impossible to achieve the higher absolute truth.That Yoga becomes only excercise.

  • Radhanath Swami

    Radhanath Swami is our best friend!

  • Ravi Garg

    In this short article, Swamiji has reflected so beautiful points for us to ponder………thanks

  • Gurrappanaidu

    Very practical reply.

    Thank you so much maharaj for enlighten us.

    All Glories to HH Radhanath swami

  • Sumit Sharma

    Thanks a lot for sharing it!

  • Arjun K Ramachandra

    How true it is that sense gratification and yoga practice go ill together!