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Psychology Lecture
22 October 2004 – Riga, Latvia

at the International High School of Practical Psychology

 

vande ’ham sri guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri–gurun vaisnavams ca
sri rupam sagrajatam saha-gan-raghunathanvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krsna-caitanya-devam
sri-radha-krsna-padan saha-gana-lalita-sri-visakhanvitams ca

Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen, for coming today to the third presentation on the new, enlightened psychology.  Today, as I promised you, I will be revealing the secrets of what is the perfection of psychology.

Psychology is the science of the mind.  The controlled mind is the best friend - and the uncontrolled mind is the worst enemy.  So if you can master the art of controlling your mind, you will achieve the perfection of psychology.  Today we want to give you those inside secrets on how to perfect your mind.

Krishna explains in the Bhagavad-gita, Chapter Nine, Text Number Two:

raja-vidya raja guhyam
pavitram idam uttamam
pratyaksavagamam dharmyam
su-sukham kartum avyayam

“This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets.  It is the purest knowledge because it gives direct perception of the self by realization.  It is the perfection of religion.  It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed.” 

This is what we are teaching you today.

There is a supreme consciousness that is aware of everything.  That is called Krishna, or God.  “O Dias”, they say in Latvian . . . that Supreme Consciousness, or Dias, knows everything that’s going on everywhere.  We are conscious of the pains and pleasures of our own body; but we are not aware of the pains and pleasures in someone else’s body.  But Dias, or God, is aware of the pains and pleasures in everyone’s body.  So the perfection of psychology is to fully connect your individual consciousness with the Supreme Consciousness.  That’s what we want to teach you how to do today. 

Your hand serves your entire body, doesn’t it?  When you eat, every part of the body requires nourishment; without eating, your body will wither away and die.  Every part of your body requires nutrition - the hand requires nutrition, the brain requires nutrition, and the legs require nutrition.  So the hand serves the entire body by putting the food in the stomach, through the mouth.  And by feeding the stomach, the hand automatically gets the nutrition it requires.  Similarly we, the individual living beings, are like the hand, and God is like the stomach.  If you give your loving service to God, the Supreme Consciousness, then you will become fully satisfied.  You will have a good, friendly mind.  But if you try to remain greedy, like a hand that refuses to feed the stomach – simply trying to squeeze the food in the fingers, without giving it to the belly – you will not make God happy, you will not make yourself happy, and you will not make anybody happy.  Your mind will be a mess – it will be your enemy.

So the perfection of psychology is to engage the mind in serving the Supreme Being.  That is the perfection of psychology:  when your mind becomes peaceful by being engaged in the service of God.  You’ll become very happy; you’ll become very peaceful; you’ll become very intelligent.  And you’ll be healthy also, because one of the major causes of physical disease is a disturbed mind.  So this is the perfection of applied psychology - to engage the mind in serving the Supreme.

This is actually natural.  Don’t you prefer light over darkness?  Don’t you prefer a bright, sunny day like today over a dark, gray day?  Therefore you should illuminate your mind by the brilliant sun of the words of God and the words of great, saintly teachers.  These words have the power to totally illuminate your heart and permanently destroy all anxiety, all fear, all illusion, all lamentation, all bewilderment, and all confusion.

So the question would be, then, how do you do it?  How does one fully absorb the mind in serving God?  Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita [9:34]:

man-mana bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yaji mam namaskuru
man evaisyasi yuktvaivam
atmamam mat-parayanah

“Engage your mind always in thinking of Me; offer obeisances and worship me.  Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me.”  Krishna also says [BG 9:14]:

satatam kritayanto mam
tatantas ca drdha-vratah
namsyantas ca mam bhaktya
nitya-yukta upasate

He says, “Engage your mind always in chanting My glories, and always bow down before Me.  In this way become a person of great faith, who always worships Me.”

So if you will chant the holy names of God on your lips, you will immediately illuminate your consciousness and bring yourself to the platform of the perfected mind.  The best names to chant are these:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama
Rama Rama, Hare Hare

This is called the maha-mantraMaha-mantra is a Sanskrit word.  Maha means “great”, and mantra means “that which delivers the mind”.  Man means “mind”, and tra means “deliver” – so mantra is a sound vibration which delivers the mind.

Is not this the goal of psychology?  To deliver the mind from anxiety?  The psychologists are missing the very easy method – that simply by chanting “Hare Krishna”, all psychological problems are solved.  The teachers at this school should all become aware of this science, and teach all the psychology students to chant Hare Krishna in order to become perfect masters of their own minds and to be real psychologists, to help other people with disturbed minds.  This Hare Krishna chant should now be taught in all psychology textbooks, in all the universities throughout the world.  All the crazy people on this planet would become sane and happy by chanting these names:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama
Rama Rama, Hare Hare

Are there any questions?

Q1  [Why are teachers of psychology not interested in this science/method?]

A1 - It’s pride.  They think they know everything.  Therefore when a bona fide spiritual master comes to their school, instead of coming here to learn how to be a proper teacher, they just go somewhere and smoke cigarettes. 

So who would like to perfect their mind?  Who would like to become free of all anxiety?  [hands raise]  Oh, very good . . .  Anyone else like to become free of all anxiety?  We’ve got one, two three, four, five . . . what about you? – ah, everyone would like to be free of all anxiety.  Very good.

Q2  [How does this process work?]

A2 - When you water the root of a tree, all the leaves and branches are automatically nourished.  When you feed your belly, every part of your body receives nutrition.  When you become Krishna conscious, every aspect of your life becomes perfect.  Everything, material and spiritual both, becomes changed in a positive way - your mind, your intelligence, your ego - even your material body and everything that’s happening to you in the material world.  It all changes in an amazing, incredible way.  It’ll make you kick yourself for not starting to chant earlier - you will say, if only I had started chanting Hare Krishna earlier in life, I would be much better off now;  why did I wait until so late to start chanting Hare Krishna?

We also have these wonderful books, which give this science in full detail.  We have just enough books for everybody in this classroom.  We’d like to give them to you as a gift, but we have to ask you to give enough that we can cover the printing cost, because we had to pay for the books.  So give some donation to help cover the printing cost.  When the lecture is over, everyone can come forward and see which book they would like to take home.  Any more questions?

Q3  [Once we take up this practice, how do we keep from falling down?]

A3 - Right now we’re going through so many difficulties all the time.  When we start to take up Krishna consciousness, we can feel immediate relief.  And the more you surrender, you get more and more relief.  So even when you begin, you immediately feel some reciprocation from Krishna.  And that reciprocation simply deepens and deepens as time goes on.  So the way to not fall down is that you have to pray to Krishna, “My dear Lord Krishna, please protect me from falling down.”  That’s the key.  Never think that on your own you have the strength to protect yourself from falling down.  Every minute you have to beg Krishna, “Please protect me from falling down.”  If you pray from the innermost depths of your heart, with great sincerity, then you will never fall down.  The key is to humbly beg Krishna for His mercy upon you.

Q4  [What is the validity of the other knowledge?]

A4 - There are two kinds of knowledge.  There is absolute knowledge; this is knowledge of God and our relationship with God.  And there is relative knowledge, like how to open a door, how to walk up the stairs – this is called relative knowledge.  We require both types of knowledge as we go through our daily life.  But relative knowledge can change.  Just like when you drive in Latvia, you drive on the right side of the highway.  In Great Britain you drive on the left.  Which side of the road you drive on is called relative knowledge; it’s not absolute.  But knowledge of the self in relation to God, the Supreme Self – that is absolute knowledge.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re in Latvia, Lithuania or Fiji, the knowledge remains the same:  that Krishna is God, and you are His eternal servant.  And by chanting His names, you will reawaken your love for Him. 

Q5  [How long does it take to achieve this perfection?]

A5 - It depends on the quality of your chanting.  You can achieve the perfection of psychology within one second.  Or it can take you millions of lifetimes.  It’s simply up to you, how purely you chant.  The mood of chanting is like that of little child crying for her mother in a state of total helplessness – like a little baby crying for Mother.  If you can chant in a complete mood of helplessness the name of Krishna, then you can achieve the highest spiritual enlightenment immediately.  The problem is that we keep thinking that we have something else that will protect us besides God.  We’re thinking, “My parents will protect me; my job will protect me; my insurance policy will protect me; the Latvian police department will protect me” (that’s a joke).  There is no protection in this material world.  There is only one Person Who can actually give us full protection, and that is God.  If you put your faith in anyone else, sooner or later you must be disappointed - because no one else but God can give you perfect protection.  That’s a fact.  So instead of putting our energy and our faith in so many other things, let us focus our energy on devotion to the Supreme Person, and experience the perfection of psychology.

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Transcribed by Her Grace Labangalatika devi dasi

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