Divine Knowledge

Why does the mind wander from its focus?

Why does the mind wander from its focus?

To the earnest seekers of truth and clarity 🌺,

Distraction, dear souls, can be likened to the fluttering leaves caught in a gust of wind, taken away from their place of stillness. Just as these leaves drift without anchor, a distracted mind floats aimlessly amidst the vast oceans of external stimuli.

The Srimad Bhagavad Gita expounds: ‘For one who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, the mind will remain the greatest enemy.’ When the mind isn’t anchored in purpose and awareness, it becomes susceptible to external allurements.

Delve deeper into the roots of distraction:

  1. The Play of the Senses: Our senses are like five horses drawing the chariot of life. Unrestrained, they can pull us in myriad directions, away from our true path.
  2. Seeking External Validation: In today’s interconnected world, many seek validation from outside. This external focus scatters the mind, leading it away from inner equilibrium.
  3. Lack of Purpose: A mind without a guiding purpose or objective is like a ship without a compass. It becomes vulnerable to the waves of whims and fancies.

To centre the mind and dissolve distraction, the Srimad Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 6, Verse 26) guides:

“यतो यतो निश्चलति मनश्चंचलमस्थिरम् | ततस्ततो नियम्यैतदात्मन्येव वशं नयेत् ||”

Which translates to:

“Wherever the restless and unsteady mind wanders, one should bring it back and continually focus it on the Self.”

In harnessing the mind’s energy and directing it purposefully, we not only minimise distractions but also realise our highest potential.

Continued blessings…

Sri Guru Baba Vyas
Prana Urja Healing Society