3. To dedicate the mind to the Lord, we must channel the flow of ourdesires toward His lotus feet. Hence there is no question of "controlling the mind," "fixing the mind," "pacifying the mind,"without the reformation of desire. Our quality of mind is subject to thequality of our desire.4. From the logic of the above point 2, it is clear that the originalcondition of the mind is Krishna consciousness. That original conditionis contaminated as soon as our desire flows toward the lording over of matter.5. Thus what we know to be "the material mind" is in essence
thecondition of material attraction.
The mind is a real thing because it is the energy of the Supersoul. Thus on theenergetic level our mental activities--thinking, imagination, visualization,concentration and so forth--are real movements. They are real movements that unfoldas per a complex pattern. And why so complex? Why does the study of the mind'smovements (the study we know by the word psychology) become so mysterious andconvoluted? That is because the mind moves
according to our desires.
Hence, it is ourdesires--meaning, in our present state, our material attraction--that complicates ourmental processes.The mind can be perceived as a real thing due to the fact that by nature's arrangement,the movements of the mind have physical effects. These effects are both immediateand remote. In
your immediate environment is called "the field of activities." What is that field? It is your body. The remote environment is practicallyeverything beyond your body.Because the body and the world surrounding it respond to our state of mind, we havethis often-discussed notion of "mind over matter." Some people believe "mind overmatter" means that they can change themselves and their whole world simply by amental adjustment. However, as indicated above, changes of mind, or what we termmental activity, is itself impelled by desire. Yes, you can control matter with yourmind. In fact this is happening constantly. But what controls your mind? Desire.To wrest the mind from the control of desire is not easy. (Actually, it is impossible;the only option we have is a choice as to whether our mind shall be controlled bymaterial or spiritual desire--but more about that later.) Repeatedly we find ourselvesgirding up for a final battle with our desires, the aim being to defeat desire once andfor all and to be free of it at last. This is very daunting, to say the least.But before we enter the fight we must know that our desires constitute an extremelypowerful and mostly invisible army called
(lust) that has captured our senses,mind and intelligence. This is made clear in
3.40. In the purport, SrilaPrabhupada explains that the mind is the reservoir of all ideas of sense gratification,and therefore lust infiltrates the senses and the intelligence from the mind.After their minds get them into trouble, people are so quick to say, "I never wantedthis!" But are you so sure you know what you want? Desires are by nature more