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From: Madhavkkannan, Vasudevan (
Date: Sun Aug 23 1998 - 18:28:31 PDT


Dearest Sri Mani,

I completely agree with you, that when we attempt to concentrate our minds,
they go jumping wildly much faster than any fastest thing in the world. When
ArjunA reports that to KrishNA, "sanchalam hi mana: krishNA...", KrishNA's
answer is: only "abhyAsam" can help. (Sri Gopal, please forgive me for any
transliteration mistake!). 

My revered AchAryA, Sri PaRavaakkOttai Swami, Srimad Poundareekapuram
ANdavan, during his upadEsam mentioned that it is difficult to control the
mind; However, he suggested to keep any picture /photo of our "ishta" form
of Sriman NarayaNa, (Sri Rama, Sri Krishnan, Sri Ranganathan, Sri VenkatEsa
PaerumAL, Sri Oppiliappan, Sri LakshmI Hayagreevan or kutti KaNNan, or any
Divya Desa PerumAL, or any avtaar of our Lord, or even just the two Divya
maNi pAdukAs) in our front ; or sit in front of that picture with our eyes
pleading the Lord (or His pAdukAs/ Feet) for mercy and  imagine ourselves
bathing Him, dressing Him, making Him eat, adorning Him with most valuable
ornaments, etc,, and making Him to sleep, while our lips murmur the Gayathri
japam or
the ashtAksharam continuously.  

(It was quite useful to follow; but, you know, maNi, still, my mind wanders
with the same speed! The amount of sins is so huge that pulls the mind out.
It is our sincere prayer to our Most Merciful Divya Dampatis to grant us
such concentration in order to do little justice to these MahA manthrams.)

May Sri RanganAyikA samEtha Sri RanaganAthan bless us as They do ALWAYS!

Narayana Narayana


Narayana dAsan Madhavakkannan