25 March 2014 - QA 8

Gurudev, what is the best way to control the mind?

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:

Why do you want to control the mind? You want the mind to stay in one place, right. That is what you mean by control.
Why is it going here and there? If there is a nice program on television, do you need to control your mind to watch it? You love a child, you love your spouse, do you have to try to focus your mind on them? No!
Whatever you love, your mind is already focused on that.
When do you need to focus? When you do not like something. Even there, if you do not like something, you don’t need to focus, as the mind already does not like it
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Focus is needed when your mind is looking for something else other than what is right now. In such situations, breathing, Sudarshan Kriya, and yoga will help.