Mind: Mind Control

                                                                  Q. Part 1: What is the correlation between desires and thoughts? How are one's desires manifest into thoughts?

                                                                  Q. I am trying to be more conscious about my daily activities and thoughts so that they are centered on Krishna, but it is not easy. I find myself thinking or daydreaming about how I can enjoy separate from Krishna. When I bring my thoughts back to Krishna my mind feels so much clearer. How can I keep my thoughts on the right track?

                                                                  I really want to clean out my mind. I feel like there is so much garbage cluttered there from the past few years. Sometimes it is really overwhelming. I want to focus on Krishna and not on sense gratification but that desire sense gratification keeps creeping back! Please describe a practical way that I can control my mind and be a better devotee.

                                                                  Q. In Bhagavad-gita (BG) 3.42 it is said "The working senses are superior to dull matter; mind is higher than the senses; intelligence is still higher than the mind; and he [the soul] is even higher than the intelligence." However in Srimad Bhagavatam (SB) 3.26.27 it is said, "From the false ego of goodness, another transformation takes place.

                                                                  Q. Although I have been trying to practice Krishna Consciousness for about three years, I still find it difficult to control my senses. It is often really very frustrating. Shall I tell myself that there is so much dirt accumulated in my mind and therefore I have to be patient, or what else do I need to do?

                                                                  Q. How can one control the mind? Often the mind wanders to unnecessary thoughts. What are the tips to achieve self-control?

                                                                  Q. While chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra sometimes the mind deviates and I am not able to concentrate on the chanting. How to obtain the concentration while chanting the holy name of the Lord always? Please clarify.