(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 3 October 2018, Camp de Masque, Mauritius, Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.1)

In the Bhagavad-Gita, it is mentioned that there is the austerity of the body, austerity of the speech and austerity of the mind. In the austerity of the body, there are things like offering respect to elders. In the austerity of speech, we speak truthfully and such things. In the austerity of the mind however, there is one interesting point. This point that is mentioned is ‘to be satisfied’.

So since when is being satisfied an austerity? Are we experiencing satisfaction as an austerity? 

Well, it means that when we have everything that has come to us in a natural way, then we are not satisfied. We are definitely not satisfied because the nature of the mind is to never be satisfied. Then, we have to control the mind, and tell the mind, “Shut up, mind! Be satisfied. This is what we have got and we are going to deal with this. We are going to be satisfied with this. So that we are not going to waste time to try and get this and that. We are simply going to be satisfied with what we have got and for the rest, we are just going to focus on Krsna.” That is basically what the message is. Be satisfied, so that we can focus on Krsna!

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