Chapter 15: Mind Control; If Men are Agitated, Go to Forest

Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvāca 15
Mind Control; If Men are Agitated, Go to Forest

Devotee: "Śrīla Prabhupāda, it's very difficult to control my mind when I chant. It wanders."

Śrīla Prabhupāda: "So what is the controlling of mind? You have to chant and hear. That is all. You have to chant with your tongue, and the sound you hear. What is the question of mind?"

November 31, 1972, ISKCON Bombay
(An excerpt from a letter)

I received your letter and was happy to hear the current news from the western world. None of the items were known to Śrīla Prabhupāda.

One item was especially interesting. It involved the separation of men and women in the New York temple. Śrīla Prabhupāda received a letter involving this matter at the same time your letter arrived. When he heard that the women were only allowed in the temple at certain times because of agitated brahmacārīs, he said the brahmacārīs could go to the mountains because it wasn't possible to have such rules in our temples.

In a letter to Ekayani, Śrīla Prabhupāda wrote, "I don't know why these inventions are going on. We have already got our Vaiṣṇava standard. It is sufficient for all the big, big saints and acaryas in our line. Why is it inadequate for my disciples so they must manufacture something? That is not possible. Who has introduced these things—that women cannot chant japa in the temple, they cannot perform arotika and so many things? If they become agitated, then let the brahmacārīs go to the forest. I have never introduced these things. If the brahmacārīs cannot remain in the presence of women in the temple, then they may go to the forest and not remain in New York City. In New York there are so many women. How can they avoid seeing? A best thing is to go to the forest and not see any women if they become so easily agitated. But, then no one will see them and how our preaching work will go on?"