Stop running away from Krishna – run down the mind instead
The Bhagavad-gita (06.44) indicates that those who have tasted the sweetness of Krishna, even if they subsequently get deviated from the path to him, are attracted back to him helplessly.
As aspiring devotees, we have probably relished Krishna in one or other of his various manifestations: his holy name, his beautiful deity or, if nothing else, his delicious prasad. Despite having relished this sublime sweetness, our mind being addicted to materialism keeps impelling us toward mundane pleasures. Thus, our consciousness becomes the battleground for two opposing forces: consciously our mind goads us toward sensual pleasures, whereas subconsciously we long to taste again the joy of remembering Krishna.
Often, our mind deceives us into returning to the same wanton enjoyment that we had earlier rejected because of its emptiness and pointlessness. As long as we let ourselves be deluded by the mind, we stay infatuated by worldly pleasures and keep running away from Krishna. But our flight from him is inescapably doomed because our subconscious never lets us forget what we are missing. Even more significantly, Krishna doesn’t want us to continue in material existence, wherein miseries are concomitant with pleasures. So, he personally arranges to repeatedly remind us of the sweetness of loving him and the tastelessness of loving anything else.
Consequently, by trying to run away from Krishna, we get no happiness. Instead, we simply prolong and increase our suffering. Therefore, rather than futilely trying to run away from Krishna, why not expend the same energy to run down the mind? If we can combat and conquer the mind’s addiction to worldly pleasures, we will become free to relish the nectar of loving Krishna forever.
“By virtue of the divine consciousness of his previous life, he automatically becomes attracted to the yogic principles – even without seeking them. Such an inquisitive transcendentalist stands always above the ritualistic principles of the scriptures.”