Keep the mind on one track, don’t keep a one track mind
To keep the mind on one track means to keep our attention focused on one overarching life-purpose, whatever distractions the world may present. Those with a mind on one track can pursue goals persistently.
To have a one-track mind means to be obsessed with one thing alone, to reduce the entire world to that thing, to not be able to relate with anyone who is not interested in that thing. Those with a one-track mind come off as obsessed, eccentric, fanatical.
The Bhagavad-gita (02.41) urges us to keep our mind on one track to Krishna, to make him our life’s over-arching purpose. But we may misunderstand or misapply this injunction and start keeping a one-track mind, whereby we alienate people by thrusting Krishna on them during any interaction on any subject. To avoid alienating others in the name of devotion, we need a more inclusive understanding of devotion and Krishna.
Krishna is not an other-worldly deity devotion to whom disconnects us from everything in this world. He is the Whole who has all living beings as his parts (Bhagavad-gita 15.07); the source of the attractiveness of all attractive things (10.41); and the benefactor of all living beings (05.29). When we thus appreciate Krishna’s pervasiveness, we treasure our various abilities as his gifts (07.08); we celebrate others’ abilities as sparks of his splendor (10.41); we savor our achievements as our loving offerings to him (09.26-27).
When we learn to see Krishna even in seemingly mundane things, we can connect with people where they are, connect their current interests with Krishna, and creatively conceive ways to connect them with Krishna from where they are.
Thus, when we keep our mind on the Krishna-track, we learn to care for others spiritually in terms they can appreciate, thereby attracting them towards us and Krishna.
Think it over:
- Why is keeping the mind one track helpful, but keeping a one-track mind unhelpful?
- How can an inclusive understanding of Krishna enable us to relate better with others?
- How does keeping our mind on the Krishna track enable us to relish life?
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