Just like, I'll give you one example. A naughty boy, creating some mischievous things. The father calls you, "My dear boy, can you do this?" "Yes, father, I can do it." So he turns his attention from that mischief-making to something good. Because they want to be active. Children, they want to be active. You cannot stop them. You cannot say that, "Stop and sit down here." How he can . . .? Artificially, you can do. By the fear of the father or the mother, he can sit down for a moment. But that is not possible. That is not possible. You must give him some engagement, good engagement.
(chuckles) I, I have got my personal experience. My eldest son, when he was about two years old, very much naughty, always doing some mischief. So my friends who used to visit me, he would call my son— his name was Paccha—"Paccha, if you sit down for one minute silently, I'll give you this thing." So the boy failed. He could not sit down even for one minute. So that is not possible. This is the nature. How can you stop your consciousness working? That is not possible.
So either to think that, "Stop consciousness altogether," that is also not perfect, and either to accept simply consciousness, that "I am consciousness," without any conscious engagement, that is also not perfect. You have to understand that you are consciousness, not this body; at the same time, you have to engage your consciousness to the supreme activities. Unless you do that, your life will not be perfect.
So Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa says that:
- prajahāti yadā kāmān
- sarvān pārtha mano-gatān
- ātmany evātmanā tuṣṭaḥ
- sthita-prajñas tadocyate
- (BG 2.55)
Sthita-prajña mean . . . sthita-prajña means one who is steadily situated in the platform of consciousness. Prajña means consciousness, and sthita means steadily fixed up. So this is the only . . . that you have haven't got to create mental concoction to become happy. You have simply to dovetail yourself with the supreme will. There will be activities. There will be activities, because your consciousness cannot be inactive. But there will be activities. That activity will be standard and without any mistake, without any flaw, because it is dictated by the Supreme.
Just like a fa . . . a child is given instruction to write "a." So he does not write, does not know how to write. He's doing this way, that way. The teacher says: "My dear boy, kindly do this, this way, this way, 'a.' " So, if he does it, it is nice. It is nice. Similarly, we have to engage our consciousness . . . there is a supreme plan, supreme plan, all over the creation of the world, supreme plan. Everything is going on under some plan. Don't you see how the sun rises exactly at the right time, how the moon rises exactly at the right time, how the seasonal changes come exactly at the time? Eh? Everything is going on under the control of the supreme consciousness.
(break) . . . c-a-t, cat. C-a-t, cat, c-a-t, cat. Now, that requires. Now, if somebody says: "Oh, 'cat,' he has once said 'cat.' What is the use of again saying 'cat'?" No. When we will learn something, we have to repeat it, even in material things. And what to speak of spiritual? You see.
So dovetailing ourself . . . dovetailing ourself, dovetailing our consciousness with the supreme consciousness. I give you a small example, which is also from the Bhagavad-gītā. I'm not giving any example outside the purview of this Bhagavad-gītā, because we are speaking on the Śrīmad . . . Bhagavad-gītā.