What does it practically mean to fix one’s mind on Krishna?

Acharya Prashant
15 min readJan 20, 2021

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

मय्यावेश्य मनो ये मां नित्ययुक्ता उपासते ।

श्रद्धया परयोपेतास्ते मे युक्ततमा मता: ।। 12.2 ।।

mayy āveśhya mano ye māṁ nitya-yuktā upāsate

śhraddhayā parayopetās te me yuktatamā matāḥ

The Blessed Lord said: Those who, fixing their mind on Me, worship Me, ever-steadfast, and endowed with supreme Sraddha, they, in My opinion, are the best versed in Yoga.

~ Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 12, Verse 2

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क्लेशोऽधिकतरस्तेषामव्यक्तासक्तचेतसाम् ।

अव्यक्ता हि गतिर्दु:खं देहवद्भिरवाप्यते ।। 12.5 ।।

kleśho ’dhikataras teṣhām avyaktāsakta-chetasām

avyaktā hi gatir duḥkhaṁ dehavadbhir avāpyate

Greater is their trouble whose minds are set on the Unmanifested; for the goal of the Unmanifested is very hard for the embodied to reach.

~ Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 12, Verse 5

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Questioner (Q): To Arjuna, an embodied Shri Krishna is available in his vicinity, physically overseeing his actions. And to him, the Lord says, “Fix your mind on Me.” But to someone like me, to whom a Shri Krishna is not available in close proximity, in embodied form, what is the way to fix one’s mind on him? How is this different from worshipping the Unmanifest?

Acharya Prashant (AP): Alright. First of all, it has to be understood that Shri Krishna cannot be biased or partial towards one particular jiva, person named Arjuna. If Krishna is indeed the Ultimate, the Total, then there is no question…