Radhanath swami explains a culture of scriptural study helps us provide our intelligence with the ammunition to fight the disloyal mind. During chanting, as the mind wanders, we can pull it back to the sound of the Holy Names by internally connecting to the sound of scriptures. The Vedic scriptures are the sound representation of God, and they contain many verses extolling the glories of Holy Names. .
Many chanters have expressed that the mind comes up with the best ideas and plans during our chanting session. Also on many occasions, it's during the middle of the chanting that we feel sick, pain in the various bodily limbs, and general discomfort. Later as we complete the rounds, the mind has no ideas, and even the pain seems to disappear. .
One of the common challenges to confront while chanting is to try and bring the wandering mind back to the Holy Names of Krishna. Many chanters express helplessness in dealing with the mind; they feel it's virtually impossible to pull the mind back while chanting. However it’s possible for the mind to be attentive during the Hare Krishna yoga sessions, but the secret lies in following two simple but effective steps. .
Radhanath Swami says that our goal is not to be great controllers of our minds. We want to instead purify the mind so that it can be offered for Krishna’s pleasure. At this stage, a Hare Krishna chanter endeavours to please Krishna in all aspects of his life. While chanting, and rendering various types of services, his focus is on pleasing the Lord. At this stage of devotional practise he is less worried if he has controlled his mind perfectly. .