The human mind is notorious for its fickleness. So much so, it has earned itself the moniker \u2018monkey-mind!\u2019 Much like sand held in a tight fist or water borne in a cloth, the mind races, leaving man baffled. It engages with objects of the world, leaping from object to object with lightning speed. It embraces that which it mustn\u2019t and relinquishes easily, that it shall do well to dwell on. Summarily, the human mind is an intractable mystery. Yet, our Scriptures exhort that it is only by the taming of the monkey-mind that man may progress. They speak endlessly of the immense possibilities of the stilled-mind. Summarizing the seemingly impossible task, Arjun states in the Bhagavadg\u012bt\u0101, \u091a\u0902\u091a\u0932\u0902 \u0939\u093f \u092e\u0928\u0903 \u0915\u0943\u0937\u094d\u0923 \u092a\u094d\u0930\u092e\u093e\u0925\u093f \u092c\u0932\u0935\u0926\u094d\u0926\u0943\u0922\u092e\u094d\u0964 \u0924\u0938\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0939\u0902 \u0928\u093f\u0917\u094d\u0930\u0939\u0902 \u092e\u0928\u094d\u092f\u0947 \u0935\u093e\u092f\u094b\u0930\u093f\u0935 \u0938\u0941\u0926\u0941\u0937\u094d\u0915\u0930\u092e\u094d \u0965 ca\u1e43cala\u1e43 hi mana\u1e25 k\u1e5b\u1e63\u1e47a pram\u0101thi balavadd\u1e5b\u1e0dham\u0964 tasy\u0101ha\u1e43 nigraha\u1e43 manye v\u0101yoriva sudu\u1e63karam \u0965 \u201cO K\u1e5b\u1e63\u1e47a! Indeed, the mind is fickle, turbulent, strong and obstinate. It appears to me that controlling it is as difficult as controlling the wind.\u201d K\u1e5b\u1e63\u1e47a offers a simple solution. \u0905\u0938\u0902\u0936\u092f\u0902 \u092e\u0939\u093e\u092c\u093e\u0939\u094b \u092e\u0928\u094b \u0926\u0941\u0930\u094d\u0928\u093f\u0917\u094d\u0930\u0939\u0902 \u091a\u0932\u092e\u094d\u0964 \u0905\u092d\u094d\u092f\u093e\u0938\u0947\u0928\u0924\u0941 \u0915\u094c\u0928\u094d\u0924\u0947\u092f \u0935\u0948\u0930\u093e\u0917\u094d\u092f\u0947\u0923 \u091a \u0917\u0943\u0939\u094d\u092f\u0924\u0947\u0965 asa\u1e43\u015baya\u1e43 mah\u0101b\u0101ho mano durnigraha\u1e43 calam\u0964 abhy\u0101senatu kaunteya vair\u0101gye\u1e47a ca g\u1e5bhyate\u0965 \u201cO mighty son of Kunt\u012b! The mind is undoubtedly fickle and difficult to control, yet it can be controlled by practice and detachment.\u201d The inherent nature of the mind is such that it attaches itself to the senses. It identifies with the emotions of pleasure and pain. It courts the pleasurable and shuns the unsavory. Man gains mastery over the mind when he detaches himself from pain and pleasure, treating both with equanimity. Such detachment proceeds from discernment of the eternal and the ephemeral. When the mind is trained to treat sorrow and pleasures as passing clouds, the mind grows accustomed to identifying less with the passing emotions thus caused. When the mind is repeatedly refocused on the higher force that pervades all, a dispassionate force that lies within merely a witness to everything, the mind dawns to a stillness. When thus stilled, the mind allows for the experience of man\u2019s true nature.