Tooth and Nail

Tooth and Nail
Tooth and Nail
If you've ever tried to seriously apply yourself to a course of exercise, yoga, meditation, prayer, or any other long-term, goal-directed activity besides Web- or channel-surfing, you know that at any moment your self-improvement enterprise can be derailed by that most insidious of all insidious creatures, your own mind.
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©2003 Ekendra dasa

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Oh, mind, it’s time we had a little conversation
I can’t stand you runnin’ around all over creation
And I’m to blame—I can’t seem to tame you at all
You are a 24/7 obscene phone call

I try to meditate. I chant two hours a day
Try my best to keep them bad desires away
Soon as you see some scantily-clad bimbo
My meditation flies right out the window

Oh, my dear mind, why can’t you just stay on the trail –
for a little while? Tell me why you got to fight me tooth and nail.

Now, luckily for me, I got instructions—
An owners’ manual full of Vedic injunctions
Book is on the shelf-I really ought to read it
Like anything else—a mind is what you feed it

Oh, my dear mind, why can’t you just stay on the trail
for a little while? Tell me why you got to fight me tooth and nail.