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Practical Sadhana - Which Way Within - 1
« on: May 13, 2009, 11:07:23 AM »
A beautiful article of Swami Sadasivananda.  He came to Asramam in
1970 and later became a monk under the direction of Ananda Mayi Ma.

Question:  Without doubts, God and His scriptures, and those who
take up a serious spiritual practice, agree that the ultimate goal is
within.  But when the mind of man goes within, it finds an un-
imaginable variety of species, livng in worlds of thought.  What is
the method of first locating, then concentrating on, and then attaining the One thing needful?

Unquestionably, the human mind is a well-seasoned traveller, with
a photographic memory, through untold lifetimes of worlds of experience.

The Buddha once directed his followers to consider the vast number
of different species existing in our creation.  His followers were
perplexed by the vastness of the types, shapes and colours of millions
of life forms.  He then declared:  "The human mind is more variegated
than this variety of known life."

Krishna said:  "Indeed, the mind is restless and difficult to control, but it can be brought under control of abhyasa [practice] and vairagya [ detachment],  O son of Kunti.  It is my opinion that yoga
is difficult for anyone who lacks self-control, but can be attained
by anyone who has mastered the lower self, if he adopts the proper means."  [B.G. Ch. 6, Verses 33-36].

Common sense shows us that to combat and conquer a foe that is
so powerful and turbulent, we must develop our own powers and
stability.  Meditation is the means to this end.  The methods to adopt
depend on where we stand.  But first, we must make an affirmation
that we will change our life for the better.  Practically, we must first
decide or invest the time for repeated effort, and then develop strength and perseverance to develop the right discernment and ensuing virtues that will strengthen us.  Spiritual life improves much
like worldly life, steadily, step by step.

In fact, in the Pali Canon, containing the words of the Buddha,
whom the spiritual world reveres as the master of meditation, the
Pali word used for meditation, 'bhavana' means 'development'.

The Buddha, also being the master of metaphor, likened this development to building a bridge over a swiftly running river.  The
foundation of this bridge on either shore are virtue and discernment.  The most important foundation, in the middle of turbulent currents, is concentration.  If our concentration rests on a weak foundation, then it is only a matter of time, before our virtue and discernment are
washed away.  Therefore, the first step is to develop concentration.

(Source: As indicated in above)

Arunachala Siva.