The small group of seekers who are open to the pointers offered by the Advaitin Teachings usually show up after a long search, often involving many years of meditation practice or other spiritual practices. While no practices can gurrantee this understanding, a mind that is relatively uncluttered, a life that is calm and uncomplicated, a love of silence, an attitude of exhaustion with spiritual seeking and practices, as well as an earnest desire to find one’s true nature seem to be ingredients that allow the Advaitin pointers to have their effect. There is the desire to understand deeply, not to acquire new concepts and parade them. This “inner” and “outer” environment is often called “readiness” or ripeness”. This series will explore what teachers have said about the prepared ground or what is means to be "ready" for the Advaitin understanding. 

The one who enters spirituality is like cold water which is put on the f ire. When you put it on the fire the bubbles start rising and in due course it starts boiling. That boiling stage is something like the sadhaka entering the highest class of spirituality; at the boiling point he likes to talk a lot, put a lot of questions. When the fire is applied continuously the boiling stops and simmering takes place. That is the stage where one acquires knowledge in spirituality. After listening to these talks will you be able to go into quietude? I have my doubts about that, because you still like to please your pampered mind. If you have really understood what I say does it matter if you please your mind or not?

 –        Nisargadatta Maharaj

Remember, to know Yourself, return to the silence before words.

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