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 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. This “inner” and “outer” environment is often called “readiness” or ripeness”. This series will explore what teachers have said about the prepared ground for the Advaitin understanding. .

Time and space exist in your mind, not in the Self. There is no limit to the power of the Self. The power of the Self is always present, always working, always the same. What varies is the readiness and willingness of people to turn their attention to it. If someone picks up this book ten thousand miles away in a thousand years' time, those words will do their work if the reader is in the right state to listen to and assimilate the words.

 –        Nisargadatta Maharaj

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

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