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. .

Questioner: Once I have made up my mind to find The Reality, what do I do next? 

Maharaj: It depends on your temperament. If you are earnest, whatever way you choose will take you to your goal. It is the earnestness that is the decisive factor. 

Questioner:  What is the source of earnestness? 

Maharaj:  It is the homing instinct, which makes the bird return to its nest and the fish to the mountain stream where it was born. The seed returns to the earth, when the fruit is ripe. Ripeness is all..

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

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