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. .

Nobody ever fails in yoga. It is a matter of the rate of progress. It is slow in the beginning and rapid in the end. When one if fully matured, realisation is explosive. It takes place spontaneously or at the slightest hint. The quick is not better than the slow. Slow ripening and rapid flowering alternate. Both are natural and right. Yet, all this is so in the mind only. In the great mirror of consciousness images arise and disappear and only memory gives them continuity..

 –        Nisargadatta Maharaj

Tomorrow - a new series entitled: Freedom from suffering

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