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Blessed Self,

Hari OM and Namaste!

THOUGHTS:

Meditation Tips - Be Sincere to Your Practice- By Swami Chinmayananda!

Almost all possible difficulties on the path, arising because of the psychological maladjustment of the personality, are removed by the regular practice.

     However great a medication may be, the disease will not be cured just because the patient has procured the medicine. She has to take it in small doses for a period of time and allow her system to digest it. The medicine must become part and parcel of her physical structure.

     Similarly, techniques, methods and theories can never help us cure ourselves of the disease arising from our faults of personality  unless we are ready to make slow but steady renunciation of the false and develop the true.

     Thus, all that the novice in meditation can do is to be sincere and regular in practicing daily meditation. Live all the hours of the day in consciousness of the Divine and the eternal. Play the game of life, play whatever part you have been called upon to play, but never forget your greater mission in life and the ultimate goal you want to achieve.

     Through diligent practice and sincere pursuit of the nobler values of life, get yourself more and more attached to the higher and nobler in life. The extent of your success in attaching the mind to the nobler values of life will be directly proportional to the amount of detachment you gain from the low and the vicious. Detachment from 'here' is attachment to 'there'.

     Progress is not possible without renunciation. Life itself is a progression from birth to death, from moment-to-moment. Each moment is renounced so that we may live the coming moment. Unless we are ready to leave the immediate spot on which we are standing, we cannot take a step forward. The only known method for climbing a ladder is to leave the lower rung and get on to the next higher one.

     In the inward march toward the goal of perfection, we must also renounce at every step. We must renounce false value of selfishness, vanity, greed and passions by acquiring their opposite good qualities. Whoever practices this diligently will enjoy immediate progress, surprisingly sudden and full.
   

All obstructions in our spiritual path are obstructions put up by ourselves. The more we live the right values, the more we will succeed in our meditation.

With Prem and OM
Shivatmananda
 
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