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19 Mar 2020
Ordinary meditation is still preoccupied with his own ego and therefore is still barred from ascending to the Himalayan peaks where alone God is to be felt and found. The meditator is still too wrapped up in his own development, his own problems, his own aspirations. Advanced nondual meditation forgets all that in order to remember and identify itself solely with God.
14 Dec 2010
Grace is of two kinds. The ordinary, better known, and inferior kind is that which is found on the Long Path. It flows from the Overself in automatic response to intense faith or devotion, expressed during a time of need. It is a reaction to seeking for help. The rarer and superior kind is found on the Short Path. It arises from self-identification with the Overself or constant recollection of it. There is no ego here to seek help or to call for a Grace which is necessarily ever present in the Overself.
7 May 2012
The glimpse is to be welcomed as a relief from the unsatisfactory limitations of ordinary existence. But because it gives enlightenment only temporarily, it is not enough. It is necessary to seek out the way of getting a permanent result…
22 Feb 2011
Books and discussions can, at best, serve only as guides for the individual inward search. This search for the True Self should be accompanied by efforts to impartially observe, improve, and develop that personal self which is ordinarily accepted as the be-all and end-all of existence. Constant attempts to cultivate and maintain awareness of the True Self - the Overself - together with making it the object of his deepest love and humble worship, are among the qualifications essential to progress.
28 Mar 2012
The grand illumination itself is sudden but the process of achieving it is a task so complex that it can be carried through only by successive stages. For the obstructions to be cleared on the way are heavy and numerous…
28 Feb 2014
Only by a personal discovery of the soul, and consequently only by going inside himself to discover it, can a man know himself.
18 Jan 2016
Do not let the mind occupy itself with any thoughts whenever there is no actual matter needing attention.
3 Mar 2020
In the advanced practice of meditation it is not only required that the body shall be utterly relaxed but also that it shall be without the slightest movement from head to foot.
10 Mar 2020
The advanced form of meditation merges into contemplation. Here there is no special need to adopt any one posture or to sit in any one way. It is then a practice done in a more inwardly absorbed condition; the physical body and surroundings are less present or quite ignored.
30 Aug 2016
When Jesus invites men to ”cast all burdens upon me” and when Krishna invites them to ”cast off all works on me” both are suggesting that we should imagine all our troubles being borne and all our actions as being done by the higher self, if we have not yet found it, and should actually let it displace the personal ego in practical life, if we have.
28 Apr 2014
The method of meditation appropriate to this class of seekers is to transfer self-identity to the Overself in, and by, constantly repeated declarations of the truth.
13 Apr 2014
His dependence on self-effort must be balanced by his dependence on Grace. If he relies solely on his own endeavours to better his character and develop his intuition, he may find himself frustrated and unhappy with the result. Grace is to be invoked by making contact through prayer and meditation with his Overself. But the meditation should be of a special kind--what may be called the practice of nonduality. In it he should seek to identify himself with the universal and infinite power, to forget that he is an individual.
4 Jan 2012
A valuable practice of the Short Path is to see himself already enjoying the realization of its goal, already partaking of its glorious rewards. This is a visualizing exercise in which his own face confronts him, a smiling triumphant face, a calm peaceful face. It is to be done as many times every day as he can remember to do it.
19 Sep 2016
Because the Short Path is an attempt to withdraw from the ego's shade and to stand in the Overself's sunshine, it must be accompanied by the deliberate cultivation of a joyous attitude. And because it is so largely a withdrawal from the Long Path's disciplines, it must also be accompanied by a sense of freedom...
16 Aug 2016
... All meditations conducted on the philosophic ideal should end with the thoughts of others, with remembrance of their spiritual need, and with a sending-out of the light and grace received to bless individuals who need such help...
24 Aug 2013
The practice of extending love towards all living creatures brings on ecstatic states of cosmic joy.
23 Aug 2019
Would you have your friend live a better life? Picture only that better life in your thoughts of him.
7 Feb 2018
If, in the act of falling asleep, he invites the higher self through aspiration, he may one day find that in the act of waking up an inner voice begins to speak to him of high and holy things. And with the voice comes the inspiration, the strength, and the desire to live up to them.
8 Aug 2020
It is a valuable exercise to review at night the events of the past day or to review in the morning those which can be expected in the coming day.
15 Jul 2017
In those first moments when awakening from the nightly sleep we may enter a heavenly thought-free state. Or, if we cannot reach so high, we may receive thoughts which give guidance, tell us what to do, warn us against wrong decisions, or foretell the future.
4 May 2013
To play the role of an observer of life, his own life, is to assist the process of inwardly detaching himself from it. And the field of observation must include the mental events, the thought-happenings, also…
31 May 2013
The student has to stand aside from the thought-forms, which means that he must stand aside from the person and look at it as something external to himself. If and when he succeeds in getting behind it, he automatically adopts the standpoint of the Overself. He must make the person an object and the Overself its observer…
1 Jul 2018
The position of the impersonal observer is only a tentative one, assumed because it is a practical help perhaps midway toward the goal. For when it is well-established in understanding, outlook, and practice, something happens by itself: the observer and the observed ego with its body and world become swallowed up in the undivided Mind.
8 Apr 2019
Scott in his search for the South Pole amid ice-bound Antarctic wastes and Smythe in his quest for the summit of Mount Everest amid terrible avalanches of stone and snow, reported in their written accounts the sense of not being alone, of being companioned by a mystic unseen presence which bestowed a strange calm… What was the mystic presence which walked beside these men..? That power was nothing less than the Grace of the Overself…
25 May 2019
… Whoever successfully practises the Hidden Observer meditation will experience the sense of not being alone, of being companioned by a mystic presence which brings with it a benign sense of assurance and security. He will, however, experience much more than that.
16 Jun 2018
… The banishment of thoughts reveals the inner self…
30 Jun 2015
When a man has practised the witness exercise for some time and to some competency, he will become repeatedly aware of a curious experience. For a few minutes at most and often only for a few moments, he will seem to have stepped outside his body and to be confronting himself, looking at his own face as though it were someone else's. Or he will seem to be standing behind his own body and seeing his face from a side angle. This is an important and significant experience.
22 Aug 2016
He feels that he is gazing down at himself from a height, seeing his personal ego for the trivial thing that it is.
10 Feb 2015
One special exercise of the Short Path is easily done by some persons and gives them excellent results, although it is hard to do by others. It consists in refusing to let remain any particular mental registration of the surrounding place or people, or of any physical experience being undergone. Instead the mental image is to be firmly dismissed with the thought, ”This too is like a dream,” and then immediately forgotten. The exercise may be kept up for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time. The practical benefit it yields is to give improved self-control; the metaphysical benefit is to weaken the sway of illusion; the mystical benefit is to enable him to take the stand of the Witness-attitude more easily; and the personal benefit is to make him a freer and happier man.
22 Mar 2013
He has to learn a new art--that of remaining relaxed and at ease, almost an impassive observer, while his body or his intellect does its work in the world, performs in the role set for it.
11 Mar 2011
His role is to play witness of what he is, how he behaves, the thoughts he admits, just as if he were witnessing someone else....
17 Mar 2014
... He must begin by putting the ego, his own ego, forward as an object of observation... With time and practice, study and reflection, help and sincerity, some sort of impersonality and neutrality can be established. When inner stillness is fully reached, the work becomes much easier until it is completed by the grace of the higher Self, Overself…
27 Mar 2020
… He is conscious of his commonplace body; but he is also conscious of his awe-inspiring Overself. He sees the first as part of a passing show, himself as an uninvolved observer, and behind both the eternal Overself.
29 Mar 2014
The first important need is to separate himself in thought and outlook from the animal side of his nature--not for any moral reasons but for metaphysical ones--and part of the inner work which this calls for is to take up the observer role. He is to look at the body (and its actions, desires, and passions) as if it were apart from himself--in short, to gain a detached view…
9 Oct 2019
He participates in every action not only as the performer doing it but also as the audience seeing it.
7 Sep 2011
Let him play the part of a witness to his own ego, through all its experiences and vicissitudes. In that way he will be emulating by effort those enlightened men to whom the part comes easily and naturally by their own development.
29 Jul 2018
His role in everyday life is a double one: that of being both the world's actor and a spectator.
22 Aug 2018
The attitude of detached and impartial observer helps to protect him, to diminish his animality, and to correct his egoism…
5 Dec 2018
As meditation is practised, further indrawing takes place and the apparatus for thinking is repudiated in turn. ”I am not this mind.” The process continues further; as the self ever draws inward he casts off, one by one, all that he once held to be himself.
23 Nov 2017
The question Who am I? is asked somewhere in that monumental ancient book The Yoga Vasistha. It was often included centuries later by Saint Francis in his prayers. But Sri Ramana Maharshi gave it central importance in his advice to spiritual seekers and meditators.
7 Jun 2018
Not only all other men's bodies but also his own must be regarded as objects to Consciousness…
24 Sep 2011
What is the practical use of enquiring, ”To whom is this experience happening? To whom this pain, this joy, this distress, or this good fortune?” First, it makes him remember the quest upon which he is embarked by reminding him that it is the ego which is feeling these changes and that he is not to identify himself with it and thus limit his possibilities if he really seeks the higher self behind it. Second, it suggests that he look for the root of his ego and with it his hidden ”I” instead of merely being swept away by what is happening within the ego itself.
20 Sep 2011
... He pretends to be what he aims to become: thinks, speaks, acts, behaves as a master of emotion, desire, ego because he would be one. But he should play this game for, and to, himself alone, not to enlarge himself in others' eyes, lest he sow the seed of a great vanity.
8 Mar 2012
... He accepts the truth, passed down to him by the Enlightened Ones, that in his inmost essence he is Reality. This leads to the logical consequence that he should disregard personal feelings which continue from past tendencies, habits, attitudes, and think and act as if he were himself an enlightened one…
1 Dec 2018
On this Short Path he searches into the meaning of Being, of being himself and of being-in-itself, until he finds its finality…
4 Jan 2019
… For now he knows by evidence, study, and reflection that the Overself is behind, and is the very source of, his ego, just as he knows by the experience of feeling during his brief Glimpses. Bringing this strong conviction into thought and act and attitude is the Heavenly Way [or As If] exercise, a principal one on the Short Path…
26 Aug 2013
... Through the understanding of the Short Path he searches knowingly, not wanting another experience since both wanting and experiencing put him out of the essential Self. He thinks and acts as if he is that Self, which puts him back into It…
7 Feb 2014
It is objected, why search at all if one really is the Overself? Yes, there comes a time when the deliberate purposeful search for the Overself has to be abandoned for this reason. Paradoxically, it is given up many times, whenever he has a Glimpse, for at such moments he knows that he always was, is, and will be the Real, that there is nothing new to be gained or searched for…
16 Aug 2020
… the fact remains that past tendencies of thought rise up after every Glimpse and overpower the mind, causing it to lose this insight and putting it back on the quest again. While this happens he must continue the search, with this difference, that he no longer searches blindly, as in earlier days, believing that he is an ego trying to transform itself into the Overself, trying to reach a new attainment in time by evolutionary stages…
3 Aug 2013
Practice of the As If exercise is like being spiritually reborn and finding a new way of life. It gives courage to those who feel grievously inadequate, hope to those who feel hooked by their past failures.
11 Sep 2013
... He is to see himself doing successfully what he seeks to do, and the sight is to be accompanied by intense faith and firm conviction. The desirable qualities of character are to be thought of as already existing and possessed, already expressing themselves in action and living. Furthermore they are to be pictured vividly and clearly; they must be understood without any uncertainty, dimness, or hesitation.
27 Jan 2020
The ”As If” exercise is not merely pretense or make-believe. It requires penetrative study and sufficient understanding of the high character and spiritual consciousness in the part to be played, the role to be enacted, the auto-suggestion to be realized.
6 Mar 2020
When the assaults of man's animal nature, the instincts of his body, have to be dealt with, a swift assumption of the AS IF attitude is necessary.
18 Jun 2014
A part of the practical technique for attaining the inner awareness of this timeless reality is the practice of the AS IF exercise... The practitioner regards himself no longer from the standpoint of the quester, but from that of the Realized Man. He assumes, in thought and action, that he has nothing to attain…
29 Oct 2014
The self-identification with the Overself should be as perfect as he can make it. He is to be it, and not merely the student meditating on it.
22 Mar 2012
This practice in the Short Path of self-identification with the Overself is to be done both casually at odd moments and deliberately at daily contacts in meditation. It is through them--whenever the identification is effectual--that Grace gets some of its chance to work its transformation upon him.
17 Aug 2015
Whatever name be given to this exercise, whether ”As If” or another, its essence is to consider the goal as already reached, to convert the end of the quest into the beginning…
30 Oct 2013
Even if he has no spiritual experience at all but only complete faith in it, even if he cannot live the role of the illumined fulfilled man, then let him act it. This is an exercise to be practised. Let him try to think and behave as if his quest is successful, let him copy the fulfilled philosopher.
2 Sep 2013
This practice of picturing oneself as one ought to be, of visualizing the man free from negative qualities and radiant with positive ones that are part of the Quest's ideal, has near-magical results.
2 Oct 2013
Let him picture his own self as if it were at the end of its quest. Let him see it enthroned on the summit of power and engaged in tranquil meditation for his own joy and for mankind's welfare.
3 Jul 2013
He learns that he may set his own limits, that so long as he thinks all day that he is only this person, doing and speaking in the ordinary way what men usually do, then he is certainly nothing more. But if he starts the day on a higher level, thinking that he is divine in his inmost being, and keeps on that level as the hours pass, then he will feel closer to it. This is a practical procedure, one which has its effect on consciousness, on character, and on events.
14 Mar 2016
The method of the Short Path is to affirm that in the heavenly consciousness of the Overself there is no evil, no wrong-doing, no sinfulness, and no faultiness; and that because the true being of man is there the aspirant should identify himself with it...
3 Feb 2011
He will not have to struggle as on the Long Path. There will no more be irksome effort. The mind will be glad to rest in this positive state, if he holds from the very beginning the faith that it already is accomplished, that the aspiration toward it is being fulfilled now, not at some unknown distant time. Such an attitude engenders something more than pleasant feelings of hope and optimism: it engenders subconscious power.
25 Oct 2019
The old trouble-bringing attitudes and self-frustrating ways are the ego's. At the appearance of irritating circumstances, go into reverse by practising the ”As If” exercise and thus lift up consciousness here and now.
11 May 2015
... The divinity is there, within you; have faith that it is so and entrust yourself to it.
23 Mar 2018
… The divinity is there, within you; have faith that it is so and entrust yourself to it.
10 Jan 2020
He cannot be a philosopher part of the time and an unawakened unenlightened person the remainder (or most) of the time: but he can, for the sake of this exercise, imaginatively think that he is one. In the light of his antecedent personal history, the attempt may be an audacious one; but if his present longing, determination, and self-discipline are large enough, it may become a magical transforming one.
13 Feb 2020
He shapes himself into another person in imagination, in faith, and in will. For a while he creates the illusion of a new destiny accompanying this new person. Is this not a veritable rebirth? Does he not get away from the old everyday person and forget him utterly through this miraculous transformation? He lives so completely in this visualized ideal self that there is no space left for the old faults, the old weaknesses to creep in.
17 Jan 2020
Even if it only be a pose that is cultivated, it still remains a valuable discipline and exercise which gives good results. For it has much suggestive power, this ”As If” method, and is an essential part of the Short Path.
9 Jun 2014
Why should the Short Path be a better means of getting Grace than the Long one? There is not only the reason that it is not occupied with the ego but also that it continually keeps up remembrance of the Overself. It does this with a heart that gives, and is open to receive, love. It thinks of the Overself throughout the day. Thus, it not only comes closer to the source from which Grace is being perpetually radiated, but it also is repeatedly inviting Grace with each loving remembrance.
12 Nov 2016
Any action must be properly timed if it is to give its best return, but the remembrance exercise is the only kind which can be done at any time--now--and in any place--here. This simple movement of the mind in remembrance is easy enough for anyone at any stage of evolution to perform yet important enough for the wisest of us.
22 Jul 2016
To acknowledge this Presence and this Power within him as continually or as often as he can, is a practice whose results are larger than its simplicity suggests.
26 Oct 2017
The basis of this exercise is that the remembering of the Overself leads in time to the forgetting of the ego…
6 Mar 2011
To keep the Overself constantly in our thoughts is one of the easiest ways to become worthy of its grace.
6 Oct 2019
… ”I look after the interests and safety of those who are perpetually engaged on My service, and whose thoughts are always about Me and Me alone.” The Overself speaking through Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita…
18 Jan 2012
How long should a man practise this remembrance of the Overself? He will need to practise it so long as he needs to struggle with his ego.
26 May 2020
No amount of exaggerated homage to a guru can take the place of remembering the Real.
3 Apr 2020
Emerson knew this practice. By His remembrance, life becomes pervaded with nectarine bliss, he said.
13 Mar 2016
If the past is unredeemable, and the future unpredictable, what more practical course is open than to safeguard the present by constant remembrance of the divine?
14 Jul 2019
The practice of recollection was, and still is, used by the Sufis, Muhammedan mystics, to draw the feelings more and more away from the earthly things to the divine.
1 Oct 2017
… The door upon which you may have been knocking a long time in vain will open to your frequent loving remembrances.
3 May 2017
The Vedas tell us that the constant remembrance and thinking of oneself as pure Spirit makes one overcome delusion and obtain Truth.
2 Sep 2016
Constant remembrance of the Overself's presence becomes a way to counter the much more evident presence of the body and the world--that is, the illusion of matter.
30 Jul 2019
His awareness is still only a babe; it needs to grow and growth calls for nourishment. This he is to give by the simple act of remembering and attending to it.
4 Feb 2012
Fix the attention undividedly upon the Overself which is anchored in your heart-centre. Then everything you do during the day will naturally be divinely inspired action and true service. The Overself is your true source of power: turn towards it and receive its constructive guidance for your task of daily living.
1 Dec 2019
By reorienting thought toward Overself, forgetfulness sets in for the little self: the measure of one is the measure of the other.
25 Apr 2020
It is needful to reserve a part of one's being, consciousness, or thought, for this unique remembrance, which is of a value set apart from all others.
14 Jul 2015
By keeping close to the Overself he can gain its protective guiding or helpful influence. No day should pass without its remembrance, no enterprise should be begun without its invocation.
30 May 2020
Shams Tabriz: Keep God in remembrance until the self is forgotten. Here is a whole yoga path in one short, simple sentence.
13 Nov 2010
The best way to honour this immense truth of the ever-present reality of the Overself is to remember it--as often, as continuously, and as determinedly as possible. It is not only the best way but also the most rewarding one. For then its saving grace may bestow great blessing.
13 Mar 2018
To put oneself regularly into the practice of this remembrance is to come within the cheering warmth of these higher truths.
1 Jul 2013
Better than any long-drawn yoga discipline is the effort to rivet one's hold on the here-and-now of one's divinity.
15 Jul 2011
... The Overself Remembrance Exercise is to be practised at all times, in all places and under all bodily conditions. It consists of the constant loving recall to mind of the existence of, and his inner identity with, the Overself. It involves the repeated and devoted recollection that there is this other and greater self, a warm, felt, living thing, overshadowing and watching over him. It should be continued until he is able to keep the thought of the Overself as a kind of setting for all his other thoughts...
3 Jan 2012
... If he has ever had a glimpse of a supersensuous higher existence which profoundly impressed him and perhaps led him to take to the quest, it is most important that he should also insert the remembrance of this experience into his exercise. He should try to bring as vividly as possible to his mind the sense of peace and exaltation which he then felt.
13 Oct 2012
... When the remembrance becomes ceaseless flow, the Overself will bring him a remarkable fruitage of grace. When he turns habitually inwards toward the Overself, grace can operate more readily in all matters.When the grace starts working, this is likely to remove a number of internal and external obstacles in his path--sometimes in a seemingly miraculous manner--and eventually bring him to a truer self-awareness.
24 May 2014
The Overself Remembrance Exercise: Though the foreground of his consciousness is busy attending to the affairs of daily living, its background abides in a kind of sacred emptiness wherein no other thought may intrude than this thought of the Overself…
19 Mar 2016
... The Overself remembrance should be held in the back of the mind, even though he may appear to be properly attentive to external matters...
23 Mar 2016
... The Overself remembrance exercise has a peculiar potency of its own despite its informal and unprogrammed character...
31 Jul 2016
He should train himself in the Overself remembrance exercise (1) until it becomes quite easy and effortless, (2) until this inward concentration has been set in habitual motion, (3) until the remembrance continues of its own accord and (4) until its practice has become firmly and successfully established as ceaseless flow...
20 Mar 2020
… The remembrance exercise must be a warm, felt, living thing if the spirit of the exercise is to be retained and not lost.
28 May 2012
The Overself is a term of which past experience may furnish no meaning. But perhaps you have had strangely beautiful moments when everything seemed to be still, when an ethereal world of being seemed very near to you. Well, in those moments you were lifted up to the Overself…
14 Sep 2015
His practice of constantly bringing the Overself to mind is a valuable part of the aspirant's equipment. Each remembrance has a twofold value: first, as a mystical exercise to cultivate concentration, and second, as a recurrent turning-away from worldly thoughts to spiritual ones.
16 Jan 2012
It could well be said that the essence of the Short Path is remembering who he is, what he is, and then attending to this memory as often as possible.
23 Aug 2020
Concentrate on reliving in intense memorized detail former moments of egoless illumination.
12 Jan 2015
... If the effort to remember the Overself is kept up again and again, it attenuates the materialistic mental tendencies inherited from former lives and arrests the natural restlessness of attention. It eventually achieves a mystical concentration of thoughts akin in character to that reached during set periods of meditation, but with the added advantage of not stopping the transaction of worldly activity…
11 Apr 2020
… Moments of utter inward stillness may come to him. The ordinary familiar ego will then desert him with a lightning-like suddenness and with hardly less brevity. Let him fix these moments firmly in his memory. They are to be used in the ensuing years as themes for meditation and goals for striving.
18 Jan 2011
A useful method is to stop whatever he is doing, remain still, and let his mind fly back to the thought of the Overself. He is to make this break several times a day, the more often the better, but he may find it easier to begin with only two or three times a day and gradually to extend the number over a few months.
8 Apr 2020
Those moments when the feeling of something beyond his present existence comes to him are precious indeed. They must be eagerly welcomed and constantly nourished by dwelling upon them again and again, both in remembrance and in meditation. The loving recollection of those beautiful inspired moments and the intense concentration upon them is in itself a mystical exercise of special importance. This exercise is designed to help the learner transcend his attachment to externality, his tendency to live in the senses as though they alone reported reality.
16 Apr 2020
It is not only needful to practise this remembrance as often as convenient or even possible, but also for as long as convenient or possible.
28 Jul 2020
There is one method whereby the treasures found in meditation may be brought, little by little, into the active state. This is to try to recollect, at odd times during the day, the peace, bliss, strength, or truth, or any messages gleaned during the best moments of the preceding meditation. The more often this is done, the sooner will the gap between meditation and activity be bridged.
28 Apr 2016
What Confucius called the Superior Man will constantly keep his mind on superior topics and not waste its energy on trivialities. And the best of all these topics is the Overself--the glimpses of its nature, the remembrance of its being his essential selfhood.
27 Aug 2012
The effort at this higher stage (Short Path) is not to follow fixed schedules for mental quiet but constantly to remember Overself…
24 Jun 2019
… When feeling a descent of the stillness the aspirant is told to drop whatever he is doing and to hold himself in the stillness as long as he can or as long as it is there…
12 Nov 2017
He should try to remember the inner and outer conditions under which the glimpse came to him and, temporarily, try to make them again part of himself and his surroundings. He is to do so as if he were an actor appearing in this part on a stage. For the time being, he must think, feel, and live as if the experience is really happening, the glimpse really recurring…
8 May 2017
In this matter the words of the Koran must be taken literally: “Believers hasten to the remembrance of Allah and leave off all business.”
3 Jun 2018
When this stage is attained, the work he has to do in reorienting attention toward the Overself-thought is not any more for the particular sessions of meditation practice alone, but also to be kept up during the day's activities. Attention will have to be returned again and again…
30 Aug 2011
There is no moment when this work of inner remembrance may stop. It ought to start at the time of rising from bed in the morning and continue to the time of retiring to bed at night.
20 Aug 2013
It is possible that he may fall into the mistaken belief that because he has relieved himself of the duties and toils of the Long Path, he has little else to do than give himself up to idle dreaming and lazy optimism. No--he has taken on himself fresh duties and other toils, even though they are of a different kind. He has to learn the true meaning of pray without ceasing as well as to practise it. He has to meditate twenty times a day, even though each session will not be longer than a minute or two. He has to recollect himself, his essential divinity, a hundred times a day…
26 Jul 2013
This work of constant remembrance is one of self-training. The mind is accustomed by habit and nature to stay in the ego. It has to be pulled out and placed in the thought of the higher self, and kept there.
27 Sep 2013
You should imaginatively recapture it as if its benign presence comes over you, its goodwill pervades you, its guidance helps you, and its peace enfolds you.
10 May 2011
Continuous remembrance of the Stillness, accompanied by automatic entry into it, is the sum and substance of the Short Path, the key practice to success. At all times, under all circumstances, this is to be done. That is to say, it really belongs to and is part of the daily and ordinary routine existence. Consequently, whenever it is forgotten, the practitioner must note his failure and make instant correction. The inner work is kept up until it goes on by itself.
19 Oct 2019
The essence of the matter is that he should be constantly attentive to the intuitive feeling in the heart and not let himself be diverted from it by selfishness, emotion, cunning, or passion.
15 Jul 2013
One of the most valuable forms of yoga is the yoga of constant remembrance. Its subject may be a mystical experience, intuition, or idea. In essence it is really an endeavour to insert the transcendental atmosphere into the mundane life.
15 Feb 2014
The method of this exercise is to maintain uninterruptedly and unbrokenly the remembrance of the soul's nearness, the soul's reality, the soul's transcendence. The goal of this exercise is to become wholly possessed by the soul itself.
1 Jan 2012
This constant remembrance of the higher self becomes in time like a kind of holy communion.
17 Feb 2014
Stick to the remembrance of the Overself with dogged persistence wherever you are and whatever you are doing. This is one of the easiest, the simplest, and the safest of all yoga paths to reach the goal effectively…
1 May 2011
He must think as often and as intently of the Overself as an infatuated girl thinks of the next appointed meeting with her lover. His whole heart must be held captive, as it were, by this aspiration. This is to be practised not only at set formal times but also constantly throughout the day as an exercise in recollection. This yoga, done at all times and in all places, becomes a permanent life and not merely a transient exercise. This practice of constant remembrance of the Overself purifies the mind and gradually renders it naturally introverted, concentrates and eventually illumines it.
18 Jan 2019
Take it with you wherever you go--first, in remembrance as Idea, then, as you develop, in actuality as Presence.
4 Oct 2016
With his mind constantly reverting to the Overself (like a silent mantram) as the Reality to which he aspires, the inner work goes on.
30 Nov 2011
Once you have caught this inner note in your experience of your own self-existence, try to adhere firmly to the listening attitude which catches it.
17 Jun 2014
Reminiscence--recollection by the mind of its own identity--is itself equal to a meditation.
2 Jul 2013
Every time he departs from the stillness there is needed a warning awareness. This does not easily or normally come by itself but by self-training, self-observation--mindfulness, the Buddha called it…
11 Jul 2020
The Short Path not only requires him to turn his attention in the Overself's direction but also to maintain it there.
23 Jan 2012
Be present at your thinking and breathing and feeling and doing. This is what the Buddha called ”mindfulness.” But the highest possible form of mindfulness is to be present with the Overself for, after all, the other four are concerned with the ego, even though they are attempts to free yourself from it; but here it concerns that which completely transcends the ego.
26 Dec 2017
The loving, adoring recollection of the Overself, the constant return to memory of it amid the world's distractions, the reiteration of this divine thought as a permanent background to all other thinking, is itself a yoga path. Indeed it is the same as that taught by Saint Paul when he wrote, ”Pray without ceasing” and ”Bring every thought into captivity to Jesus Christ.”
5 Nov 2015
The immediate task is to become increasingly aware of the Overself's presence…
16 Jun 2015
When activity of any kind, in work or in leisure, takes place in this atmosphere of remembrance, it becomes sacramental even though the ordinary observer may not know it.
25 Mar 2011
The goal is to remember the Overself without interruption and at all times.
24 Jan 2011
He learns to look away from the ego and turn to the Overself. He keeps his thoughts as often as possible on the remembrance of the latter's infinite ever-presence. He keeps his heart occupied with the feelings of peace, faith, harmony, and freedom that this remembrance generates.
17 Jan 2015
This act of recollection requires no effort, no exercise of the power of will. It is an act of turning in, through and by the power of love, toward the source of being. Love redirects the attention and love keeps it concentrated, sustained, obedient.