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SPIRITUAL IDEALS AND THEIR PRACTICE by Swami Brahmatmananda
July 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
SIX LESSONS ON RAJA YOGA BY SWAMI VIVEKANANDA
The mind acts in and under consciousness. What we call consciousness is only one link in the infinite chain that is our nature.
This “I” of ours covers just a little consciousness and a vast amount of unconsciousness, while over it, and mostly unknown to it, is the superconscious plane.
Through faithful practice, layer after layer of the mind opens before us, and each reveals new facts to us. We see as it were new worlds created before us, new powers are put into our hands, but we must not stop by the way or allow ourselves to be dazzled by these “beads of glass” when the mine of diamonds lies before us.
God alone is our goal. Failing to reach God, we die.
Three things are necessary to the student who wishes to succeed. First. Give up all ideas of enjoyment in this world and the next, care only for God and Truth. We are here to know truth, not for enjoyment. Leave that to brutes who enjoy as we never can. Man is a thinking being and must struggle on until he conquers death, until he sees the light. He must not spend himself in vain talking that bears no fruit. Worship of society and popular opinion is idolatry. The soul has no sex, no country, no place, no time.
Second. Intense desire to know Truth and God. Be eager for them, long for them, as a drowning man longs for breath. Want only God, take nothing else, let not “seeming” cheat you any longer. Turn from all and seek only God.
Third. The six trainings: First — restraining the mind from going outward. Second — restraining the senses. Third — turning the mind inward. Fourth — suffering everything without murmuring. Fifth — fastening the mind to one idea. Take the subject before you and think it out; never leave it. Do not count time. Sixth — think constantly of your real nature. Get rid of superstition. Do not hypnotise yourself into a belief in your own inferiority. Day and night tell yourself what you really are, until you realise (actually realise) your oneness with God.
Without these disciplines, no results can be gained.
We can be conscious of the Absolute, but we can never express It. The moment we try to express It, we limit It and It ceases to be Absolute.
We have to go beyond sense limit and transcend even reason, and we have the power to do this.