THE WHOLE OF CREATION IS A PLAY OF THOUGHTS
But you cannot realize your freedom by merely hearing this from me, because your mind continues to entangle you in illusion. Therefore you only understand what I'm telling you. For the truth you must let your mind be halted. Then as soon as you see me as I really am, you will find yourself to be your own infinite and eternal self.
Hearing is not understanding. Understanding is not conception. Conception is not perception. Perception is not experience. Experience is not being God-realized.
I have already told you that love for God and obedience to a Master are beyond the reach of man on his own, and that complete surrender is almost impossible. The best thing is for man to purify his heart.
The best way to cleanse the heart and to prepare for the stilling of the mind is to lead a normal life in the world. Living in the midst of your day-to-day duties, responsibilities, likes and dislikes becomes the very means for the purification of your heart. For the purification of your heart, leave your thoughts alone but maintain constant vigil over your actions. Let thoughts come and go without putting them into action.
It is better to feel angry sometimes rather than merely to repress anger. Although your mind may be angry do not let your heart know it. Remain unaffected. If you never feel angry you will be like stone, in which form the mind is least developed.
Let the thoughts of anger, lust and greed come and go freely without putting them into words and deeds. Then the related impressions in your mind begin to wear out and become less harmful.
When you feel angry or have lustful thoughts, remember Baba at once. Let my name serve as a net around you.
THE GOD-MAN, p. 286, C. B. Purdom
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