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The Future, the past and the Presence of Spiritual Practice

 

Sadhana or spiritual practice begins in that place where you make this knot, the self contraction, this fundamental discomfort. It has the characteristic of fear and you basically experience that fear as a kind of anxiety in the pit of your stomach.

If you are not really in touch with this self-contraction, you at times may experience the anxiety that is constantly underlying and motivating your behavior, your moment to moment existence. With this anxiety, you build all kinds of stuff on top of it and desensitize yourself to it. This self-contraction is the quality of anxiety, of your moment to moment existence and it is a stressful anxiety.

You may want to forestall the observation of this uncomfortable feeling, that realization. But you can't begin real spiritual life unless you start to observe and understand the mechanism of it. But once you do and get bit, that's it! Unless you find yourself out you will be continually running from it, covering it over with all kinds of enquires, philosophies, psychological investigations and all other mental means of avoiding something deep in your psyche. Once you do observe this fundamental contraction, then you can't escape it, and that's when sadhana really begins. That's when sadhana starts becoming profoundly effective.

Adi Da Samraj, unpublished talk 1974 (Beezone edit)

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Adi Da, Ramana Maharshi, Nityananda, Shridi Sai Baba, Upasani Baba,  Seshadri Swamigal , Meher Baba, Sivananda, Ramsuratkumar
"The perfect among the sages is identical with Me. There is absolutely no difference between us"
Tripura Rahasya, Chap XX, 128-133


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