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The Internal Whip

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Application - that is what 'Workings-days' are about!

A little interlude from lists of 'vices' before going on to have a look at some of the virtues to be inculcated.  Today, we pick up on the two shlokas mentioned in last week's Choose-day post on the matter of mumukshutvam.

It was mentioned that four shlokas were given in Vivekachoodamani.  We saw that, to achieve anything in life it is necessary to have a strong and abiding passion to master the techniques required for that achievement.  In the topic under consideration here, it is of course emancipation of our spirit which is sought. This comes at the cost of comfort.  Not just in the obvious material meaning of the word, but also in our very personality. Is there any spiritual philosophy which does not advocate temperance, simplicity and the dropping of our acquisitiveness? We need constant reminders! The concept of "Happiness is a state of mind" rings forth in many guises, but the fact of the matter is in the truth of the statement.  Unless we are 'prepared to prepare', to put into practice the tenets given to us over and over again, how can we expect to gain our desired tranquility. If we are genuine in our wish for the ultimate contentment, the peace which passeth all… there is no margin for compromise. No one voices this more clearly than Gurudev.

Take time now to revisit the terminology of the saadhana chatushtaya. Attempt to memorise the terms and the basic interpretations. Begin a relationship with the four; which is to say, with yourself and thus with Brahman. 

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