You may have noticed that all great spiritual traditions are
talking about the same truth. All rivers lead to the ocean,
but if you keep changing rivers it may take you a very long
time to get there! After you have checked out the spiritual
supermarket, pick one teaching and stick with it. Then read
sacred texts and associate with wise sages. Use all of your
time wisely toward your own liberation.
Contemplate and fully consider the teachings. Don't just believe
them. See if they hold true for you. Use your mind like a sword
to cut through illusion. Keep the teaching always in mind. Try
to get to the deepest meaning of the words.
How can this be so? How does it apply to me? Eventually you
will cut through ALL limiting ideas and concepts.
The true meaning of the words will be understood directly without
the limiting adjunct of the mind. The teaching will be your
Set time aside every day just to sit and be with yourself. Sit
comfortably in a position such that you will not fall asleep
in. Bring your attention inward, away from all worldly distractions.
In our way, being with yourself involves finding out who that
self is! We ask ourselves the question "Who Am I?"
It is called self inquiry. It is not watching thoughts. It is
diving directly into who has the thoughts. It is a systematic
looking at who you believe yourself to be. Are you really a
body? Are you always a body? Are you any of your thoughts, or
all of your thoughts put together? If something arises in meditation,
to whom is it arising? Who you are has to be true ALL the time.
If something comes and goes (like a body) it can't be you. If
you hold onto your sense of "I" and keep eliminating
the "I" that is seen as an object -- you will always
come to a vaster, more formless "I".