Thus Spoke My Guru - II PURIFICATION OF MIND

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Conditions essential to attain self-realisation are:

Intense Desire for freedom from bondage--'Mumuksha'

A feeling of Disgust with the material world--'Virakti'

Introversion or inward gazing--'Antarmukhata'

Purging of one's sins-Catharsis;

Right Conduct;

Preference for Good over pleasant things--'Shreyas over Preyas'

Control of Mind & Senses

Purification of Mind--desirelessness--makes for 'Viveka & Vairgya '

Understanding Necessity of a Guru; and

Finally

Lord's Grace (without which nothing is possible)
Unless Greed or Avarice is overcome, Self-Realisation cannot be attained. How can a Mind immersed in Wealth, Progeny or Prosperity expect to know SELF without shedding such attachments? A person devoid of desire can ALONE cross this whirlpool.

For Greed & Self are poles apart--eternal opposites. Where there is greed, there is hardly any room for Meditation on Self. Then how is Salvation possible ? A greedy man has no Peace, Contentment, nor Steadiness of Mind. Hence, all the Sadhanas (Spiritual Practices) are of no use to him.

Therefore, Purification of Mind is absolutely necessary for any Spritual Endeavor One must accept only what can be digested or assimilated.

Source: Sai Satcharitra by Hemad Pant & sabkamalikek.org