PUT IT INTO PRACTICE WHOLE-HEARTEDLY
Even the great ones often fail to get a grip on eternity. At Hyderabad there is a well-known saint. His following runs into thousands, but even he has yet to find out truth.
Jisay pata laga hai uska pata kisiko nahin lagta (NONE CAN KNOW THE ONE WHO HAS FOUND GOD)....
Hearing is not equal to understanding. Understanding is not equal to conception. Conception is not equal to perception. Perception is not equal to experience. Experience is not equal to becoming God-realized.
To realize God is to become God, for you are eternally God, but you do not know it. When God becomes man (Avatar) He understands completely why you do not know that you are God, and He knows how you can become THAT.
There can be nothing like a rigid set of rules to outline the means by which you may be led to the one and only path to God-realization. This path lies through the subtle and mental spheres, which are independent of and "above" [in reality there is no "above" or "below"] the gross sphere with its innumerable stars, suns, moons and worlds, including the earth.
Whatever brings you nearer to the path and suits you best, is best for you, provided you are able to put it into practice whole-heartedly and in harmony with the natural bent of your mind. A good runner who remains indifferent to racing cannot make good progress, but a lame man who keeps on limping vigorously may soon arrive at the path. If it is not used properly the best car is virtually useless to the traveler, however concerned he may be to arrive at his destination.
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 for him. The next best thing then is for man to purify his heart. This is also very difficult because every action, whether trivial or important, good or bad, has left its impression on his mind.
LISTEN, HUMANITY, pp. 40-41, ed. D. E. Stevens
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