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    The Competent Living Teacher Meditation Sangat: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MeditationSangat { The things that aren t said can be more important than those
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      The Competent Living Teacher

      Meditation Sangat:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MeditationSangat
      {"The things that aren't said can be more important
      than those that are." -- Dr. Vincent "Wally" Bolé}


      Those who are pure in heart,
      who practice Meditation
      and conquer their senses and passions,
      shall attain the immortal Self,
      Source of all Light and Source of all Life.

      Action prompted by pleasure or profit
      Cannot help anyone to cross this ocean of samsara.
      Seek a teacher who has realized the Self.
      To a student whose heart is full of love,
      Who has conquered his senses and passions,
      The teacher will reveal the Lord of Love.

      Imperishable is the Lord of Love.
      As from a blazing fire thousands of sparks leap forth,
      So countless beings arise
      From the Lord of Love and return to him.

      -- Mundaka Upanishad
      "The Upanishads"
      Eknath Easwaran translation
      Nilgiri Press

      Saints and sages have unveiled all the mysteries of the spiritual
      journey and of self-realization in their discourses. All the
      techniques have been documented in books. But without an
      accomplished teacher, we will not be able to understand the correct
      technique of true knowledge just by reading.

      In the Bhagavad-Gita Lord Krishna says that for learning spiritual
      knowledge we must seek help from an accomplished seer [male or
      female]:

      "For learning spiritual knowledge you should go to the
      one who is a seer. Pay your respect to him, serve him
      and question him and express your desire for learning.
      Then he will fulfill your desire and answer your questions."

      Consider for a moment the nature of knowledge you wish to learn.
      After high school, the student thinks his direction and chooses a
      field of study: liberal arts, commerce, or science. If, for example,
      the student wants to learn liberal arts but goes to a professor of
      science instead, will this teacher have much to offer? The student
      must choose a professor proficient in the knowledge he wishes to
      learn. In the same manner, if you want to learn spiritual knowledge,
      then you must go to a spiritually competent teacher.

      The appropriate spiritual teacher should be a person who has
      considered and discovered the realities of Atma and anatma (Spirit
      and matter, bondage and Liberation), and who practices a spiritual
      path. Such a teacher should have attained direct experience of Truth
      through spiritual disciplines. This is teacher you should take
      instruction from. The grace of teacher is also necessary for success
      in the spiritual pursuit. When you learn the methods for inner
      meditation, you should practice diligently. Moral rectitude is also
      very essential in this pursuit.

      This is the seventh limb of yoga, dhyana (meditation; absorption).
      When one has become accomplished in dhyana then one attains Samadhi
      (union).

      -- Sri Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj
      "The Harmony of All Religions"
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