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Choosing the Highest "T"

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  • Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati
    From the article: Choosing the Highest T http://www.swamij.com/ts.htm The mind naturally has priorities of this over that. Sometimes our priorities are made
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      From the article:
      Choosing the Highest "T"

      The mind naturally has priorities of this over that. Sometimes our
      priorities are made by conscious choice, but often one goal has
      precedence over the other by means of unconscious happenstance. In
      our journey of Yoga and Meditation we may look for one or more of
      these "T's," with one generally being dominant over the others:


      Seek Truth alone, and the others will come.

      TRUTH: This is the highest to seek. If we seek Truth, cultivating
      that flame of desire to burn ever more brightly in the inner chamber
      of the heart, then all of the other "T's" will come along in time, as
      a natural process. Some Teacher will show up, and we will find the
      right Texts for us. We will find Teachings through classes or other
      learning experiences, and specific Training in methods. All of these
      will come, as if by magnetic pull, by clearly focusing on the highest
      priority of seeking Truth. That burning desire gradually burns up
      other, less useful desires.

      TEACHER: It is easy to fall into the trap of putting first priority
      on finding a Teacher. There are many so-called Teachers available who
      will quickly enter into a master-servant relationship. The photo can
      be put on an altar, and the Teacher worshipped, while little may
      happen in true advancement. It has been widely said that when the
      student is ready, the Teacher will appear. For one who most sincerely
      puts the seeking of Truth number one, Teacher or Teachers will most
      definitely come to help show the way.

      TRADITION: To have a well known tradition or group with which to
      identify can be very comforting to the mind, providing both a sense
      of personal stability and a feeling of being in community with
      others. However, in the absence of a deeper, stronger longing and
      conviction for Truth itself, the Tradition may be, in effect, little
      more than joining a social organization. For the sincere seeker who
      puts the desire for Truth first and foremost, an authentic Tradition
      will come, along with a proper Teacher from that Tradition.

      TEACHINGS: There is no end to the classes, seminars, or lectures one
      might attend so as to get more Teachings, more information. It is
      easy to sit around with other people of so-called like mind, or to
      debate endlessly on internet discussion forums, and completely miss
      the direct experience of Truth. The Teachings are essential on the
      journey, but must be done in the context of the intense clarity of
      conviction for Truth. That inner drive for nothing less than absolute
      Truth, constantly cultivated, brings life and meaning to the

      TRAINING: Hands on, direct training in the specific methods is an
      important thing, but often is done without a deep drive for Truth
      itself. One may do exercises, for example, that make the body
      flexible, enliven energy, or concentrate the mind, but the
      practitioner not know what to do with their effects, nor their nature
      understood, nor their significance in relation to the realization of
      Truth. Methods that build upon the prerequisite longing and focus on
      seeking of Truth are of far greater value than that of mere
      physiological benefits.

      TEXTS: There are thousands upon thousands of books, with more and
      more being written and published every year. One can read and read
      and read some more, gaining a greater and greater ability to
      intellectually describe or argue the principles. A library of tens of
      thousands of books is of little value without the higher priority of
      Truth. With the fire of desire for Truth, the Texts are useful, but
      there is also an inner longing to distill their wisdom, to set those
      books aside, and dive deep into the inner experience of Truth itself.

      CHOOSING TRUTH: By choosing to focus on the highest "T," all of the
      others fall into place. It surely takes effort, but all of the others
      rest on the firm, unwavering, intense, and clear first priority of
      seeking Truth itself. If one has a lesser goal, one of the
      other "T's," there may be a temporary feeling of satisfaction from
      having attained what is wanted. If a Teacher is there, then that
      desire is fulfilled. If Teachings are found, there is satisfaction.
      If Training is received, there is confidence. When Texts are read,
      there is a contentment of sorts. Each of these can, standing alone,
      lead to a sense of pseudo peace, even though they fall far short of

      However, for one who deeply longs for Truth alone, there remains a
      nagging sense of being incomplete until that Realization comes. This
      takes great strength, the strength of sankalpa or determination. To
      hold onto the desire for Truth, and to allow that one desire to
      become ever stronger naturally brings the others along. This is not
      to suggest that suffering and pain are sought for their own sake. The
      single-minded desire for Truth, by whatever other name one may call
      it, stands alone as the prime desire, goal, and experience of the
      human. One who feels that drive as number one on the list of desires,
      or things to do, is most fortunate, and will eventually find that

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