Q1. What are the marks of a real teacher, sadguru?
A. Steady abidance in the Self, looking at all with an equal eye, unshakable courage at all times, in all places and circumstances, etc.
Q2. What are the marks of an earnest disciple?
A. An intense longing for the removal of sorrow and attainment of joy.
Q3. What are the marks of the guru’s grace?
A. It is beyond words or thoughts.
Q4. Is the state of “being still” a state involving effort or is it effortless?
A. it is not an eﬁortless state. All mundane activities which are ordinarily called effort are performed with the aid of a portion of the mind and with frequent breaks. But the act of communion with the Self, or remaining still inwardly, is intense activity which is performed with the entire mind and without break.
Q5. What is meditation?
A. It is abiding as one’s Self without swerving in any way from one’s real nature and without feeling that one is meditating.
Q6. What are the rules of conduct which an aspirant (sadhaka) should follow?
A. Moderation in food, moderation in sleep, and moderation in speech.
Q7. How long should one practice?
A. Until the mind attains, eﬁortlessly, its natural state of freedom from concepts. That is, till the sense of “I” and “mine” no longer exist.
Q8. If everything happens according to karma, how is one to overcome the obstacles to meditation?
A. Karma concerns only the out-turned mind and not the in-turned mind.
You remain unconcerned. Don’t try to stop your mind. Just keep observing your thoughts; coming, staying, and going. Noises outside – ignore it. It is just the ears busy with the objects of the senses. Keep your eyes almost closed, the gaze at the tip of the nose. Leave the breath by itself. Leave the mind now, by itself.
Imagine that you are established in the Eternal Now. So everything is passing away. Everything is subject to time, passing away. Except for you – this Eternal Witness.
We are the witness of the body and mind’s activities………………………
That is the highest kind of meditation. You remain unconcerned. Thoughts enter your mind.; they may change your feelings. Your breath may change. But you still remain unconcerned. I forgot to mention; you feel your breath change, you feel the rest. But that’s the body and mind and the senses. Who is watching all that? If you keep doing this every day very soon you will observe this peaceful being behind all this noise, not affected by noise or thoughts or feeling. Then you are so happy. You realize something.
But you have to practice. And watch your diet. If you eat meat and all this stuff you’re never going to get there. You may keep the mozzarella in moderation. Once a week a little bit. Then your mind becomes clear.
After then after you realize that, you start watching your body, moving here moving there, angry, going to work, going to yoga class, doing meditation. You will begin to notice this witness, always not participating. That’s the goal. That is always established in this eternal present. That’s the goal. To remain in this moment. Only this moment exists. If you start to worry about Knowledge now, you start getting depressed – maybe you’re trying to see something else happening. Be always in this eternal moment. The future do not exist yet. The past? It don’t exist. You can use this only to remember a few days back (laughs) and rest. You are always there – this eternal…and then constant practice you have no notions of day and night any more. They disappear. It’s just like a shadow passing. Then you lose the notions of time.
Well, in order to do that you have to practice and practice and practice.