from Timeless in Time
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.