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    Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi



    Vedanta: Seven Steps to Samadhi


    CHAPTER 1


    Towards the Truth
    11 January 1974 pm in Mt. Abu, Rajasthan, India

    AUM, MAY MY SPEECH BE ROOTED IN MY MIND,
    AND MY MIND ROOTED IN MY SPEECH.
    O SELF-ILLUMINED BRAHMAN, BE MANIFEST UNTO ME.
    SPEECH AND MIND FORM THE BASIS OF MY KNOWLEDGE,
    SO PLEASE DO NOT UNDO MY PURSUIT OF KNOWLEDGE.
    DAY AND NIGHT I SPEND IN THIS PURSUIT.
    I SHALL SPEAK THE LAW; I SHALL SPEAK THE TRUTH.
    MAY BRAHMAN PROTECT ME;
    MAY HE PROTECT THE SPEAKER, PROTECT THE SPEAKER.
    AUM, SHANTI, SHANTI, SHANTI.

    The ultimate truth is not far away, it is not distant. It is near you, close, closer than you are to
    yourself, but still you go on missing it, and you have been missing it for millions of lives. This
    continuous missing has become a habit. Unless this habit is broken, the closest remains the mostdistant; unless this habit is transcended, God, truth, or whatsoever we may call it, remains just a
    myth, a theory, a doctrine, a belief, but not an experience.

    And unless the divine is your experience, the belief is futile. It is not going to help you; on the
    contrary it may hinder you, because just by believing in it you deceive yourself that somehow you
    have known it. The belief becomes the deception. It doesn’t become an opening, it closes you.
    It makes you knowl-edgeable without knowing it; it gives you a feeling of knowledge without any
    intimate experience of it.

    Remember, untruth is not such a great hindrance as the belief in the truth. If you believe you stop
    seeking; if you believe you have already taken it for granted. It cannot be so. You will have to pass
    through a mutation; really you will have to die and be born again. Unless the seed that you are dies,
    the new life cannot sprout out of it. Belief becomes a barrier; it gives you a false assurance that
    you have known – but that is all you have got. Belief is just borrowed. A Buddha says something,
    a Jesus says something, or a Mohammed, and then we go on following it, believing in it. This can
    create such a situation within you that the distant will appear close and the closest will continue to
    appear distant – it creates an illusory mind.

    I have heard one Sufi story. Once it happened that a fish in the ocean heard somebody talking about
    the ocean, and the fish heard for the first time that there exists something like the ocean. She started
    to search, she started to ask and inquire, but nobody knew where the ocean was. She asked many
    fish, great and small, known and unknown, famous and not so famous, but nobody was capable of
    answering where the ocean is. They all said they have heard about it; they all said, ”Sometime in
    the past our ancestors knew it – it is written in the scriptures.” And the ocean was all around! They
    were in the ocean; they were talking, living in the ocean.

    Sometimes it happens that the closest, the nearest, is so obvious that you can forget it. The nearest
    is so near that you cannot look at it, because even to look at something a certain distance is needed,
    space is needed. And there is no space between you and the divine; there is no space between the
    fish and the ocean – no gap. The fish is part of the ocean, just like a wave; or the ocean is just the
    infinite spread of the being of the fish. They are not two; they exist together, their being is joined
    together. Their bodies may appear different but their inner spirit is one, it is unitary.

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