Thursday, October 20, 2016

STEPS OF SELF-REALIZATION ~ Amma


KNOWLEDGE - PRACTICE -  SATSANG
"The first step in attaining the knowledge for which one is praying when they chant these mantras is satsang: listening to spiritual talks, reading spiritual books and being in the company of spiritual seekers and, most importantly, spiritual masters. 

LESSENING OF ATTACHMENT
We need to continuously be fed by the knowledge that our true nature is the Atma and not the body, mind and intellect. Through satsang, our attachment to the asat (unreal) gradually lessens. 

DETACHMENT
Slowly as you understand that everything in the world - all worldly relationships, all worldly things - are ever-changing and impermanent, your attitude towards the world changes. We gain detachment. 

DECREASE OF DESIRES
As we become more and more detached, our desires also naturally decrease, because we know that the things of the world are impermanent and cannot bring us lasting happiness. 

STEADINESS & SERENITY OF MIND
As the desires decrease, the mind becomes less and less agitated. It obtains serenity, stillness, peace. 

SELF-REALIZATION
Then, with this stilled, subtle, penetrating mind we can finally come to realize our true nature." 

- Mata Amritanandamayi Devi - Amma