One of Lahiri Mahasaya’s favorite remarks, given as encouragement for his students’ perseverance. A free translation is: “Striving, striving, one day behold! the Divine Goal!”
One thing that I discovered during my high school days was, if you need to be good at something, you need to practice regularly chiseling it with refinement and giving yourself the luxury of understanding from the mistakes.
Be it solving trigonometry or to excel in sports or to play music, I found this wise counsel true. I practiced day in and day out. Got strong at the basics, first slowly, then would go up and down the same thing over and over and I enjoyed doing them.
Why did I do that? Did I over do it? Wouldn’t it be ok to just do the math once? Practice at nets just before the cricket match? Play the piece at leisure?
Most of the time, if I am not in touch, my brain is at a loss. If I am not in form, I get bowled easily by bowlers who knew where my weak zones are or punched out of the park by my erratic bowling. If I hadn’t practiced my parts, the inspiration is conspicuously missing.
So why would I expect my sadhana to be different? I insist that I had meditated last Sunday and question why do it again today? Someone within me unassumingly checks – do they have any expiry date? It takes me some time to distill out this I, that questions.
“The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then, you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn’t belong to the soul.”
Soon, either the inspiration wanes or probably I might have been completely bowled over by some ghastly situation that reminds me of the precious meditation practice that I have been bestowed with.
But on the other hand, if we keep the practice going, we see that our ‘body becomes astrally transformed day by day, and is finally fitted to express the infinite potentials of cosmic energy’.
We are here to train our consciousness and solve the problem of consciousness and it doesn’t stop until our breath stops!