The mind should not be permitted to wander as it fancies. It must be controlled without the least tenderness or mercy. If possible, one should aim even at its destruction, to make the mind keep away from contact with worldly objects. Why? It is only when that’s done, you can grasp your real identity. The realisation of that reality is the state called liberation (mukti). Then, all varieties of troubles and travails, doubts and dilemmas come to an end; one overcomes sorrow, delusion, and anxiety and is established in the holy calmness of peace. First, give up all impure impulses and cultivate the pure ones. Then, try step by step to give up even these and render the mind objectless (nir-vishaya). Peace thus attained is effulgent, blissful, and associated with wisdom; it is indeed the experience of the Godhead, God Himself. The aspirant who yearns to attain this peace has to constantly practise a virtuous life, overcoming all initial obstacles. (Prasanthi Vahini, Ch 12)
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