Where are you searching for me, friend? Look! Here am I right within you. Not in temple, nor in mosque, not in Kaaba, nor Kailas, but here right within you am I.
In the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, our co-founder, Bill Wilson, states: “The great reality is deep within.” Many have begun the spiritual search while still suffering from severe personal problems. Saint Augustine was deeply enmeshed in the life of the world, and pulled himself free only after great anguish of mind. Others suffered physically. Saint Therese of Lisieux endured the constant pain of tuberculosis. As addicts and alcoholics, we have suffered the terrible aspects of our disease; tortured by loneliness, mental obsession, and physical withdrawal. There is no need for any of us to feel downcast about our situation or the particular difficulties we face, provided we do everything we can change our way of living. Since the disease of alcoholism centers in the mind rather than the body, meditation is essential. It is a discipline for slowing down the furious pace of thinking. If you can gradually bring your mind to a state so still that no movement, no thought, can arise except those you yourself approve, your mind will have become pure. We have no need to teach pure motives to the mind. All that is necessary to make the mind pure is to undo the negative conditioning to which it has been subjected; then we will be left with pure, unconditioned awareness.Share post