Success follows purity. True. The greater the purity, the greater the success in eternal life. True.
In the most practical sense, how do we increase Sattva or purity in our lives? Many practices are found in Yoga. TM is very helpful and the Sidhis too, both of which are aimed at purifying and strengthening the mind. The mind drives the body, either with clarity and immortality, or with confusion and self-destruction.
Every one of us has different spiritual needs, though as an active householder I have always tried to get any practice down to the greatest efficiency possible, and TM wins hands down; 20 minutes twice a day. Finito. And the practice adapts to any environment. Sidhis take longer with a bare bones program – about an hour twice a day. Doable with planning.
The other element that I consider a practice towards spiritual growth is prayer. It is how I got to know Guru Dev, Brahmananda Saraswati so well. Not the simple prayers of I want, but also asking and listening. Particularly with such a strong and clear relationship, I began to notice that I am being sought out over time as well by the target of my prayers.
Once some silence is established within, this is the form of prayer that innocently bridges the gulf between the personal and impersonal God, allowing the gradual descent of Divinity. This completes the fullness of Brahman; Totality.
Cosmic law says that we must surrender in equal measure to that which we are seeking. It is quite a simple principle though mind-blowing in practice, for although we may surrender everything including the lint in our pockets, we are always returned a million-fold in exchange for whatever we lay down and give up.
It sounds too good to be true, until that law of equal measure is remembered. What happens if we are non-doing it right, is we create an empty vessel of ourselves, surrendering our limitations an unlimited number of times, again and again and again, until the unbounded path for expansion and success is revealed.
As long as we keep surrendering and tossing away the ever enlarging vessels as examples of ourselves, we are in good shape (not literally tossing them away, transcending them spiritually and holistically). And when there is no place left to toss the vessel except back into our lap, we are done.
The Cosmos does the rest. Once this Cosmic law is fulfilled, then we can choose our success in whatever way we want, true freedom, with an ever expanding horizon of Mother Divine’s presence and presents awaiting each surrender, each rejoicing, each giving back.