Our mind willfully accepts every truth without doubting anything. We always feel that the world we see and the universe we imagine are true, and therefore we naturally accept it. We never give any thought to it because our mind is ever ready to run towards the attractive visible.
The correct spiritual practice tries to move our attention from the visible. The core of the correct practice is based on our conscious effort to turn the attention of our mind to our self. If we don’t do this then we will continue to believe in the non-existent universe until we die.
The spiritual practice is the change of our attitude or perception. The tool for making this change is wisdom. The wisdom is related to recognition of what is true, everlasting, and what is not. When wisdom is fully imbibed by the mind, we finally realize that the visible is an illusion. We are then attracted towards the real thing, our own self.
After getting to know our self for the first time, we then yearn for more. We are drawn to irresistible urge to have the constant realization which yields us to bliss hitherto never experienced.
Once we get the bliss we want it forever for we feel that without it everything in this world is worthless. Then we start feeling that we unnecessarily wasted our life till this period by running after the nonexistent visible.
At this stage the one tries his best to have self-realization. The one who by effort kills the feeling of “me” experiences a peculiar contradiction. In the earlier phases of practice one is very enthusiastic about doing it but it is his “me” who has to do it. After a point of time when he does the practice correctly, he realizes the abstract principle that unless he sheds off this “me”, he would never get to the realization.
At this stage he is confronted with an insurmountable difficulty for the solution of how he approaches his practice. The only correct way to proceed is ceaseless discrimination between true and false.
The true is our self all else is false. Wisdom makes the feeling of being distant from everything except the truth, and practice grows with this realization. The desire to see the true and become a part of it automatically follows.
This is the root of real practice. This is easier said than done. It requires application of wisdom and enormous and right effort.