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“The wind turns a ship From its course Upon the waters. The wandering winds Of the lower mind Turn discernment From its course.

”Paramahansa Yog“

The wind turns a ship From its course Upon the waters. The wandering winds Of the lower mind Turn discernment From its course.”
Paramahansa Yogananda:
“The process of stablizing the discerning faculty is like keeping a ship on course. Once the Buddhi has been purified, the intuitive mind takes over and it is impossible to go off course, because, like the leaf in the wind, there is only harmony. The intellect can be cultured by education, but discernment flows from intuition. Reason is guided by the imperfect intellect, which is full of the limitations of emotions, desires and habits. Even the highest flights of reasoned thinking are uncertain and prone to error. Discernment born of intuition insures clear seeing in any given situation. The soul, through the agency of intuition, drops divine guidance into the consciousness of the devotee. The intuitive guidance manifests as wisdom through the Buddhi [discerning faculty] to guide the intellect to the right determination.
On calm seas during good weather, a boat has smooth sailing and reaches its destination without difficulty. But a boat venturing out during stormy weather will certainly be buffeted. Similarly, students who sail the seas of life in the good weather of spiritual habits are bound to reach the shores of infinite joy. But those of spiritual aspiration who navigate their lives through the stormy waters of an ungoverned mind will surely be diverted from their course of good intentions, and may even lose sight completely of the divine polestar.”

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ananda:
“The process of stablizing the discerning faculty is like keeping a ship on course. Once the Buddhi has been purified, the intuitive mind takes over and it is impossible to go off course, because, like the leaf in the wind, there is only harmony. The intellect can be cultured by education, but discernment flows from intuition. Reason is guided by the imperfect intellect, which is full of the limitations of emotions, desires and habits. Even the highest flights of reasoned thinking are uncertain and prone to error. Discernment born of intuition insures clear seeing in any given situation. The soul, through the agency of intuition, drops divine guidance into the consciousness of the devotee. The intuitive guidance manifests as wisdom through the Buddhi [discerning faculty] to guide the intellect to the right determination.
On calm seas during good weather, a boat has smooth sailing and reaches its destination without difficulty. But a boat venturing out during stormy weather will certainly be buffeted. Similarly, students who sail the seas of life in the good weather of spiritual habits are bound to reach the shores of infinite joy. But those of spiritual aspiration who navigate their lives through the stormy waters of an ungoverned mind will surely be diverted from their course of good intentions, and may even lose sight completely of the divine polestar.”

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