“Come in, come in. You are coming from Arunachala, aren’t you? Your letter came yesterday. Are you enjoying peace near the Maharshi?” Maharaj jovially asked me, motioning me to sit near him. Immediately I felt an intense peace near him, a sure sign for me that he was a great soul.
“Do you know what I mean by peace?” he asked. “When you put a donut in boiling water, a lot of bubbles will come out until all of the moisture in the donut is gone. It also makes a lot of noise, doesn’t it? Finally, all is silent and the donut is ready. The silent condition of mind which comes about through a life of meditation is called peace. Meditation is like boiling the oil. It will make everything in the mind come out. Only then will peace be achieved.” This was a very graphic and precise explanation of spiritual life if I had ever heard one!
“Maharaj, I have written to you about the spiritual practices that I have done until now. Kindly tell me what more remains to be done,” I requested.