Stilling of the mind can be achieved via the path of yoga or via enquiry, the later being a more direct approach. Enquiry involves listening or reading, reflecting and directly experiencing, that which is being pointed out by the text, or the guru. The master now starts imparting the theoretical knowledge to the disciple. This is the listening phase.
The master emphasizes that only the mentioned four qualities are needed to start on the path of self enquiry, and no amount of bookish or theoretical knowledge can help, to gain a direct experience of the truth. The truth is within, its not in the books. Nothing else prevents a student from qualifying, including the age, caste, color, race, gender or education etc.
The Self is the essence of that which I am. But is it really there?
The trick is to see without the filters of concepts and ideas. It is seen as just another concept, just another division, a creation of the mind. Let's explore and destroy the Self.
The Master gives four essential requirements for Self Enquiry to be effective. These are - discrimination, dispassion, cessation of worldly activities and an intense desire for liberation. He explains what happens when some of them or any of them are lacking. He concludes that no matter what you think you have, these four are absolutely necessary for any seeker.
Chapter three starts, which is about the means and ways to achieve liberation from the ignorance or Maya or the illusion, also known as the Samsara. The solution is stilling of mind. There is no other way. The master then goes into the details of how to do that and what kind of student is qualified to do that.
In this concluding part of the series on technology of the mind, the essential steps for entering in this field are discussed. Some examples of applications are mentioned, along with their negative counterparts. Just like any other technology, the technology of the mind can be misused, and can have major consequences. Hence, it is highly recommended to take precautions, to have a good control over the lower mental tendencies, and to practice under an experienced master. There is no limit to what these techniques can achieve.
Some more examples of the advanced ancient technology of the mind can be found, which amazes us. Initiation into this field is surprisingly easy, however its mastery is difficult, it involves effort and practice, just like any other art or technology. In the field of mind, the actions are also mental, the motive force behind the manipulation is intention, or an internal action. When done correctly, it produces the desired effect, else it is mostly ineffective, as is the experience of many, who practice this art without really understanding it.