True devotion is intense heart-centered attention, also known as ‘surrender’. If your attention is on circumstances or things, the influence is ‘mind-oriented’, confined and time bound, which is what the false self experiences. If it is placed in some way on an aspect of Truth, such as Compassion, Joy, Peace or Love, it is heart- oriented and WILL ‘expand’ your Awareness ‘of’ Truth. This is the flip-side of Self Inquiry, which says: “I AM this” … ‘this’ being Infinite, imperishable and boundless. While it does not ask: “Who am I” directly as with Self Inquiry, it states that you are a facet of [yet ONE ‘as’] the diamond ‘of’ Truth.
This statement is mostly unspoken … a dedication ‘to’ Truth only. The body-mind-identity that you used to call ‘me’ must dissolve for the Freedom You Are to be Realized. This focused Attention ‘on’ Truth EXPANDS your Awareness ‘of’ what is Real, while withdrawing attention ‘from’ the the false self makes it gradually fade away.
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