The spiritual Sadhana you perform may be compared to the process of conversion of milk into butter. Your human body is your home. Your heart is the vessel in which the milk of consciousness is boiled on the stove of devotion. The lid for this vessel is earnestness (Shraddha). When the fire of discrimination (Viveka) is lit, the cream of understanding rises upward from the boiling milk. To prevent the cat of maya from stealing the milk, the door has to be barred by the gate of wisdom (Sujnana). After the milk is cooled by tranquility (Shanti) and the buttermilk of the divine name is added to it, the curd of divine grace results. When this curd is churned with the rod of knowledge and the rope of love, the whey of ignorance is separated and the butter of the Atmic Reality emerges. Such a realised soul definitely attains oneness with the Divine. (Divine Discourse, Feb 23, 1990)
-BABA