The workings of Maya are so extremely subtle, so very difficult to overcome, and human nature is so demoniacal and degenerate, that real spiritual pro¬gress and development in Sadhana are indeed very hard to attain.
To achieve success in any measure in spiritual life is the most difficult and uphill task. It is truly Divine Grace alone that can raise the aspirant from darkness to light. The rooting out of egoism in its numerous forms comprises the very core of spirituality.
From "Daily Sayings" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda
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