There are so many thoughts in the mind. Thought after thought after thought. But there is one thought that is continuous, though it is mostly sub-conscious: ‘I am the body’. This is the string on which all other thoughts are threaded. Once we identify ourselves with the body by thinking this thought, maya follows. It also follows that if we cease to identify with the body, maya will not affect us anymore.
— Annamalai Swami – Final Talks – p. 14
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If you see good in people,
you radiate a harmonious loving energy
which uplifts those who are around you.
If you can maintain this habit,
this energy will turn into a steady flow of love.
— Annamalai Swami
Continuous attentiveness will only come with long practice. If you are truly watchful, each thought will dissolve at the moment that it appears. But to reach this level of disassociation you must have no attachments at all. If you have the slightest interest in any particular thought, it will evade your attentiveness, connect with other thoughts, and take over your mind for a few seconds. This will happen more easily if you are accustomed to reacting emotionally to a particular thought.
— Swami Annamalai – Living by the Words of Bhagavan (David Godman, p. 342–43)