An anusthan is the process of taking a vow for a committed period of time to focus on one's spiritual sadhana (practice). It requires a willingness to grow, change, learn, and apply. It requires at least a temporary relinquishment of that which obstructs one's path, growth, health, meditation, and long-term happiness, while adding in an increase of that which helps one move forward in a specific healing type of way, which may or may not increase one's short-term happiness.
The longer the anusthan period, the more empowered one will be during it. It is like a pressure cooker. In accordance to the type (shiva, durga, laksmi, hanuman, etc) of anusthan will be the quality and function of the energetic process.
The idea of an anusthan is to actually apply oneself in a more strict, disciplined practice, in order to make the most use of that precious energy given to you during a limited time period. It should not be disrespected or forgotten.
Not all anusthans (practices) are the same in power. They can change in intensity and quality underneath the energy, guidance, and presence of the facilitator. They can change in intensity and quality underneath the effect of the lineage or graceful Guru-Connection. They can change in intensity and quality in accordance to the location. They can change in accordance to the current arrangement of the stars, planets, and overall cosmological process. It can change in power and intensity in response to how you are treating it. As well as there are other factors. So one can see just how precious and rare certain anusthans really are. They are not to be taken for granted, or just as another practice. Each anusthan should be treated as "The Practice."
An anusthan should collect as much of the mind's attention as possible, along with the soul's passion and commitment to the process of accessing the Divine Grace. The way that an anusthan helps you form your own connection with the Divine Grace may not come ever again exactly in the same way. This statement is not intended to create fear, but rather extreme reverence. Reverence for the Divine is a particular quality that seems to be missing within this modern day, overly-bombarded and degraded mindset. During an anusthan our past (lower) ways of relating to spirituality must be forgotten from the mind so that the soul can re-establish its pure link with the Divine.
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