When we boil water over fire to make tea, the water does not go from cool to boiling instantaneously. For the water to boil, continued exposure to heat for some time is required as the energetic frequency of the water gradually increases from cool to hot. Consciousness is like this. Enlightenment cannot be attained in a day or a month or even 5 years. To bring the consciousness from the gross to the subtle requires many, many years of disciplined practice. Though it is possible to soar quickly into an exalted state of consciousness or to plunge into the depths of despair, this effect is always limited and temporary. The only short cut on the path of realization is settling for lesser attainments.
Gananathamritananda Swami (via psychonautical)