Q: But you must have been making effort before (on realisation)
Not for this result. Lele asked me to silence the mind and throw away the thoughts if they came. I did it—in three days—and the result was that the whole being became quiet and in seven days I got the Nirvanic experience which remained with me for a long time. I couldn’t have got, out of it even if I had wanted to. Even afterwards, this experience remained in the background in the midst of all my activities.
– Sri Aurobindo