Master Padma said: When you take the Dharma to heart, there will be ten signs.
The lady asked: What are these ten signs?
The master said: When your grasping decreases, that is the sign of having expelled the evil spirit of fixation on concrete reality.
When your attachment grows less, that is the sign of being free from ambitious craving.
When your disturbing emotions decrease, that is the sign of the five poisons being pacified from within.
When your selfishness decreases, that is the sign of having expelled the evil spirit of ego-clinging.
When you are free from embarrassment and hold no reference point whatsoever that is the sign that your deluded perception has collapsed.
When you are free from the concepts of meditator and meditation object and never lose sight of your innate nature that is the sign that you have met the mother of Dharmata.
When any perception arises as unbiased individual experience, that is the sign of having reached the core of view and meditation.
When you have resolved samsãra and nirvana as being indivisible, that is the sign that full realization has arisen within.
In short, when you have no clinging to even your own body, that is the sign of being totally free from attachment.
When you remain unharmed by suffering and difficulties, that is the sign of understanding appearances to be illusion.
When you have only a minor degree of the eight worldly concerns, that is the sign of having recognized the nature of mind.
In any case, when your inner signs show outwardly it is like a tree that has sprouted leaves. When the outer signs arc noticed by other people it is like fruit of the tree that has ripened and can be eaten.
There are many Dharma practitioners without even a single virtuous quality. People with realization are extremely rare, so it is essential to exert yourself in meditation practice.