If the mind has a lot of waves like the surface of a lake, you will see a distorted reflection. If the water of the mental lake is muddy or colored, you see your Self as muddy or colored. To see the true reflection, see that the water is clean and calm and without any ripple. When the mind ceases to create thought forms or when the chittam is completely free from vrittis, it becomes as clear as a still lake and you see your true Self.
– Sri Swami Satchidananda