> the unstated assumption that meditation is an appropriate activity
for anyone who feels compelled to try it.>
Good point Andy!. In the book, Be Here Now by Richard Alpert, (Ram
Dass) there is mention and caution concerning premature efforts/ short cuts
to enlightenment. In the book it refers to the negative or non supervised
use of psychedelics and how that can cause one to enter the gate's of Heaven
with the ego still intact. It suggests that if one enters with the ego
still intact they have gone through the doors "prematurely" and that any
"revelations" experienced that way contribute to dogma and confusion.
It's my experience that some yogic practices allows certian glands to
release chemicals into the blood stream. Chemicals that can have similar
effects on the brain as some pshchedelic drugs. Although pranayama, yogic
practices and meditation are a more natural and safe way to enter, i feel
that the considerations mentioned above and below may be helpful to some.
Although there is no right or wrong path, a "solid" and systematic
approach that allows for some initial form of control over the ego before
meditation practices begin will help ensure that when one starts meditating
the ego will not so eaisly lay claim on any spiritual revelations for it's
own purpose. This approach requires the "close" guidence of a spiritually
enlightened person who has first mastered control over their own senses. It
is not so attractive for the do it your selfer's or production line
meditation practicioner, but the world is full of "self " taught spiritual
practationers, some of whom are gentle souls and others who's deeds account
for the many atrocities that are currently being done in the name of God.
Personally i favor a systematic approach to ego smashing prior to it's
culmination via meditation, but that's JMO.