A couple of bits of this quote struck me.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@...> wrote:
> Meditation is the beginning
> of self-knowledge and without self-knowledge there
> is no meditation.
> The beginning of meditation is self-knowledge,
> without self-knowledge there is no meditation.
[No egg, no chicken; no chicken, no egg.]
> the thinker who merely asks, prays, or excludes,
> without understanding himself, must inevitably
> end in confusion, in illusion.
[More on asking/praying below]
> The superficial, conscious mind is occupied with its
> daily activities, with earning a livelihood, deceiving
> others, exploiting others, running away from problems -
> all the daily activities of our existence.
[NB: The conscious mind is always in deception mode: never with helping others or considering the value of meditation, or posting useful material on internet sites, as our moderator does.]
> of the many, many hidden layers of the mind - the
> racial instincts, the buried memories, the concealed
> pursuits, the deep wounds that are still unhealed. It
> is only when all these have projected themselves and
> are understood, when the whole consciousness is unburdened, unfettered by any wound, by any memory whatsoever, that
> it is in a position to receive the eternal.
[Note to self: must find my "racial instincts" so that they may project themselves.]
> A man who is fully
> aware is meditating; he does not pray, because he does
> not want anything.
> If you are interested to discover the whole
> process of yourself - not merely the superficial part
> but the total process of your whole being - then it is
> comparatively easy. If you really want to know yourself,
> you will search out your heart and your mind to know
> their full content
[Note to self: don't pray, but really really want.]