This book outlines an effective meditation method. It is a book about self-destruction. Meditation is destructive because it gradually dissolves the false in you - the false self you think you are, but are not. Precisely what this false self is you are going to find out.
When the false is destroyed you are what you are. What it means to be what you really are is beyond imagining and beyond anyone else's words or ideas. What can be said is that it is the peak of life - life's purpose for you, the individual, to experience as soon as you can.
This meditation answers a question that has puzzled men and women for thousands of years: why does the false, or what we know is not right, have to exist in us? The answer is: because it has purpose. The false in you, once it is seen, enables you to know the truth - just as a false promise when experienced reveals the value of what is true. Until you can recognise what is false you can't know what is real. Right from the start, meditation is an expanding vision of the real, the true.
The lessons that follow teach you how to start dissolving your false self - the essential foundation for discovering the truth which is yourself. To that end, to the truth you really are, this book is consciously dedicated.
The first object of meditation is to become the master of your mind. Anyone who worries has obviously not achieved this, for the peculiar symptom of worry is that even when you observe its stupidity and futility and resolve to stop, you cannot. It is the mind - your master - that worries, not you.
Everyone has mastered the mind to some degree. But as it is not a total control the effect is rather like claiming to be the master of a good dog that occasionally bites you. Obviously the mind does not want to be mastered so it is going to oppose you from the start. Recognise that fact now and you have already begun the battle by using your understanding.
Few people who begin meditation ever really succeed because they do not understand that the mind itself is the problem. Their methods, systems and teachers employ the mind to defeat the mind - a hopeless exercise. In this method you use a superior faculty, your understanding, plus a few devices to keep the mind doing what you want while your understanding of it grows. The principle is a simple one: what you understand you can control.
As understanding is the key to the method, you must not obey any instruction in this book without first understanding the reason for it, and relating it to your own experience to see that it makes sense. If you just obey mechanically you are being trained like animals that perform without understanding why. Your object is to become the master - and the master is the master because he or she understands why everything is being done.
Meditation will show you that worry is mechanical. Yet it is only one aspect of the mechanical in you. Anger, hate, arguing, envy, resentment, judging others, justifying yourself, blaming - all are mechanical; as are self-consciousness, fear and those two most painful lingering feelings, regret and remorse.
While the mind controls you, half your life is lost in mechanical ifs, shoulds, doubts and fears. You are trapped in a world of half-living, even though you are instinctively aware that something deep within you is mutedly crying out for release and expression.
The mind cannot find the key and finally - as countless others before you have done - you sigh: 'Where am I going? What's it all about?' And you get no answer. Even the genius and the millionaire are not spared.
A great deal of mumbo-jumbo has been written and talked about meditation.
To some meditation is almost a dirty word, to others a joke. To most it is as obscure and remote as medieval alchemy - the dabblers and quacks have seen to that, in the same way as down through the centuries they have always exploited self-knowledge with nonsense and mystification.
from 'Meditation-A Foundation Course'- pp.1-5
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