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The need of meditation is to establish equilibrium in the whole being, for ordinary active life is a "going out" while meditation is a polar opposite, a "coming back" to the source. Whereas ignorant men are compelled by Nature to "come back" in sleep, they do so without awareness. Meditation, being a conscious, deliberate undertaking, restores "awareness."

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 8

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