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It is a fact of mere observation that most Western men live throughout their wakeful existence from morning to night without finding a few minutes--or even caring to find them--for the liberating practice of meditation exercises. They are virtually imprisoned in the five senses and in the thoughts arising from each sense-activity. This fact is a lamentable one. For how can they hope to cultivate a higher life if this essential aid be neglected?

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 56

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