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The stages of deepening meditation may be progressively differentiated from each other thus: first, a general, feeble, and vague fixing of thoughts upon the aspiration or object; second, a general withdrawal of attention from external things on all sides; third, a definite but intermittent concentration of thoughts upon the aspiration or object; fourth, a continuous and unbroken concentration upon the same; fifth, the object dropped from focus but the concentrated mood still successfully maintained in pure self-contemplation.


-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 213






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