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All the work he is called on to do in the first stage is to secure the right conditions in the place around him, to calm the emotions, control the breathing, and concentrate the attention. Only when all this has been sufficiently achieved is he ready for the second stage--meditation proper--when the objective is to turn yearningly towards his higher self. Everything before this is merely preparatory work, to enable him to keep his mind steadily upon the principal objective which emerges later during the second stage.


-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 221






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