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In the passage from meditation to contemplation--from the second to the third stage--the capacity is strongly required to continue doggedly and patiently until the need of effort lapses of its own accord. The temptation to stop halfway, to be satisfied with what has already been accomplished, will show itself insistently and irresistibly during each sitting for meditation practice. After the failures to purify the feelings and concentrate the thoughts, this is the third major reason why so few ever reach the Quest's goal.

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 256

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