The Supreme Quest – Chapter 20
Only the efforts to which he must go in order to carry out the concentration exercises will allow him to realize that the resistance he then meets in himself to remain present and concentrated is also there during his sitting meditation. However, as his attention during his meditation is not called upon with the same strictness as during these concentration exercises, the resistance in himself appears considerably less pronounced and, in that way, less obvious, and he certainly does not notice it with the same intensity as when he attempts to carry out these exercises which demand a sort of attention from him which he has not known up until then, and without which he will make mistakes. And it is precisely because of these mistakes which he will make that he will have the opportunity to realize that he is unaware of what it means to be truly concentrated.
Inner Awakening and Practice of Nada Yoga – Chapter 6
If the seeker does not fight back with an exercise which demands all his attention, it is impossible for him to comprehend the intense concentration which is required of him in a practice of authentic meditation, in order to succeed in detaching himself from what he is ordinarily, and start to awaken. It is only by the sharp concentration imposed on him by the difficulty of these exercises that he can have a glimpse of what it means to be really present and conscious of oneself.
Awakening : A Matter of Life or Death – Chapter 2
After many attempts to remain present to himself, and painful failures, he will have to come to realize, in all humility, that, contrary to what he may commonly believe, “to think” presence and to be truly present to himself are two things as different from one another as the sky is from the Earth !
If the seeker is really motivated in his desire to know himself, he will, following repeated experiences, come to admit that indeed the aforesaid is not an arbitrary exaggeration but an undeniable truth; he will have to give it a great deal of serious thought to understand that simply “to think” presence, as one is used to doing in everyday life, is neither more nor less than dreaming, and will get him nowhere spiritually speaking.
To be present to oneself within requires a conscious effort on his part, a quite specific effort which ordinarily is impossible for him to experience and which, at the outset, is not easy to make. Only by these efforts to become present, which he will have to repeat with untiring patience, will it one day be possible for him to find the Heavenly Source whence he originally emerged.