6 – Meditation

Staying motionless for some time during the day is necessary to detach oneself from the impressions which constantly assail us from the outside world, in order to remain empty and available internally in a continual now. This requires the seeker’s continual attention and renunciation of the thoughts which will keep on appearing and conflicting with his desire to remain concentrated.

The Supreme Quest – Chapter 1

The practice of meditation mainly aims to succeed in detaching the aspirant from himself—detaching him from his ordinary individuality and from the usual feeling he has of himself, set in him since such far-off times and which, because of lengthy conditioning, he believes to be his only identity—so that he discovers, inside his being, the other side to his double nature which usually remains hidden from him because his interest and attention are constantly turned only toward the outside world.
Behind the thick screen of his bodily form, behind his ordinary individuality, and behind his little world and everything he considers to be himself, there exists in the human being another Universe of extreme subtlety and extreme ethereal transparence, an indescribable, luminous inner Universe, which is his True Nature, his Divine Nature.

In the Silence of the Unfathomable – Chapter 7

The primary objective of meditation is to teach seekers to be and live in the present; only in this way can they hope to find in themselves the strength they require to be able to achieve the desired Supreme Goal—Liberation. Therefore, it is of the greatest importance for them to understand, from the beginning of their quest, that being in the present is closely linked with self-consciousness. This is the key which opens the door to real spiritual practice.

Fruits of the Path to Awakening – Chapter 1

Over the course of numerous attempts to remain attentive and present to himself during his meditation sessions, the aspirant will notice, with consternation, that after barely a few minutes (or even a few seconds), he is swept away by intrusive thoughts or images which constantly throng in his mind, and once again he finds himself enshrouded in this inexplicable and troubling absence to himself in which he sleeps, so to speak, in many cases for a long time, before realizing what has happened to him !
Only when he is called back to himself by suddenly regaining consciousness does he realize that he had been plunged once again into that foggy state of daydreaming and strange inner absence; and, observing the difficulty he experiences when avoiding sinking down into it, he will begin to understand the true meaning of “Awakening” spoken about by the Buddha !

In the Silence of the Unfathomable – Chapter 5

One commonly hears it said that all one has to do is observe what is going on in the mind to be freed from it. However, if the seeker tries to follow the working of his rebellious mind from its customary state of consciousness (which, without his usually realizing it is a state of passive consciousness), then, before he realizes what has happened to him, he will find himself taken hostage and enshackled by these very thoughts which are tormenting him. …/
The seeker must succeed in making the crucial effort to stay concentrated, not under duress (as one risks doing at the beginning), but out of a true desire to do it; in other words, he must reach a point where the effort of holding his concentration becomes a real pleasure—as is the case with some rare great painters and composers of music. He must realize that, in this field, any results obtained under duress can only eventually be unsatisfactory or even frustrating, and can, in certain cases, upset him to the point of his perhaps not wanting to meditate anymore.
If, during his meditation sessions, the aspirant succeeds in his concentration becoming truly sustained and unfluctuating for a sufficiently long period, he will then feel overcome by a strange and subtle joy which will flood his being and dazzle him; a joy which is not of this world accompanied by a tranquil bliss, which will help and assist him in all his future efforts to remain concentrated, whatever the spiritual practice to which he is devoting himself.

The Supreme Quest – Chapter 3

The aspirant should know that it is vital for him to meditate every day, with unfailing regularity, if he wishes to subdue his rebellious mind and attain the higher side of his double nature—his Celestial side. At the beginning, he may believe himself to be completely motivated and ready to devote himself to his spiritual practice. He may even think that he is truly convinced and extremely determined to dedicate himself to it; but despite this conviction on which he thinks he is depending, it is as if there were someone hidden in him, another me, who was surreptitiously saying to him: “yes, but not straightaway !”
The aspirant should know that it is vital for him to meditate every day, with unfailing regularity, if he wishes to subdue his rebellious mind and attain the higher side of his double nature—his Celestial side. At the beginning, he may believe himself to be completely motivated and ready to devote himself to his spiritual practice. He may even think that he is truly convinced and extremely determined to dedicate himself to it; but despite this conviction on which he thinks he is depending, it is as if there were someone hidden in him, another me, who was surreptitiously saying to him: “yes, but not straightaway !”