Paramhansa Yogananda said: “The path to the Divine is not a circus.” Progress in meditation manifests as both the deepening and expansion of consciousness, as well as the purification and correction of the mind. Real meditation is basically the cultivation of spirit-consciousness, the knowledge of our true Self.
Without devoting a great deal of time to meditation very little benefit can be obtained. Nor can anything be attained if the practice is not exactly correct.
Furthermore, unless a person observes purity in thought, action, and diet, nothing can be attained in any practice.
The Yoga Life is absolutely necessary for success in yoga. If you have not already done so, I urge you to carefully read How To Be A Yogi, paying special attention to chapter three: The Foundations of Yoga.
“Awareness of the divine begins with wonder. It is the result of what man does with his higher incomprehension. The greatest hindrance to such awareness is our adjustment to conventional notions, to mental clichés. Wonder or radical amazement, the state of maladjustment to words and notions, is therefore a prerequisite for an authentic awareness of that which is.”
From Abraham Heschel’s ‘God in Search of Man’
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life… Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated. Thus, everyone’s task is as unique as is his specific opportunity to implement it.” – Viktor Frankl
“Your work is to discover your work and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” – Buddha
“One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.” – John Stuart Mill
“Nothing is likely to help a person overcome or endure troubles than the consciousness of having a task in life.” ~ Victor Frankl
“Make your life a mission – not an intermission” ~ Unknown
“Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t.” ~ Richard Bach
This book presents a theory of the person, with a look at some of its practical implications for learning. The ‘other key’ referred to in the sub-title of this book is feeling, which I distinguish carefully from emotion, and define as resonance with being, the capacity by which we participate in and are compresent with our world. Feeling, so defined, I regard as the grounding level of personhood: within it all other phsychological modes are latent and out of it they proceed. The book explores this model and the sort of world-view it generates………. p2
By ‘the psyche I mean the human mind and its inherent life as a whole, including its unexpressed and unexplored potential, as well as what is manifest conscious development. By the ‘person’ I mean the psyche (mind) in manifestation as an aware developing being in whom all its modes are brought intentionally into play.
Heron, John (1992), Feeling and Personhood – Psychology in Another Key, London: Sage Publications p15