At the beginning, it is unlikely that seekers comprehend the full extent of the tragedy of this curious absence to themselves which, as soon as they stop concentrating in their meditation sessions or their spiritual exercises, immediately seizes them without their knowing, and because of the strange hypnotic force it wields over them, they can remain in for the rest of the day—or even their existence. So, when they want to sit down and restart meditation, they are, without being aware of it, only starting from the “bottom” again !
Once again, they will have to go to lengthy, arduous efforts—if they are sufficiently serious—in order to “rise” again in themselves when practicing meditation, to be more or less able to re-attain a state of being and consciousness inside themselves which will elevate them somewhat. However, as soon as they stop concentrating, they will experience the same problem: this dark and almost insurmountable waking sleep which engulfs them again when they get lost in the fog of their customary daydreaming.
Fruits of Awakening – Chapter 10
The tragedy of their incarnation lies in the fact that, without being conscious of it, they never live in the present moment; they continually project themselves into the future and constantly anticipate it. Furthermore, their gaze is only turned towards the future in relation to their experiences of the past, because they are unable to efface from their minds what they were or what they imagine they will become. Thus, for them, the past ceaselessly projects itself into the future, and eternity, which is in the present, always eludes them.
Hardly has the present moment arrived than it disappears into what seems to be an unfathomable nothingness. Every moment is in movement towards another and becomes another moment every fraction of a second. However, behind this uninterrupted temporal movement, something remains mysteriously unaltered. Despite these continual changes in external life and despite the incessant movement of time, human beings, without being aware of it, cannot help having the strange and inexplicable feeling of always existing or being!
Inner Awakening and Practice of Nada Yoga – Chapter 8
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