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is the second stage of scientific enlightenment. It follows after scientific
prayer, and is not to be considered lightly, but it is to be observed with all
should be silent because you cannot pray through meditation if you have a noisy
mind. This is why we recommend concentration first. Through concentration, you
can gain control of the most unruly mind.
Force and power of concentration are brought about into focus as scientific
understanding. Contemplation is brought to focus in scientific Illumination.
psalmist said in Psalm 119:15, "I
will meditate on Thy precepts, and fix my eyes on Thy Ways." The Laws
of God and nature are so evasive, in order that we may become spiritual, they
must be meditated upon. The precepts of God must be studied, and our eye must
become single and observe the works of God.
is the silent weighing of the answers one gets to questions, or the silent
waiting for the answers. When we meditate, we must block the mind of scattered
thoughts--for the mind of the average person has many scattered thoughts per few
seconds. But, the mind must not be blank. The thought process should flow
freshly. He who does the meditation should bless and praise each thought as it
enters into his consciousness.
119:16 says, "I will delight in Thy
statutes; I will not forget Thy Word." Here, the aspirant--the
spiritual student--tells the Creator that he will be happy and elated in the
statutes of God, and that he will rejoice over the responsibility and obligation
which they impose upon him. Next, he makes his spontaneous scientific decree and
solemn vow, "I will not forget Thy
119:34 says, "Give me understanding,
that I may keep Thy Law." Meditation brings along with it the spiritual
and scientific power of understanding. The results of meditation are shown to us
in Psalms 119:44, 45, “I will keep Thy
Law continually for ever and ever, and I shall walk at liberty, for I have
sought Thy precepts."
we say, he who meditates properly will automatically keep the Law and walk in
liberty, because in meditation, the person has sought after the precepts of God.
Psalm 119:45 says, "...and I will
walk in liberty for I have sought Thy precepts."
will teach you good judgment. It will help you achieve the Christ Mind. It will
cause you to stay away from transgression and shame. It will heal your entire
who cannot concentrate, is not well balanced. He needs to obtain equilibrium
which is the password unto the
said, "I will meditate on your Laws
by day and night." He also said in Psalm 119:97, "Oh, how I love Thy Law! It is my meditation all the day."
In Psalm 119:99, he makes mention that the Creator’s testimonies are also his
By meditation on His precepts, testimonies, and His Law, we obtain divine understanding. Through divine understanding, we obtain divine Illumination. Through divine Illumination, we arrive at the point of finding the Self. And, finding the Self is the quest of this course of study.
with concentration. Pick an object in the room, and look at it for 10 minutes
under full light. Do this every day for 4 days. The next week should be for 3
days, and the third week for one day--preferably Wednesday of the week.
start on the fourth week with a darkened room. Concentrate on the same object
under the light of 3 candles. Do this for 5 minutes every day for 4 days the
first week, daily for 3 days the next week, daily for 2 days the third week, and
in the fourth week on Wednesday.
3. The final exercise should be done in a completely darkened room. Start to visualize the same object for 15 minutes for 7 days.
this in the light and dark alternating--10 minutes in light, 10 minutes in
dark-- once a day.
This shall establish the power of concentration. Meditation is then a retroactive function from concentration. It will carry you through.
Contemplation is merely a workable way of retrospection--a review of what we have learned in meditation.Meditation1 Meditation3 Lesson 2 Contents Tree of Life Contents