The Art of True
love with which a present has been given to you cannot be seen by your
eyes. Something in your intelligence understands it. Something in your
heart feels it. This something in your heart and intelligence is the
instrument of perception of higher things like love.
In the same way also God
cannot be seen or understood by the dull physical senses. To comprehend
Him you need an adequate instrument of perception.
Meditation is not a
mechanical, physical activity, but the functioning of highest perceptive
faculties in the intelligence and the heart, the working of love, devotion
If you want to have a view
of the entire town you have to climb on the roof of the highest building.
In the same way, if you want to see God, you have to make use of the
highest perceptive faculties within you.
Your skin may feel whether
the water is cold or hot, but it cannot tell you how much two plus two is.
If you want to know this you need the appropriate faculty of your
If you want to realise God
you have to develop the highest capacities of your soul. But it is very
doubtable that these abilities can awaken in you, as long as you are just
a mass of flesh that reacts to the universe through its skin. Such a state
is natural for an animal, but not for a human being who is able to react
to the world through its intelligence and love. Again it would not be
appropriate for a saint to react to the world through his intelligence and
love. The saint has to react to everything through that which is supreme
in his inner consciousness. In order to reach this highest stage of
consciousness a number of conditions have to be fulfilled and practised
for many years, in fact for several lives.
People all over the world
read books on meditation and other spiritual practices, written by persons
who have not experienced the Truth, and think this is sufficient to attain
God-realisation. Since over sixty years, thousands in the west have
studied books on concentration, Yoga, philosophy, Zen and other eastern
practices, yet few of them can really be called spiritual aspirants and
have made true progress on the spiritual path.
For spiritual progress
something more is needed. Not only do you have to fulfil the conditions,
not only do you need a great teacher who is rooted in Truth-experience,
but the grace of God has to express itself through you in the form of
constant, persistent practice of spiritual disciplines.
Without fulfilment of the
preconditions there can be no Truth-experience however hard one may try
for it. Even as a student of Michelangelo you cannot become a master
within one day; many years of hard work and training are necessary - day
and night nothing but practising. Incomparably more difficult is the
spiritual path. It demands much greater discipline and far more practice.