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Letters on Occult Meditation - Letter V - Dangers to be avoided in Meditation
Microcosmic Purpose

So it is with the Microcosm. The Ego on his own plane and on a tiny scale, repeats the action of the Logos. For certain ends he builds a certain form; he gathers certain material, and aims at a definite consummation that shall be the result of that gathered material vibrating to a certain measure, governed in one specific life by certain rules and aiming at some one particular object, - not all possible objects.

Each Personality is to the Ego what the solar system is to the Logos. It is his field of manifestation and the method whereby he attains a demonstrable object. That aim may be the acquirement of virtue by paying the price of vice; it may be the attainment of business acumen by the struggle to provide the necessities of life; it may be the development of sensitiveness by the revealing cruelties of nature; it may be the building in of unselfish devotion by the appeal of needy dependents; or it may be the transmutation of desire by the method of meditation on the path. It is for each soul to find out. What I want to impress upon you is the fact that there is a certain danger incident to this very factor. If, for instance, in the acquirement of the mental capacity to meditate, the student misses the very thing he came into the physical body to acquire, the result is not so much a gain as an unequal development and a temporary loss of time.

Let us be specific and illustrate: An Ego has formed his threefold body of manifestation and set his ring-pass-not with the purpose in view of building into his [109] causal body the faculty of "mental apprehension of the basic facts of life." The object of that one incarnation is to develop the mental capacity of the student; to teach him concrete facts and science and thus to enlarge the content of his mental body, with a view to future work. He may be over-developed on the heart side, too much of the devotee; he may have spent many lives in dreaming dreams and in seeing visions and in mystic meditation. To be practical, full of common sense, to know the curriculum of the Hall of Learning and to apply practically the knowledge learnt on the physical plane is his great need. Yet, even though his ring-pass-not seems to proscribe and limit his inherent tendencies, and even though the stage is set so that it would seem he must learn the lessons of practical living in the world, he learns not, but follows what is to him the line of least resistance. He dreams his dreams, and stays aloof from world affairs; be does not fulfil the desire of the Ego, but misses opportunity; he suffers much, and in the next life is necessitated a similar staging and a stronger urge, and a closer ring-pass-not until he complies with the will of his Ego.

For such an one, meditation helps not, but mainly hinders. As before I have said, meditation (to be wisely undertaken) is for those who have reached a point in evolution where the rounding out of the causal body is somewhat matured and where the student is in one of the final grades in the Hall of Learning. You need to remember that I refer not here to the mystic meditation but to the scientifically occult meditation. The dangers are, therefore, practically those of wasted time, of an intensification of a vibration out of all proportion to the key of the other vibrations, and of an unequal rounding out and a lop-sided building that will necessitate reconstruction in other lives. [110]

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