2 — Contemplation
When the object of concentration shines in the mind without interruption you are, in the opinion of many masters, in a state of contemplation. For example, your mind is easily aware of the apple; no other thoughts intrude or interrupt your perfect flow of consciousness as it steadily holds the awareness of the apple. The apple, the meditation object, shines and abides in your mind. You are aware that you are contemplating the apple and nothing intrudes or distracts you from the very pleasant, near-exhilarating perfect use of your mind. Your mind is not rebelling, fighting, or resisting. It is serenely and very cooperatively maintaining the content which you have chosen.
Now the content of your mind looks like this:
Apple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
In time, as you are consolidated in this lovely experience, your higher consciousness will enable your acceleration to a higher level of contemplation. Likely it will do this by first releasing the apple and you will abide in a contentless state for a few seconds or a few minutes. If you maintain your alertness you may suddenly experience a universal or extremely vast perspective of the apple — of its meaning, of its essence. Often perfect concentration on a specific object goes on to become, when the contemplation is also perfect, a realization of universal aspects or attributes within the object of meditation — in this case, the life or essence of the apple. Your mind simply becomes more subtle, vastly more aware, and specific objects are seen in their universal aspects.
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