Many have well-developed conceptions about a variety of spiritual topics. While we respect people's beliefs, one's mental concepts are never equal to reality. For example, reincarnation is a well-documented phenomenon that tends to polarize individuals into either blind devotees or outright skeptics. Unless one has truly lived such experiences―having been initiated into the knowledge and practices that facilitate such recollections through investigation, experimentation, direct perception, and verification―then one cannot conceive anything remotely close to the true reality of such experiences, since the most sacred practices have never been written onto paper.
For this precise reason, the science of meditation is indispensable. To those unpracticed in it, they can believe meditation is just sitting around thinking. This belief is also extremely far from the reality. In meditation, one awakens beyond the mind and lives the experiences of the inner worlds. One can relive their past lives and experience first hand the disciplines they learned. Perhaps some have undervalued what meditative experiences can truly offer: vivid, living knowledge of reality, far beyond concepts. However, developing such a skill requires decades of training.
Do you have the willpower and self-discipline to master it? Only in that way will you discover the reason why meditation has been highly venerated across the world for millennia, long before even the first religious, spiritual, and mystical writings were well-established, serving as a wisdom tradition on which any esoteric initiatic order could be founded.
Who or what can guarantee that concept and reality are exactly the same thing?
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