Friday, 25 November 2016
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Is meditation too self-centered? I am a beginner, and I've always learned that it is best to reach outwards, not inwards, to help others less fortunate than yourself. What about those who know nothing of meditation? Are they lost?

Thank you for your help.
5 years ago
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Accepted Answer
We cannot help others if we cannot help ourselves.

Sutrayana or Shravakayana, the foundational level of spiritual practice, initiates our progress on the path of genuine religion. This means to serve God in ourselves by working on our defects. The next level is the Mahayana path, whereby we learn to serve God in others by compassionate service. However, we cannot generate compassion if we do not work on ourselves, on our defects, in meditation. It all depends on our individual work. We cannot ascend to the higher stages of initiation if we do not work on ourselves. Once individual work is established, we can truly serve others selflessly.
Those who do not know how to meditate, the superficial, the ignorant, will never be able to dissolve the ego. They will always be impotent driftwood in the tumultuous sea of life. -Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

5 years ago
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#13090
Accepted Answer
We cannot help others if we cannot help ourselves.

Sutrayana or Shravakayana, the foundational level of spiritual practice, initiates our progress on the path of genuine religion. This means to serve God in ourselves by working on our defects. The next level is the Mahayana path, whereby we learn to serve God in others by compassionate service. However, we cannot generate compassion if we do not work on ourselves, on our defects, in meditation. It all depends on our individual work. We cannot ascend to the higher stages of initiation if we do not work on ourselves. Once individual work is established, we can truly serve others selflessly.
Those who do not know how to meditate, the superficial, the ignorant, will never be able to dissolve the ego. They will always be impotent driftwood in the tumultuous sea of life. -Samael Aun Weor, The Great Rebellion

Joyful in hope, suffering in tribulation, be thou constant in thy prayer.

Benedictis, qui venit in nomine Domini. Osanna in excelsis.

"Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!"

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