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47 Concentration The Western Tradition (Heart before Mind) I was shown some of their bodies, taken from the cells many years after their deaths. They lay in open coffins in the usual modest black clothes of monks, with thin parchment-like faces, and wax-yellow hands crossed on their breasts. But there were no signs of decomposition and no smell of decay. ' I asked the prior. 'Only repeating the holy name of Christ' was the answer. An unrivalled example of a perfect combination of Mantra and Bhakti Yogas.

This inevitably leads to disappointment with its attendant suffering. The wise person who knows who he is and what he really needs, avoids all trouble as he is seeking for real and not temporal things. So, from this point of view, true wisdom is the first and cardinal remedy against errors and suffering. In this short résumé we can grasp the idea of the Eastern classical attainment and the way to it. 43 Concentration 09 - The Western Tradition (Heart before Mind) Chapter 9 The Western Tradition (Heart before Mind) AS the Eastern occult schools treat concentration as a means of achievement for the highest goal, so the mind takes precedence over the heart.

Laughingly said Seraphim. ' 'Why do you mock me, Father? You see that I am unable to move even one step,' sadly replied the Governor. 'All right, all right but we shall try it in God's name,' And so saying, the Saint took the sick man's hand in his own meagre palm and gently raised the inert body from its Seat. 'Now walk with me, do not fear for I am holding you,' said Seraphim. And the old man who weighed about 15 stone, began to walk round the clearing beside the Saint with every step becoming firmer.

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