thinks, "The Master is driving the car"; even when he may happen to do something wrong, he thinks, "The Master is doing this." Thus, he completely relinquishes all agency for his action; and all that is done by him is brought into direct reference to the Master. This automatically and necessarily involves and entails determination of each action in the light of the spiritual ideal as seen in the Master.
The four forms of personal meditation on the Master represent the four main ascending stages: (1) perceiving the spiritual ideal in the Master, (2) concentration upon the Master as a manifestation of the spiritual ideal, and (3) loving the Master as a manifestation of the spiritual ideal, and (4) expressing the spiritual ideal, perceived in the Master, in one's own life. Personal meditation on the Master, in its different forms, ultimately contributes towards the release of creative life of spiritual fulfillment. Meditation on the Master is a meditation on the living ideal and not on the bare conception of perfection; it therefore generates that dynamic power, which eventually enables the aspirant to bridge over the gulf between theory and practice and unify the spiritual ideal with actual everyday action,* in his own life. To live the life, which is inspired and illumined by the spiritual idea as embodied in the Master, is the culmination of all the forms of Personal Meditation.
It might be recalled that meditation is personal when it is concerned with a person; and meditation is impersonal when it is concerned with (a) aspects of personality or (b) something which falls outside the range of human personality, as it is commonly understood. In the Table (p. 17), the first four forms of meditation are personal; and the remaining eight forms of meditation are impersonal. Like the forms of personal meditation, the forms of impersonal meditation also individually deserve separate explanatory comments.
The interest and attention of man has a tendency to be riveted on his own bodies or other forms independently of the spirit which they manifest. This leads to illusions, entanglements and other complications; and hence arises the need for a type of meditation which enables the aspirant to cultivate a correct perspective about the real status and meaning of the numerous forms and to develop a right attitude to them.** This type of
*Meditation No. 4 in the Table
* *Meditation No. 5 in the Table