On Mar 15, 2006, at 10:23 AM, authfriend wrote:

> Vaj, Rick says explicitly in what you quote that effort
> is inappropriate even at subtle levels.
> I don't know what he means by either "attentiveness"
> or "laxity," and I wish he'd expand a bit.  I can't
> figure out what they would have to do with TM other
> than following vs. not following instructions.

It's just nitpicking and semantics to keep splitting hairs over words  
when the meaning is clear to those who practice meditation. In any  
style of meditation where you have an object of focus--WHATEVER that  
object may be, the subtle mechanics will require that you maintain  
some species of global mindfulness in order to be able to meditate. I  
like Asanga's definition of mindfulness which shows how appropriate  
the description is in regards to manasika-japa/TM:

"What is mindfulness? The non-forgetfulness of the mind with respect  
to a familiar object, having the function of non-distraction."

In the case of manasika-japa/TM the global conditioned 'familiarity'  
is with the mantra and "non-distraction" would refer to the vyuttana  
or outward, distracted tendency of the "outward stroke". Since this  
so precisely and accurately applies, what else need be said?

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