If one pronounces words aloud in ones head whilst reading, one might be less likely to "reach" pure consciousness during mantra meditation than someone who doesn't pronounce words "aloud" in their heads whilst reading? Why? Well, early on in my TM "career" I noticed that thinking my mantra during inhalation felt extremely bad. Thus I learned to think it only during inhalation, although that might not strictly speaking be TM as thought by Maharishi. Only recently I've realised that the reason why my mantra gives me an unpleasant feeling in the head if I "use" it during inhalation might be the same why speaking during inhalation feels bad, for most people, I believe. Thus, it might be hard for me to think on a level abstract enough to "reach" pure consciousness easily, because I don't seem to be able to read without pronouncing the words inside my head. Perhaps that's a same kind of individual feature - in this case rather a handicap - as are synesthesias, or stuff. Someone who has synesthesias is probably unable to avoid them, even if they wanted to.
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