Here, Neville elucidates the true purpose of meditation. Meditation is traditionally taught as a way to "Quiet" the mind thus driving out thought, and the resulting experience can be nice. But of what use it this quietness and emptiness? Krishnamurti describes most meditation as putting a mis-behaving child (aka the intellect) in the corner for a "time-out". But as soon as the meditation is over, the mind is right back to its mischief. Now, the mental discipline acquired in taming an out-of-control mind is certainly useful for relief, AND it is EXCELLENT preparation for Man's ultimate endeavor... creating as a God. The Awakening of the Imagination reveals the usefulness of meditation in preparing the mind to create visions of the infinite and giving them human parentage.
Many people tell me they cannot meditate. This seems to me a bit like saying they cannot play the piano after one attempt. Meditation, as in every art or expression, requires constant practice for perfect results. A truly great pianist, for instance, would feel he could not play his best if he missed one day of practice. If he missed a week or a month of practice he would know that even his most uninitiated audience would recognize his defects. So it is with meditation....