those who are seeking, who grope, who are not absolutely
sure, who are pulled this way and that, have many
interests in life, are not steady, stabilised in their
will for realisation, it is very good to read, because
it puts them in touch with the subject, it gives them
some interest in the thing.
is a kind of reading which awakens in you an interest
in the thing and can help you in the first seekings.
Usually, even if one has had experiences one needs
a contact of thought or idea with the thing so that
the effort may be crystallised more consciously. But
the more one knows, the more one must be absolutely
sincere in his experience; that is, he must not use
the formative power of his mind to imagine and so
create the experience in himself. From the point of
view of orientation it can be useful; but from the
point of view of the experience, it takes away from
it its dynamic value, it has not the intensity of
an experience which comes because the moral and spiritual
conditions necessary for it to occur have been fulfilled.
There is the whole mental conditioning which is added
and which takes away something of the spontaneity.
All this is a matter of proportion. Each one must
find the exact amount he needs, how much of reading,
how much meditation, how much concentration, how much...
It is different for each one.
( Vol.7, p. 214-215)