smokey wrote:The answer is quite simple. People are putting too much effort while meditating. And I will just say wu-wei. Hope some of you contemplatives will understand.
I sort of understand what you're saying however if I am correct then I think you have phrased it a bit bluntly. I agree that people in the west or western mindstate are used to having, possessing, getting things. Everything has a use and we can get multiple uses out of everything (look waht happened to the humble phone), nearly everything to us is a commodity and as such when these people begin to meditate they try to "make something happen" or expect and will something to be. This will be unsuccesful.
The buddha, as quoted above, did put in effort, but I am not sure it could be considered the same type of effort. There is effort trying, grasping, wishing with Tanha for something to happen that will ultimatley remove the obkect that one is striving for and then there is effort which is the effort of sitting, watching and contemplating.
The buddha was obviously of the latter. I mean anyone who has never heard of Buddhism to sit down and watch, observe and with wisdom and clarity penetrate the veil of Maya is an absolute G.
One would assume with the above circumstance of the good man himself that he had nothing to strive towards as such, no thing to be possesed ahead (in a manner of speaking) like we do now. Just quiet, seeing, knowing, wisdom, truth. Reality is right now