I've been doing anapanasati for over 5 1/2 years without a day missed ( I keep a log ). I haven't tried to achieve anything with it or take it in any particular direction.
During that time I gradually became aware of different mental states, but I was never concerned with duplicating them.
By accident I have learned to get close to some of them.
A few weeks ago I found a very old article written by Ajahn Brahm on my computer called "Beginning Meditation" that I had read back in the 1990s. Rereading it, it occurred to me that if I had not experienced the first Jhana in my meditations that I had come close to it.
I know Jhanas can be dangerous in terms of becoming attached to them. Given that I never expected anything from meditation practice and I pretty much still have that attitude, I think I can take on that challenge.
I've seen that unlike the 1990s there are now several books out on the Jhanas.
I would like to get something written in very plain English, easy to understand and is a practical guide for a meditator aiming for those states on his/her own.
Would anyone care to recommend a particular book?
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.