Edward Salim Michael avec The Supreme Quest (English Edition)
"Living beings are born and die continually. Sensations appear and disappear perpetually. Thoughts arise and recede unremittingly. Objects also take form and disintegrate. Desires wax and wane. Feelings are also changeable and fleeting. So, what remains that is permanent behind all these movements, behind all these creations, and behind all these incessant destructions around the human being and within him? Is it not a vital duty for him to seek to know the Immutable within himself, within which birth and death and all these perpetual changes have no place?"
To know this Immutable, it is necessary to look within oneself, to learn to meditate, to know an authentic moment of pure inner silence. It is a question, little by little, of trying the precious advice set out in this work, especially concerning control of the mind during meditation; it is the fruit of forty years of intensive meditation on the part of the author.
Edward Salim Michael emphasizes, in particular, the importance of habit because, he says, “Human beings cannot help being creatures of habit. It is necessary to establish consciously within them habits and tendencies that can help them in their spiritual practice.” And to strive against the routine, the seeker is invited to keep constantly alive within him/her burning questions concerning the Universe, consciousness, and the mystery of life and death.
Born in England, Edward Salim Michael (1921-2006) spent his youth in various Eastern countries and lived for a long time in India, the country of his grandmother. After many years of assiduous meditation practice, at the age of thirty-three, he had an extremely powerful experience of awakening to what one might equally well call either the Buddha-Nature or the Infinite within oneself.
He is the author of The Law of Attention: Nada-Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance, now a recognized classic.