By tradition, the Buddhists are accustomed to sitting in concentration at the feet of an image of the Buddha, although according to their belief nothing really does exist which cannot be reasonably understood. There seems to be no logical explanation for this custom, which obviously appears to contradict the principle of rejecting all interpretations of abstract concepts, nevertheless, this paradox does certainly reveal a deep mystical teaching. In fact, while sitting in attunement with the Buddha-image, the devotees feel profoundly inspired by that very atmosphere of inner Peace received through the impressions of an enlightened Buddha, impressions which become reality for those whose deep concentration merges with the idea of enlightenment.
Love, Human and Divine, can obviously be experienced at a level, where the thinking mind and the feeling heart are harmoniously attuned within the consciousness, leaving no space for self-identification. This could be understood as a meditative condition, where the mind-world and the feeling heart merge at the level of a sublimate consciousness.
The mind could be seen as a sophisticated computer, where numberless programs are installed. These can either be downloaded at will, or they might flash by, unwillingly, at any time. The processing of these programs is what could be understood as Mental activity. Among the various thought-programs available, some can be understood from a logical point of view, whereas others require a deeper insight into the thinking world, because these proceed in attunement with the feeling heart.
Imagination, which is the secret of creative accomplishments, can be developed by visualizing imaginary sceneries with closed eyes. One can either visualize oneself within those sceneries, or they can be seen at various distances. Details such as colors, sounds and moving objects visualized within the scenery can be largely diversified, thereby intensifying the creative nature of this process.
Memory is like a storehouse, where past impressions are preserved along various periods of time, according to the intensity of the experience registered at the time. When grabbing impressions out of the storehouse of the memory they suddenly re-appear in the mind.
Past impressions can also spontaneously flash back at any time, without having been consciously called upon. Furthermore, long forgotten impressions - since many years - can also suddenly re-appear on the screen of the mind for no logical reason, other than resulting indirectly from an automatic association with similar circumstances.
Observation is the process of receiving impressions through the five senses, which are like windows through which the consciousness is fully aware of all experiences. Consequently, observation is the door-opener to all worldly knowledge and happenings, resulting in decisions and actions taken following concentrated and coordinated reasoning. Reasoning, which requires wisdom as well as the knowledge of facts, could be explained as being a co-ordination process regarding decisions or actions to be taken, there where the mind is confronted with the need of simultaneously evaluating multiple facts.
When following a project, one develops more and more willpower, with which one is able to maintain the realization of that project. While concentrating one is not conscious of the power of will involved, but sooner or later, whatever one concentrates upon becomes an intoxication unless one is prepared to liberate oneself from the domination of the project in mind.
When following an idea, one may be fascinated by it, but when giving it up for a better cause, the willpower is thereby strengthened, which is the fruit of conviction guided by wisdom. This is what could be understood by the term contemplation. While contemplating an idea without the guidance of wisdom one might become intoxicated with the chosen concept, which could then degenerate into a fixed idea or a preconception.
In other words, whatever one contemplates upon, sooner or later produces a significant effect with either positive or negative consequences; one can either become elevated, or if one is not prepared to liberate oneself from self-illusion, one can become intoxicated.
An impression is the shadow of external circumstances received through the five senses and traced automatically upon the screen of the mind, whereas willpower is the energy which motivates the thought, enabling thereby a coordination of colors, shapes and lines, creating thereby an intelligible image. The power of sensorial impressions made upon the mind can be so great that it conditions one's thoughts and feelings. In this way, the impressions of an idealized image of worship are reproduced upon one's own mind-frame inasmuch as one's thoughts are directed toward the subject of concentration.