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The Long Path devotee is concerned with learning how to concentrate his thoughts in the practice of meditation, and later even with meditation itself, to some degree, so far as it is an activity among ideas and images. The Short Path devotee is not. He is concerned with direct union with the object of all these efforts, that is, with the Overself. So he substitutes contemplation for meditation, the picture-free, idea-free purity of the mind's original state for the image- and thought-filled density of its ordinary state.

-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 5 : Balancing the Paths > # 64

-- Perspectives > Chapter 23: Advanced Contemplation > # 8