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ing the unsatisfactory nature of this world, by itself
is bound to depress, render gloomy, wear one down. It
needs supplementing by other meditations which make for
satisfaction, comfort, cheerfulness. The rejection of this
world must be accompanied by an aspiration towards the
other world of Reality. The repitition of mantras aids
cessation of thoughts, and, attuning the ear to an easily
accessible echo of otherworldly truths, pushes sense ob-
jects into a remote distance. at the same time it brings
into touch with the invisible Church. Reality shines in-
to the world, and in the Buddha, the Dhamma, and the
Brotherhood it is more visible than elsewhere. Care must
be taken to keep the conception of the Buddhahood as
catholic as possible. The dhamma is the way to Reality,
or the Reality which has become Word. The Buddha and the
Brotherhood are the Word made flash. The Buddha is not
unique, and there are many besides Gautama. The Brother-
hood comprises all those who renounce the manifold for
the sake of the One: the samgha, many of the yogis, sannya-
sins, sadhus; Sufis; Christian ascetics and mystics; foll-
owers of Tao; mystical philosophers; also many tribal ap-
proaches, those who serve Reality in deeds only etc.
Refuge in the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha, and recollection
of their virtues gives faith, hope, joy, fearlessness, and
an ardent wish to remain pure and undefiled. Reality,
itself, as Nirvana, should be often placed before the ey-
es of the disciple, as some Christians place themselves
in the presence of God (see XII,  ).