chapter  1
The Functions of 'Tidying' and 'Naming'
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If anyone whose mind is not harmonized and controlled through methodical meditativ~ training, should take a close look at his own every-day thoughts and activities he will meet with a rather disconcerting sight. Apart from the few main channels of his purposeful thoughts and activities, he will everywhere be faced with a tangled mass of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, casual bodily movements, etc., showing a disorderliness and confusion which he would certainly not tolerate, e.g. in his living-room. Yet this is the state of affairs that he takes for 104

granted within a considerable portion of his waking life and normal mental activity. Let us now look at the details of that rather untidy picture.