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M E T A P H Y S I C A L R E A L I Z A T I O N

now known to the West ; as we have just said, this
is by no means negligible, though nevertheless still
far removed from true metaphysical realization.

It was necessary to give some description of the
point of view of metaphysical realization, because it is
essential to all Oriental thought and common to the
three great civilizations of which we have spoken :
nevertheless, we do not wish to dwell upon it to any
great extent in the present work, which must necessarily
remain rather elementary. We shall therefore only
take it into consideration, when treating more parti-
cularly of the Hindu doctrines, in so far as it is un-
avoidable to do so, since, for the great majority of
Western people, this point of view is probably more
difficult to understand than any other. Furthermore,
it should be added that if theory may always be sx-
pounded without reserve, or at least up to the point
of meeting the truly inexpressible, the same cannot be
said in respect of matters touching on realization.

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