The Master spoke again: “Although I’ve written about these five stages, it means nothing. I wrote about them because I will die soon, and I wanted to have people understand these teachings thoroughly. But they cannot be applied in this way all at once. It takes many lifetimes of continual practice before you can understand them and make a true vow to apply them in your life. Don’t think you will make full use of them in one lifetime or even two. Even though I have thoroughly understood these teachings and clearly grasped the seed, I’m still not able to use it freely. You may discover gold, but if you don’t actually take it from the ground, you can’t make any use of it.
Suzuki Shosan (1579 –1655)