“This is not the place to describe these various levels of interior silence, but in passing I would say that the pattern of all transient experiences is to act as a foretaste of a permanent state of mind that lies a step ahead. Thus, when we first come upon a silent mind – or any other type of silence – it is a new and unusual event, but one to which we imperceptibly adjust while the next step is being revealed. In this way what appears transient in the beginning will gradually, in the end, become a permanent state."
Experience of No Self
(Shambala edition, page 94)