The very purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. Rather, we must criticize ourselves.
How much am I doing about my anger? About my attachment, about my hatred, about my pride, my jealousy?
These are the things which we must check in daily life.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Mental calming implies as much clarity as possible, allied with a deep feeling of freedom.
When we contemplate the sea during the day we can see stones and seaweed deep down through the clear water.
Our meditation should have the same clarity, which allows us to be fully conscious of the present situation.
The Buddha proved definitively that mere meditative concentration is not sufficient to gain liberation. Through this kind of meditation alone, one ends up in the realms of the meditation gods and the Formless Realms, states which in themselves definitely do not lead out of samsara.
There is a famous quote: “If you know how to meditate, but not how to be free, then aren’t you just like the meditation gods?”
So, it’s very important to know how to liberate your deluded thinking. That is the vital point.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche