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The second stage shows some progress in the monk's endeavor to concentrate, as indicated by the white patch on both the monkey and the elephant. This limited progress means that the meditator is now able to achieve a concentrated focus every few moments to be interrupted again by a forceful distraction. This condition is like that of a flag that alternately flutters and stops, depending on the movement of the air.

The test of a meditator's immediate achievement should be discernible through his ability to maintain the concentrated tranquility unperturbed for any given time.

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