Mind is first, hence, the Sanskrit word eka-citta which can mean first or one mind. To be first, means that we cannot get behind mind. There is nothing higher in other words. Mind cannot, therefore, be known at this stage. As a result of this state, everything that we perceive lies in front of mind as a mind composition which hides the uncomposed, primary (eka) Mind. Even our most sublime thoughts and subtle grades of consciousness hide the primary Mind.
In order for mind to see itself it must penetrate through the entire field of its compositions. Every ‘thing’ has to be set aside or superseded, from the coarse to the very fine. This process is somewhat like an airplane flying through a thick layer of clouds until it reaches the clear, blue sky. When mind passes through all of its compositions only then does it meet itself face-to-face—that is, know itself for the first time. This is what is called the Mind to Mind transmission.
Few people attain this transmission having been seduced by a particular mind composition. Just as music seduces the ear such people are seduced by an idea or belief which they cannot let go of. Here, regrettably, the path ends when there is still a long way to go. However, sometimes this stopping can be like a way station. We must think of it as a place where we need to regain our strength for the long journey ahead. But never should we completely stop.