NO ROOM FOR EVEN A SHADOW
The Master is the divine Beloved; and when the disciple meets his Master, all that he has to do is to love him. For if the disciple loves the Master out of the fullness of his heart, his final union with him is assured. He need not worry about the quality of his love. He should love in spite of his weaknesses and not tarry till he can purify his own heart.
The Master is the very source of purity, and to set one’s heart on the Master is the beginning of self-purification. When the disciple has wholehearted devotion for the Master, he opens himself to the reception of the divine love that the Master pours upon him. All his weaknesses are consumed in this fire of divine love of which he thus becomes the recipient.
If the disciple is to be free from all weaknesses and attain incorruptible and infinite purity, he has to dedicate his life to the Master without any reservations or provisions. He must offer his weaknesses as well as his strengths, his vices as well as his virtues.
There should be no ifs and buts about his offering. His self-surrender must be so complete as to allow no room in his mind for even a shadow of any secret self-desire.
DISCOURSES, 7th ed, p. 148
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