Qualifications of the Aspirant: Readiness to Serve — Freedom from opposites of great and small

If the aspirant is completely detached from all works and their results, he becomes free from the vitiating opposites of great and small. The worldly-minded feel their separative existence through achievements. Therefore they have a natural tendency to judge their achievements in terms of tangible quantities. They grasp at the great things and avoid […]

Qualifications of the Aspirant: Readiness to Serve — No claims of limited “I”

The aspirant is not in any way attached to the idea of service, however, in the sense of maximum results being secured through himself alone. If any service needs to be rendered, he is willing to render it with any amount of sacrifice; but he is never bound by the false idea “I alone […]

Qualifications of the Aspirant: Readiness to Serve — Aptitude and abilities

The aspirant always has to be in readiness to serve the cause of humanity. He need not apply himself to any type of work irrespective of his capacities. He has to select that type of work which he is qualified to do by virtue of his individual aptitude and abilities. But whatever service he […]

Qualifications of the Aspirant: Some Divine Qualities — Guidance from Master

The supreme condition for sure and steady progress on the path is the benefit of guidance from a Perfect Master. The Master gives just that guidance and help which is necessary according to the immediate needs of the aspirant. All the Master expects is that the aspirant will try his best for spiritual advancement. […]

Qualifications of the Aspirant: Some Divine Qualities — One-pointedness

The difficulties on the spiritual path can be overcome only if the aspirant has one-pointedness. If his energies are dissipated in worldly pursuits, the progress he makes is very slow. One-pointedness implies dispassion concerning all the allurements of the phenomenal world. The mind must turn away from all temptations, and complete control must be […]

Qualifications of the Aspirant: Some Divine Qualities — Cheerfulness, Enthusiasm, Equipoise

Among the many things the aspirant needs to cultivate, there are few that are as important as cheerfulness, enthusiasm, and equipoise. When the mind is gloomy, depressed, or disturbed, its actions are chaotic and binding. Hence arises the supreme need to maintain cheerfulness, enthusiasm, and equipoise under all circumstances. All these are rendered impossible […]

Qualifications of the Aspirant: Some Divine Qualities — Freedom from worry

Moral courage and self-confidence should be accompanied by freedom from worry. There are very few things in the mind that eat up as much energy as worry. It is one of the most difficult things not to worry about anything. Worry is experienced when things go wrong, and in relation to past happenings it […]

Qualifications of the Aspirant: Some Divine Qualities — Moral courage and confidence

The task of forbearance would be easy if the aspirant could become reconciled to the ways of the world and accept them without challenge. Having seen the higher truths, however, it becomes his imperative duty to stand by them, even if the whole world opposes him. Loyalty to the higher truths of his own […]

Qualifications of the Aspirant: Some Divine Qualities — Forbearance

As the aspirant advances on the spiritual path, he acquires, through his contact with a Perfect Master, an increasingly deeper understanding of true love. This makes him painfully sensitive to the impact from outside actions that not only do not taste of love but actually bring him into contact with cold contempt, cynical callousness, […]

Qualifications of the Aspirant: Some Divine Qualities — Accepting world as it is

Spiritual effort demands not only physical endurance and courage but also unshrinking forbearance and unassailable moral courage. The world is caught up in Maya and is addicted to false values. Therefore the ways of the world run counter to the standards the aspirant has set for himself. If he runs away from the world, […]