Longing, patience, and rock-like faith – the three essential conditions – Part 1


Continuing, Baba explained to Pleader:

Only a Sadguru can free one from the cage of illusion, but three conditions are required — longing, patience, and rock-like faith.

Nothing is gained without longing. This is all that is needed, but the aspirant should remain restless continuously. For instance, if a man is stung by a scorpion, he constantly thinks of how to overcome the burning, throbbing pain. He forgets about eating drinking and worldly pursuits. He forgets everything and has only one thought: how to make the pain subside!

In the same way, there should be continual longing to be one with God. There should be no other thought except this: “I must be one with God today — immediately, this moment!” The mind and heart must be devoid of any other thought.

Even though many years of suffering may pass, patience should never be forsaken. At first the longing is intense, but gradually it lessens and cools down. This should not be the case; patience must not be lost. It must be persistent. In the beginning there is great enthusiasm and a person is convinced he will soon gain Realization. But with the passing of time, his enthusiasm wanes.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1083
Sept, 1929; Bombay

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