The Relationship with the Master in Spiritual Life – Helpful contacts and associations


Just as the Master may isolate a close disciple from undesirable contacts and connections, he may also actually encourage and bring about new and fresh contacts that he deems to be in the spiritual interest of the disciple. He has a consummate understanding of the sanskaras and karmic ties and their complications. Thus he can consciously help people to enter into such associations as will allow and call forth important responses and activities, and help the progress of all concerned along the line of least resistance or by the shortest possible route. He uses his knowledge of the past lives, sanskaras, and connections of people to help them economize their spiritual energy and use it for the best results.

-Discourses 7th Ed., p189

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