Nearness to the Beloved

Question: You have said that to keep the love of your disciples for you unalloyed, you must humor the less noble aspects of their nature, such as pride, jealousy, and so on. How great can their love be if they have to be spiritually bribed to keep it alive and uppermost? And by fostering the very things that can be destroyed, how can their progress be speeded up? Doesn’t this hold it back, make it difficult all around?

Baba: The love of disciples can never be said to be perfect. The Beloved up to a point is constrained to humor the lovers [disciples] for the purpose of drawing them nearer. This nearness to the Beloved in turn fans the fire of love, which soon achieves perfection and automatically destroys in the lovers the less noble aspects of their nature.

  Silent Teachings of Meher Baba, compiled and edited by Naosherwan Anzar, p129

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