THE RELIGION OF LIFE — Part 3
THE PATH TO THE SUMMIT
The process would be higgledy-piggeldy and chaotic unless it is under the controlling guidance of the Master, who knows the ins and outs of the Path. The consciousness of the disciple, with all its darkness and limitations may be compared to the undeveloped state of a bird in the egg. During the period of incubation, the mother-bird has to sit on the egg and hatch it with warmth provided by its wings, before the bird attains to full development and comes out in unrestricted freedom. In the same way, the disciple has to receive from the Master all His loving protection and direction, before he can become spiritually perfect and inherit the complete emancipation of God-realisation.
But the Path to the summit of Truth is not strewn with roses. Deep-rooted attachments, in all their uncanny forms, must be courageously and ruthlessly plucked out, so that the crystal purity of the heart may reflect the unutterable sweetness of Divine Life.
Selfishness in thought, emotion and action must be completely driven out so that there may be an unretarded release of unimpeachable Divine Love. Not by seeking individual happiness or safety, but by again and again offering ones life in the service of others is it possible to rise to the unsurpassed completeness of realised Truth.
THE RELIGION OF LIFE, pp. 8-10
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