THE TEMPTATION TO SEIZE THE IDEAL
In contrast with the world of facts man builds out of his inspired imagination another world of ideals. Sometimes he imaginatively transports himself into the world of ideals; sometimes he reverts to his realistic world of facts; and occasionally he tries to bridge the gulf between them by actually and laboriously traversing the path with slow and bleeding steps.
The temptation to seize the ideal imaginatively and pose as
having realized it is so irresistible that there are very few who do
not succumb to it. This is the origin of the fraudulent saint or the
spiritual jingo, who walks and talks with his nose in the air and
arms akimbo as if he were somebody very special.
BEAMS FROM MEHER BABA, pp. 50-51
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