Qualifications of the Aspirant: Faith — Living faith born of experience

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Such fruitful and living faith in the Master is always born of some deep experience that the Master imparts to the deserving disciple. It is fundamentally different from the beliefs people hold either through uncritical acceptance or superficial thinking. Mere intellectual beliefs for the most part have very little spiritual importance. The Master, therefore, is utterly unconcerned with whether the disciple believes in him or in someone else; and he is equally unconcerned with whether the disciple, at any moment, does or does not believe in him. If in some fortunate case the
Master, through his benign intervention, wins for himself the living faith of the disciple (as distinguished from mere belief), it is because he knows that the disciple will be helped through it.

-Discourses 7th Ed. p368

 

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