Qualifications of the Aspirant: Some Divine Qualities — Accepting world as it is

Spiritual effort demands not only physical endurance and courage but also unshrinking forbearance and unassailable moral courage. The world is caught up in Maya and is addicted to false values. Therefore the ways of the world run counter to the standards the aspirant has set for himself. If he runs away from the world, that does not help him. He will again have to come back to the world to develop that quality which would enable him to face and accept the world as it is. Very often his path lies through the world that he has to serve in spite of not liking its ways. If the aspirant is to love and serve the world that does not understand him or even is intolerant toward him, he must develop infinite forbearance.

-Discourses 7th Ed. p356

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