"Enlightement" said the Master "means knowing precisely where you are at any given moment - not an easy task at all!"
And he told of a popular friend of his who was, even in his late eighties, invited to dozens of functions. Once he was spotted at a party and asked how many he was attending that night.
"Six" said the ederly gentleman, without taking his eyes off his little note-book.
"What are you doing? Seeing where you are to go next?" They asked him.
"No" said the dynamic fellow. "Finding out where I am now."
The Master was allergic to ideologies.
"In a war of ideas" he said "it is people who are the casualties."
Later he elaborated: "People kill for money or for power. But the most ruthless murderers are those who kill for their ideas."
It was lecture time and the Master said "The genius of a compeser is found in the notes of his music - but analysing the notes will not reveal his genius. The poet's greatness is contained in his words - yet the study of his words will not disclose his inspiration. God reveals himself in creation - but scrutinize creation as minutely as you wish, you will not find God, any more than you will find the soul through the careful examination of your body."
At question time someone asked "How then shall we find God?"
"By looking at creation, not by analysing it."
"And how one is to look?"
"A peasant sets out to find beauty in the sunset, but all he finds is sun and cloud and sky and earth's horizon - till he understands that beauty is not a 'thing' but a special way of looking. You will seek for God in vain till you understand that God can't be seen as 'thing'; he needs a special way of looking - similar to that of little children whose sight is undistorted by prefabricated doctrines and beliefs."
The father of one of the disciples stormed into the lecture hall where the Master was holding forth.
Ignoring everyone present he yelled at his daughter "You have abandoned a university career to sit at the feet of this fool! What has he taught you?"
She stood up, calmly drew her father outside and said "Being with him has taught me what no university ever could - not to fear you and not to be embarassed by your disgraceful behaviour."