The discourse was an inspiring one.
At the end of it, a beggar came up to the speaker, who stood up and gave the man his cloak - to the edification of the assembly.
Later the Master said "Your words were full of unction, son, but you are not yet ready."
"Why not?" said the disspirited disciple.
"For two reasons: You did not give the man a chance to voice his need.
And you are not above impressing others with your virtue."
"What is it you seek?" asked the Master of a scholar who came to him for guidance.
"Life" was the reply.
Said the Master "If you are to live, words must die."
When asked later what he meant, he said:
"You are lost and forlorn because you dwell in a world of words.
You feed on words, you are satisfied with words when what you need is substance.
A menu will not satisfy your hunger. A formula will not slake your thirst."
Holiness today is a name without a reality.
It is only genuine when it is a reality without a name.
"She blooms because she blooms,
Does not ask why,
nor does she preen herself
to catch my eye."
"A saint is a saint until he knows that he is one."
"What is love?"
"The total absence of fear" said the Master
"What is it we fear?"
"Love" said the Master.
This is how the Master once explained the fact that Enlightenment came not through effort but through understanding:
"Imagine all of you are hypnotized to believe there is a tiger in this room.
In your fear you will try to escape it, to fight it, to protect yourselves from it, to placate it.
But once the spell is broken there is nothing to be done.
And you are all radically changed.
So understanding breaks the spell.
The broken spell brings change.
Change leads to inaction.
Inaction is power:
You can do anything on earth,
for it is no longer you who do it."