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awaken God in others. A sleeper cannot awaken another sleeper; but one who is himself awake can awaken those that sleep.

 

There is an old saying that "when the pupil is ready the Master appears," which means that even if you met a teacher he cannot help you unless you are ready and want to be helped. There must be an open mind and humility, in other words, a disposition to learn. Those who recognize him are the humble, the single-hearted, the despairing and the aspiring. The self-satisfied or the proud will not recognize him. "Who walks in singleness of heart shall be my companion—I will reveal myself to him by ways the learned understand not."

 

It is not necessary that a teacher of life should satisfy the intellect by answering the questions that call to be satisfied. It is sufficient that his presence should cause a change of heart, resulting in a new life. To quote Edward Carpenter:

 

"He will not bring a new revelation; he will not at first make any reply to the eager questions about death and immortality; he will present no stainless perfection;

 

"But he will do better; he will present something absolute, primal —the living rock—something necessary and at first hand; and men will cling to him therefore;

 

"He will restore the true balance; he will not condemn, but he will be absolute in himself;

 

"He will be the terrible Judge to whom everyone will run; "He will be the lover and the judge in one."

 

The teacher is above low desires and vulgar motives. He is known by his serenity. Perception will slowly emanate from his presence. He will be recognized by the heart. His mere appearance will convince those who seek him of his spiritual integrity. It does not matter what people say or think about him. We must each judge him by his effect on us personally. The relation between pupil and teacher should be that of love. We should obey him intelligently from love, because we want to do so, not from fear. He will not expect us to act against our conscience. He will not compel, but inspire.

 

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