can be no special spiritual advantage in being shown a white thing as colored. The colored as well as the original white thing are both false. They are both parts of a waking dream. A Perfect Master would never bother to exchange one illusion for another. He would on the contrary show the illusory nature of the entire world and would exhibit the Truth in its bareness and unqualified simplicity.
In the same way, a juggler or a magician may before your eyes convert a card-board into a bottle. But what does it avail you to see the transformation, since the card-board as well as the bottle are both false? It may appear anyway and anything to the eye; but it is false. It cannot reveal to you the unchangeable Truth. Such miracles may serve the purpose of attracting the multitude and winning the admiration of the world; but the Perfect Master is not interested in any of these things. He is interested in making you realize that everything except God is just illusion; and this knowledge cannot be given by any yogic powers.
Suppose a man wants to know what is happening in a distant city. He will have to go there personally, if necessary even on foot, to find out for himself. The yogi is able to get there in his higher body in no time and find out what is happening there. But he has to go there. This is like a person, who would go to the spot in a motor car much more quickly than a person who goes there on feet. The difference between the one in car and the one on foot is only of degree. Both have to go, and both take what they see to be real. But they have not found the Reality. They have looked upon their waking dream as giving them substance.
What they all `find' after going to the distant city is only a part of the Great Illusion. The Perfect Master is concerned only with taking the mind away from the Great Illusion, by means of which the multitudinous things of this world appear to exist, though, in fact, what really exists is only the invisible Reality known as Self or God.
The powers of the yogis, great as they are, are nothing compared with the infinite powers which one gets upon union with God. God may be compared to the Sun. The yogis are nearer to this Sun than ordinary persons and they can therefore attract to themselves some rays of this Sun.
These rays become their diverse occult powers. But in order to use these powers, the yogis have to manipulate these rays and make efforts; the miracles of the yogis are wrought laboriously. But the miracles performed by the Perfect Master involve no such effort — the Perfect Master is one with the Sun itself and all his miracles are effortless. The Perfect Master has the authority to use the Infinite Power of God with whom he has established union. But he rarely uses his power. When he does use it, it is only for the spiritual purpose of leading the bound souls to God or Truth.