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Chapter 3: Total Effort or Surrender

Success is nearest to those whose efforts are intense and sincere.

The chances of success vary according to the degree of effort.

Success is also attained by those who surrender to God.

God is the supreme ruler.

He is an individual unit of divine consciousness. He is untouched by the afflictions of life, action and its result.

In God the seed is developed to its highest extent.

There are three types of seekers. The first type comes onto the path because of curiosity: Patanjali calls it kutuhal. He is not really interested. He has drifted into it as if by accident. He may have read something, he may have heard somebody talk about God, the truth, the ultimate liberation, and he became interested. The interest is intellectual, just like a child who becomes interested in each and every thing and then, after a time, drifts away because more and more curiosities are always opening their doors.

Such a man will never attain. Out of curiosity you cannot attain the truth, because truth needs a persistent effort, a continuity, a perseverance which a man of curiosity cannot have. A man of curiosity can do a certain thing for a certain period of time according to his mood, but then there is a gap and in that gap all that is done disappears, is undone. Again he will start from the very beginning, and the same will happen.

He cannot reap the result. He can sow the seeds, but cannot wait, because millions of new interests are always calling him. He goes to the south, then he moves to the east, then he goes to the west, then to the north. He is like wood drifting in the sea: he is not going anywhere; his energy is not moving towards a certain goal. Whatsoever circumstance pushes him.. He is accidental, and the accidental man cannot attain to the divine. Much activity may be done by him, but it is all futile because in the day he will do it and in the night he will undo it. Perseverance is needed; a continuous hammering is needed.

Jalaluddin Rumi had a small school - a school of wisdom. He used to take his disciples to the fields, to the farms around. And he used to take all his new disciples to one particular farm to show them what happened there. Whenever a new disciple came, he would take him to that farm. There was something worthwhile there; the farmer was an example of a certain state of mind. The farmer would be digging a well, but he would dig ten feet, fifteen feet, and then he would change his mind saying, “This place doesn’t look good.” So he would start another hole, and then another.

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