Chapter 28: With Reverence and Gratitude
You may not be able to understand what I mean. Even to a wrong man, surrender is helpful; you are not losing anything. The real thing happens not because of the master, the real thing happens because of the surrender. If you have surrendered to the wrong man, no harm is going to happen to you, because a surrendered mind is protected by existence itself. No harm can be done to you. If you have surrendered to the wrong man, even by your very surrender that wrong man may be helped and may become an authentic master - because a real disciple changes a false master into an authentic master. The very surrendering is such a deep phenomenon that when it happens you are transformed and the other person is also transformed. But that is not your worry. Remember, no harm is going to happen to you if you surrender. Surrendering, in itself, is a miracle. Even if you have surrendered to a false master, you may learn many things from him. In this existence, nothing is a wastage. Even living with a false master is a learning. You are growing, you are becoming aware of certain things that you would never become aware of with an authentic master. You are maturing, you are becoming adult.
And now, after learning from a false master, no false master will ever appeal to you again. At least you will now be able to judge who is false. You may not be able to judge who is right, but the step has already been taken: you can now judge who is false. And this is something worth learning! Now you can eliminate the false teachers, and the true teacher will be left. Now you know what is false, you will never again be magnetized by it.
So be humble, even with a false master. Be respectful, be grateful, because you have learned many things from him. And when you leave him, leave with deep gratitude. Under him, you have become more mature.
This is the right attitude for a disciple. The question is never of a right master or a wrong master. The question is always of right discipleship. Don’t think of the master at all. Just try to become a right disciple - the learning attitude, the receptivity to learn.
And be grateful. This world is a great school, and the divine force uses every way and every means to create understanding in you. This understanding is helped by both the true and the false. Remember this, it will be helpful to you.
Now get ready for the night meditation.