Child or Disciple?
Discipleship means discernment as well as obedience and surrender to the guru. The child’s attitude is marked by innocence and total dependence on the mother. Spiritual progress is possible only if one has both attitudes. A disciple is a conduit that conveys the guru’s wisdom to the world, just like a small pipe that carries all the water from a large tank to people.
Only when we have the feeling that “I am nothing” can the guru do anything through us. At present, our minds are filled with the ‘i’ sense. Anything poured into a full vessel overflows. So, one should renounce the ‘i’ sense and become hollow within. Then, divine grace will flow of its own accord and fill the heart. Our ‘i’ sense is confined to the level of body, mind and intellect. Performing actions from this level is equivalent to pouring milk into an upturned vessel: no matter how much milk is poured, all of it will be wasted because not a single drop will enter the vessel.
We should strive to cultivate and maintain the attitude that we are instruments in God’s hands. Only then can we gain His grace. When we realise that we are merely instruments in His hands, our every thought and word will be in accordance with what the guru desires. For this, we need to have an attitude of surrender.
When I say that one should have a childlike mind, it does not mean childishness. What we need is a childlike, discerning heart. In this heart, there is the understanding that one can depend only on the mother. No matter how old one becomes, there is a child in everyone.