There are precious gems of wisdom within your hearts, which require excavation, in order to be of any benefit to you. Intelligence is the instrument you have to use in order to gain them. At the very start, you will encounter a boulder barring your way - that is the body-consciousness, the ego. Desires are the loose rocks that have also to be dug out and kept aside. Then, you come to a bed of sand - good thoughts, good words, good deeds; when this stratum is reached, you are nearing success. If you keep on in sat sang, every day, your hearts will maintain their purity unimpaired; but, if you seek one, only off and on, it will be difficult to win grace or partake of it, for the vessel will be tarnished and untidy. In your own households, you must have noticed that a vessel in daily use is bright and clean; but vessels stored and used only now and then will have to be scrubbed with great vigour to become bright. You must take all the trouble and welcome all the patience needed, to seek sat sang and remain therein. For, it is not being born a man that is the sign of glory; it is living as a man that confers the dignity.
- Baba -