A first class disciple
Is he who sees good
In all, and everywhere.

A second class disciple
Is he who sees good
As good and bad as bad.

A third class disciple
Is he who uses his binoculars
To enlarge the bad qualities
And diminish the good qualities of others.

A fourth class disciple
Is he who enjoy his good qualities
And enjoy other’s bad qualities.

A fifth class disciple
Is he who tries to devour
Others’ good qualities
And ignores his own bad qualities.

A sixth class disciple
Is he who feels that
Even God Himself is not always
Perfect, let alone his Master.

A seventh class disciple
Is he who thinks that he has made
A serious mistake
In accepting the spiritual life.

Excerpt from ‘The Wings of Light Part 1‘ by  Sri Chinmoy

Copyright © Sri Chinmoy 1975

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