“It is difficult afterwards because the faith, the surrender, the courage requisite in this path are not easy to the ego–clouded soul.” If you don’t have enough faith in the leading of the Master and then the Master says: “Now proceed” but the faith is not there, therefore we give up. We do not move forward. Surrender is not there, therefore we do not move forward. The courage is not there, therefore we do not move forward. These are the blockades as to why we cannot recognise the Master and cannot allow him to work in our life.
“The ego cannot see where it is being led; it revolts against the leading, loses confidence, loses courage.” But the Divine Master therefore does not leave us because we do not follow his leading. He is not offended and he continues in his own way. Even through our revolt, even through our loss of courage or faith he continues because he is deeply interested in us –– even more interested in us that we may be interested in him because he knows who we are and what we are.
Therefore Sri Aurobindo says: “These failings would not matter; for the divine Guide within is not offended by our revolt, not discouraged by our want of faith or repelled by our weakness; he has the entire love of the mother and the entire patience of the teacher. But by withdrawing our assent from the guidance we lose the consciousness, though not all the actuality — not, in any case, the eventuality — of its benefit. And we withdraw our assent because we fail to distinguish our higher Self from the lower through which he is preparing his self–revelation. As in the world, so in ourselves, we cannot see God because of his workings and, especially, because he works in us through our nature and not by a succession of arbitrary miracles.” It is a very special method of God. We want to see miracles to believe in God but he precisely does not do it because he wants to prepare our nature. If only miracles happen our nature will not be trained, we will not be able to see even in the leaf of a tree the miracle of God –– because it is so familiar. Only in a miracle we will see God but not in the leaves, in the ordinary ripple of a river, in the smile of a child. All these are very familiar, very small things in life and this is what God wants to tell us, he is present not only in extraordinary events but even in ordinary events. God is everywhere, omnipresent and it is that while he wants to teach us, so why should he do miracles? He does not teach us by a succession of arbitrary miracles. “Man demands miracles that he may have faith; he wishes to be dazzled in order that he may see.” One day, a disciple went to the Mother and said: “Mother, so many teachers are doing so many miracles why don’t you give miracles to the people?” She said: “What miracles do you want to see? Shall I bring a big tree here before you? Even if that happens you will not believe it.” So many miracles are happening in the world, the people have to be trained to see God in every event. Why only in the miracle? Every event is a miracle if you want to see the miracle. What is happening to you now is a miracle. Reading of this book itself is a miracle. If you consider the events and the situation of life, if you just want to see the cause and effect and relationship the very fact that this words comes to us now is a miracle. We are impatient and this impatience may turn into a great danger and disaster. Don’t therefore demand miracles.
Miracles in any case will happen. Not that there are no miracles. Miracles are what? The entrance of a higher principle into a lower principle is miracle. In a lower working when a higher working begins to operate is a miracle. If with our physical eyes we can see an invisible being, it is a miracle. The invisible being is a higher principle. Our eyes are trained to see only physical things and if your physical eyes begin to see the invisible it is a miracle. Actually, this is what happens every time, every moment because the invisible exists and our eyes are capable of seeing only they are not trained. But when necessary the Divine also gives us miracles, it is not as if he denies miracle but he does not follow our egoistic demands: “Now make a miracle and we believe in you.” because then he will not be a good teacher. He is not in a hurry at all that we should believe in him. He has a greater purpose he wants to show you miracles in everyday life, in every moment. What Arjuna saw in Sri Krishna at the battlefield is one of the greatest miracles in fact. You should read sometime the eleventh chapter of the Bhagavad Gita. How Sri Krishna manifests the divinity in a great splendour as if thousand suns were blazing at once in the sky. That is how Arjuna describes the vision of Sri Krishna. That also can happen. But before starting his teaching Sri Krishna did not say, “Now look, I am miraculous God and you should have faith in what I tell you.” No! He took the disciple little by little through the difficult process of understanding. It is only when he had already the faith in him, –– not to create faith in him –– already he had the faith in him, that the great miracle happened and Arjuna saw the Supreme Divine in physical form. If the Divine creates miracles it is not because he wants to create faith in you. It is for a specific purpose he can always do it. But to show miracles is not the sign of the Master. The sign of the Master is that he shows you miracle even in those things which are familiar; when he trains you to see God in everything. I see you and I see God — that is the miracle.