54 TALKS ON u AT THE FEET" OF THE MASTER ?? is trying to prepare himself for it, but he is not in any sense of the word on probation or trial. They used to give us Five • Stages on this Probationary Path ; four of them agreeing with the four Qualifications about which this book is written : Discrimination, Desirelessness, Good Conduct and Love. But it is not fair to speak of those as stages on a path because we do not, as you all know as a matter of daily experience, first develop one of those and then, having finished with that, turn our attention to another. On the contrary, every one of us is trying to develop all these Qualifications simultaneously^ We do what we can with all of them, and to some of us one Qualification may be^very much easier than it is to others. It is not fair to call those stages on the Path, nor is it at all correct to speak of such stages as being separated by anything like Initiation ; one does not pass from one to another. The Fifth Stage was that called by a Samskrit word which means the " man who is absolutely fit and ready"; one, that is to say, who, after having developed the four Qualifications fairly fully, has then became fit for Initiation and is simply waiting for the time when it will be convenient for it to be given to him. It is perhaps as well that we should not use the term " Probation- ary Path " in general conversation because it is liable to lead to confusion. Remember that we develop any and all of these Qualifications as best as we can,.