58 TALKS ON " AT THE FEET OF THE MASTER " nature of a hint. When it is given, we endeavour to take it because we know that, if we miss it, that particular hint will not be given again. You will understand^ that nothing could possibly follow in the nature of blame or loss from not taking it, except to ourselves. The probable consequence would be that we should be less likely to receive a hint on another occasion. Nothing more than that. Still that is quite enough for those of us who want to make progress ; therefore we do try to watch for every glanceó((to hear the faintest whis- per," to take the slightest hint, because we know that He does not speak twice on the same subject. He gives a hint to His pupil; if the pupil will not take that, then he must find out for himself the necessity of what has been recommended. A sugges- tion has been made to him ; well and good. If he is wise enough to take that, he saves himself much trouble. If he does not, then it is his own karma, and afterwards he will probably find that it would have been better for him if he had been a little more wide awake. So it is true that the Master does not speak twice, although of course we in the outer world have, as a general rule, to speak a great many times before we can get people to understand or to listen. That is the end of the Foreword proper. We then come to the four Qualifications. Four Qualifications there are for this pathway: Dis- crimination, Desiielessness, Good Conduct, Love.