TWELFTH TALK 221 That is one of the especially beautiful sentences in this very remarkable book, that in the Light of His holy Presence all desire dies, but the desire to be like Him. You have the same thing, I remember, in one of the Indian Scriptures, where it says (I do not remember the exact words) " The objects of the senses turn away from the man who leads an ascetic life, but even the very desire for them falls away when the Supreme is seen." So here, when once we have seen the Master, when once we have realised Him, all lower desires are simply not there any more. You are then thinking of something higher, you have gone out of all that; you have seen something so infinitely greater than that, that these lower desires simply cannot exist any longer. Yet before you have the happiness of meeting Him face to face, you may attain desirelessness if youwil. 1 These three words are important—" If you will "— if you really mean to do it. You know plenty of people speak of their wish to attain desirelessness,. and yet all the time they are hugging the objects of desire and would be unhappy without them, so that they do not in reality wish for this desirelessness at all; they only think they do. On the surface they do, but deep down inside they know that they cannot free themselves. It is better perhaps to try to face a thing like that and make sure of it, and see whether we have got rid of all these lower desires. The Theo- sophist often thinks that he has ; he even thinks it to.