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TWENTY-THIRD TALK          455

man or to any set of men, even to any philosopher.
Consequently there must always be a modicum of
truth in things which, as presented, seem unreason-
able. One should thus learn not to condemn, and also
not too easily to accept.

It is a good deal a matter of a man's disposition
whether he finds himself able to trust the Master,
when he has not seen Him, in this whole-hearted
way which is unquestionably necessary if progress is
to be made. People often say : (< I do not know what
my past has been ; I do not care. But here and now
I want to believe, I want to trust, but I find I
cannot."   And he thinks that it is very unjust.
He does not realise that the attitude of mind in
which he staads is the result of his past which he
has made himself. My advice to such a man would
be: if for the moment he has not the strength to
believe as he would wish to do, at least let him try to
move towards that frame of mind. Then in his next
life he will find the trust arising spontaneously; he
may even in the present life^ery well reach the stage
of trust. He should review his reasons for trust.
Those who say that they have no proof of the exist-
ence of the Masters (it is quite true they have not)
may well study the reasonableness of the idea, the
certainty that, since men are evolving and we can
see all sorts of stages behind us, there must be other
stages of evolution in front of us. We cannot regard
ourselves as the crown of the ages; it is a rather