- Or else, how does the pilgrim know that he has reached the sacred river on the bank of which is standing the temple of his god whom he had never seen earlier?
- Even when he stands face to face with the deity, how does he make sure that it is the god of his seeking and not some impersonation, that he is not being taken for a ride, that he is not being misled?
- How does the philosopher know that he has the hold of the universal truth from which all truths ensue, the scientist assert he has the theory of everything, something which one has been hearing at least for a hundred years now?
- How does a nation know that it is pursuing the right ideals, that it is not imposing them on others howsoever noble those might be?
- That capitalism or democracy of one country or society might be beneficial or injurious to other?
- That in one’s faith there is no fanaticism?
- Where in them all is the finality of the quest, the conclusiveness, the certainty, the assurance of the search?
- What criteria does one apply that one is on the right path?
- But perhaps the answer is determined by the quality of the quest itself. But what is it that which will determine the quality of the quest?
Yes, in the ultimate reckoning, the quality of the quest is entirely determined by the quality of the soul pursuing it. The test is within oneself only. The fundamental sincerity and perseverance should guarantee the correctness of a decision. As one grows more and more in that fundamental sincerity, as it becomes more and more psychic-spiritual, it also does increasingly take charge of the quest, making it yet purer and purer. The more the outer nature falls quiet, the more assured becomes the progress. In the absolute dependence, like the Mother’s, it is “what thou willest, what thou willest.” It is the supreme Bhakti, the total surrender that ultimately triumphs.