Volume II  Page 27  §  Arriving at Self-Knowledge
DISCOURSES by Meher Baba

Arriving at Self-Knowledge

WHEN the time is ripe the advancement of a person towards self-knowledge comes about as naturally as the physical body of the child grows into full-fledged form. The growth of the Progress towards Self-knowledge gradual and imperceptible physical body is worked out by the operation of natural laws, and the progress of the aspirant towards self-knowledge is worked out by the operation of spiritual laws pertaining to the transformation and emancipation of consciousness. The physical body of the child grows very gradually and almost imperceptibly, and the same is true of the spiritual progress of the person who has once entered the Path. The child does not know how its physical body grows; in the same way the aspirant also is often oblivious of the law by which he makes headway towards the destination of his spiritual progress. The aspirant is generally conscious of the manner in which he has been responding to the diverse situations in life, and rarely conscious of the manner in which he makes progress towards self-knowledge. Without consciously knowing it, the aspirant is gradually arriving at self-knowledge by traversing the Inner Path through his joys and sorrows, his happiness and suffering, his successes and failures, his efforts and rest, and through his moments of clear perception and harmonised will as