Volume III  Page 131  §  Qualifications of the Aspirant
DISCOURSES by Meher Baba

Qualifications of the Aspirant

Part IV

ONE of the most important qualifications for the aspirant is faith. There are three kinds of faith: (i) faith in oneself, (ii) faith in the Master and (iii) faith in life. Faith and its forms Faith is so indispensable to life that unless it is present in some degree, life itself would be impossible. It is because of faith that cooperative and social life becomes possible. It is faith in each other that facilitates a free give and take of love, a free sharing of work and its results. When life is burdened with unjustified fear of one another it becomes cramped and restricted.
        Children have a natural faith in their elders. They instinctively look to them for protection and help without requiring any letters of introduction. Faith and its counterpart This quality of trusting others persists in later life unless a person is rudely shocked by others who, through self-interest, deceive and exploit them. So, though faith is natural to man, it grows and nourishes in a society where people are reliable, honest and worthy of faith, and it fades in a hostile environment. Faith in one another becomes complete and steady