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... If the true self is found, all the qualities and attributes which pertain to it will also be found, naturally and automatically, at the same time. How could the qualities and attributes of the lower nature thrive or even exist in that rarefied air…?
... ”Nothing for nothing” is Nature's law. They must give if they want to get--give up some of the barriers to enlightenment which exist in their own ego and to which they cling.
It is not enough to uncover his faults and confess his weaknesses, not even enough to correct the one and remedy the other. After all, these things concern only the stage of development he has already reached, and the ego only. He must also turn toward higher stages and also the egoless self.
Moral disciplines have a definite place in life to make us better human beings but they do not lift us to the Overself's level. The Long Path, to which they belong, has a humanitarian value but not a magically transcendent one.