Who is a Disciple?

Sunday, 20 February 2022 | Swami Deva Rashid

A disciple undertakes to learn from the master how to discover his own true nature, writes Swami Deva Rashid

We know nothing of our inner nature. Something like a crushing blow, a brush with death, boredom, loneliness, despair, extreme happiness and its opposite might trigger us to set out on the path of exploration — to discover who we really are. Disciple and discipline come from the Latin word to learn. As soon as we suspect there is a need to learn, the master beckons.

You ask me, who is a disciple. As far as I can see, with the benefits of a few blows and many blessings, a disciple is one who, having caught the scent of unbounded freedom, love, truth, peace, god or whatever, will stand by the one who emits that scent through thick and thin, for better or worse.

This does not mean they become followers. A genuine disciple remains a unique individual who breathes in the divine fragrance, and who, through diligence, persistence and trust, becomes the fragrance that the master is.

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