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Sweet Mother,

You have written: "So long as you have to renounce anything, you are not on this path." [Note: Questions and Answers, Collected Works Vol. 3, p. 128] But doesn't all renunciation begin when one is on the path?

What I call "being on the path" is being in a state of consciousness in which only union with the Divine has any value--this union is the only thing worth living, the sole object of aspiration. Everything else has lost all value and is not worth seeking, so there is no longer any question of renouncing it because it is no longer an object of desire.

As long as union with the Divine is not the thing for which one lives, one is not yet on the path.

21 April 1965

Collected Works of The Mother, First Edition, Volume 16, p. 319