TRAIL OF A SEEKER BY SADGURU
Baba narrated this story:
A yogi once went before a Sadguru with a request to be shown something, such as God, the heavens or the planes. The Sadguru asked him to stay near him and take the name of Sitaram only for one hour. The yogi took this trial to be very trivial, thinking what possible great reward such a small trial would give. Although it is very difficult, practically impossible, to stay before a Sadguru even for a short time.
Reading his mind, the Sage said, "I have a still easier course, should you prefer. Go sit under a tree for twelve years observing strict fast and I will show you what you want."
This satisfied the yogi, who thought it would be a hard trial at least that would surely bring a good and substantial reward.
The story, in short, means that it is very hard to stay with a saint (who may be compared to fire!). Not only this, but in spite of a strong determination in the beginning to "stay" at all costs, one would feel (compelled) to go away at the first available opportunity, if the Sadguru turns the key internally, (despite) making an external show to keep one near.
It is extremely difficult for disciple to stand in trail of an Avatar or Sadguru. One cannot love his Master as He is ought to be loved without gift of the Master.