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It is not necessary in the modern West to follow the Oriental custom of living with or near the Teacher. However, it is advisable to try to arrange a meeting, even if only for a few minutes. When this is impossible, one substitute is to enter into a written correspondence with him--and to keep his photograph in a hallowed place where one's eyes fall frequently upon it and one is thus reminded many times a day of the need to work continuously at improving oneself and one's character.

-- Notebooks Category 1: Overview of the Quest > Chapter 6: Student-Teacher > # 143

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