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If he begins his meditations as a coldly intellectual enquiring sceptic, without faith in the divine soul but willing to investigate experimentally if there be one, he will be brought to continue them at a certain stage of advancement as a warmly aspiring believer; and this will happen not by any desire of his own but by the Grace of the Overself. The gap between these two phases will be a dark night of the soul.

-- Notebooks Category 23: Advanced Contemplation > Chapter 6: Advanced Meditation > # 14

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