"It's not a spectator sport!"

When you are in deep trust, that quality of trust transforms your life no matter what the circumstances.

When Milarepa went to his Master in Tibet, he was so humble, so pure, so authentic, that other disciples became jealous of him. It was certain that he would be the successor, so they tried to kill him.

Milarepa was very very trusting. One day the other disciples said to him, "If you really believe in the Master, can you jump from the cliff? If the trust is there, then nothing to it! No harm is going to happen."

And Milarepa jumped without even hesitating for a simgle moment. The disciples rushed down . . . it was almost a three-thousand foot deep valley. They went down to find the scattered bones, but he was sitting there in a lotus posture, tremendously happy.

He opened his eyes and said, "You are right - trust saves."

They thought it must have ben some coincidence, so when a house was on fire one day they told him, "If you love the Master and you trust, you can go into the fire." He rushed in to save the woman and the child who had been left inside. The fire was too great and they were hoping that he would die, but he was not burned at all. And he became more radiant because of the trust.

One day they were on a journey, they were to cross a river, and they told him, "You need not go in the boat. You have such great trust - you can walk on the water." And he walked.

That was the first time the Master saw him. He said, "What are you doing. It is impossible!"

And Milarepa said, "I am doing it by your power, Master."

Now the Master thought, "If my name and my power can do this for an ignorant, stupid man . . I have never tried it myself." So he tried. He drowned. Nothing was heard of him after that.

Even an unenlightened Master, if you are in deep trust, can revolutionize your life. And the reverse is also true: even an enlightened Master may not be of any help. It depends totally on you.

From "The Beloved: Vol. 1 pp 126-127