The divine working is not the working which the egoistic mind desires or approves; for it uses error in order to arrive at truth, suffering in order to arrive at bliss, imperfection in order to arrive at perfection. The ego cannot see where it is being led; it revolts against the leading, loses confidence, loses courage.
-Sri Aurobindo, 'The Synthesis of Yoga
The act of surrender, as the term is used in this book, is the voluntary casting off of the thoughts and emotions that interfere with the realization of the spirit within.
Spiritual work has one purpose--evolvement. Growth means hard work.
Lucky is the one who can work for years without any sign of the miraculous.
It is not enough to maintain at the point you have reached; you must constantly reach deeper or the process is voided. Work must go deeper and transcend tensions; anything else is imagination. One must fight against the life mechanism which insists one has done enough. This is not a work of logic. It is a work of work. Doing and results count, not emotions and thoughts of work.
-Rudi - Spiritual Cannibalism