Soon after our group, or “preparatory group,” had been formed, G. spoke to us about efforts in connection with the tasks he set before us.

“You must understand,” he said, “that ordinary efforts do not count. Only super-efforts count. And so it is always and in everything. Those who do not wish to make super-efforts had better give up everything and take care of their health.”

“Can not super-efforts be dangerous?” asked one of the audience who was usually particularly careful about his health.

“Of course they can,” said G., “but it is better to die making efforts to awaken than to live in sleep. That’s one thing. For another thing it is not so easy to die from efforts. We have much more strength than we think. But we never make use of it.

From In Search of The Miraculous

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