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SOUL: Dear Lord, we have already discussed the requisites necessary to gain
victory over self and to manifest true virtue. But, my dear Lord, I am very impatient.
How long is this process going to take?

SELF: You must have patience, My friend. It is commendable that you are eager
to be God conscious, but you must be patient. Patience is the symptom of surrender. If
you are anxious, you are still trying to control, because anxiety is a symptom of false ego.

You must gain real victory over false ego, and thus attain real virtue. This
requires considerable patience, which is necessary if you are to do My will. Such
patience may be required more than once. You must practice it again and again. Indeed,
you must practice it as often as necessary to achieve My pleasure.

Sometimes it is necessary to exhibit your courage by returning to an old battle.

This shows that the enemy was not killed but only wounded. This is often the case when
you are engaged in combat with self-love. You must try to realize that self-love is a
vicious enemy in the guise of a friend. Like a flatterer, he is your worst enemy, from
whom you can receive the most cruel, severe, and mortifying injury. Until you realize
this, victory over the false ego is very difficult, for you do not know who is friend and
who is foe.

SOUL:O merciful Lord, I don’t understand how I will ever be able to succeed.
Everything on this path seems so difficult.

SELF: Be brave; My dear friend. If I am for you, who can be against you?
Where is your faith? Now is the time to fight with great determination. Don’t be
discouraged, and don’t let your personal weakness be an excuse for inaction.

If you think that your strength is insufficient, then ask Me for more. I will not
refuse your request. Have faith in Me and remember that though Satan appears
overwhelming, and his fury insurmountable, My love for you is infinitely greater.
Besides, all the great pure devotees and holy teachers of the past are watching over you to
protect you. They are far more numerous and powerful than the illusory foe.

SOUL: But I am very small and frail, O Lord; How can I possibly wage such a

SELF: Victory is not dependent on you, My disciple, but on Me. Indeed, there
have been many small devotees who have defeated Satan’s most formidable agents. In
ancient times, very young child successfully faced a horrible demon; and David was a
mere adolescent when he felled the giant Goliath. Also, there have been many women
who, when armed with My weapons of faith, have defeated all their malicious enemies
and conquered all the allurements of the flesh.

Do not lose heart, My friend. Do not be discouraged. It is certainly very difficult

to be the object of so many attacks. This warfare will continue throughout your whole
life. Although ruin faces you on all sides, remember: neither the power of brain nor
brawn, nor even the trickery of your opponent, can harm you without My consent and

This may sound strange to you, My dear one, but I delight in this kind of battle,
and I often encourage it in may ways. But rest assured; I will never permit your enemies
to accomplish their evil plan and emerge victorious. If required, I will personally fight on
your side. I give you My word. I have often done so in the past, and I will do so again.
Have faith. Sooner or later, victory will be yours. Your endeavours will certainly be
crowned with success, though the fight may not end until your physical death.

I only request that you defend yourself manfully and courageously, and that,
despite setbacks and wounds, you never lay down arms or leave the field of battle. Never
shirk your duty. This warfare is unavoidable, and you must fight. But it is worth
remembering and etching in the depths of your heart: Wa la tamutunna ill wa antum
muslimoon – Qur’an.

Remember the obstinacy of your enemy is so strong, and Satan’s determination so

fixed, that peace and accommodation with him is utterly impossible. Therefore, My dear
little one, stand and fight for Me.

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