The harmlessness of the dove and the innocence of the child are principles to be deeply sunk into the mind for which regeneration is sought. No amount of cleverness or intellectual acumen will save a soul from shipwreck on the shoreless seas of the inner life. Childlike trust in the Vision and obedience to it will prove a real source of strength and save the aspirant from a host of enemies as cruel as they are subtle, and all the more mighty because they are not seen nor known to the waking mind. The obscure night is the hunting ground for all sorts and conditions of inferior spirits, preying upon the poor aspirants who have entered it unprepared, with all their weaknesses and failings still clinging to them. Even the smallest foible may become a grave menace to the disciple when far advanced on the Path. It is like a crevice in the armour of a warrior standing in an exposed position and facing the enemy’s ranks.
~from “The Diary of a Child of Sorrow” by Elias Gewurz