4 On leaving the School


It is no great tragedy when a student leaves a mystery school.
If he leaves because he no longer wishes to be there, it is clear there is nothing more a master can teach.
If he leaves because the master tells him, that is best.

In the former case, he may return, once certain obstacles have been cleared and he is ready to renew the study.
In the latter case, he may return when what the master wanted him to learn has been learnt.

It is only tragic if a student leaves out of fear, and then it is the
fear which is the tragedy.

If the master tells you to go, do not think it a failure.
If the master does not tell you to go, then you may go but do not need to.