A Devotee recently posed this question through the Patreon message board, and felt this conversation may be a useful pointer to reflect on. Merely being in a Masters presence will certainly be of benefit at some level, but with some of these qualities and intent, one is able to be receptive to what the Master truly wants to awaken within us.
Mohanji in this beautiful talk sheds light on Surrendering to Sai Baba. While it is not easy and is an incremental process, by doing so, the chances of the flowering begin to increase.
Eventually the seed of the Gurus grace which is already planted then takes root and an awakening takes place in the fertile soil of the devotees humility, surrender and faith.