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Meher Baba

Question: In a slavish country like India, is it not the duty of every Indian to work for the liberation of his country?

Answer: "Yes, but the aspect must be from a spiritual standpoint. If material freedom binds you to Maya and leads to spiritual avoidance, it is no freedom. You must try heart and soul to have India free, but it must be the freedom that helps you towards truth and spirituality."

Question: Will India come in the forefront, as in the days of old, to lead the world?

Answer: "It is the duty of India to lead the world spiritually."

Question: Is the path shown by Gandhiji the only path to attain India's freedom?

Answer: "In some respects it is. It depends on the circumstances. If India were not so disunited internally as it is now, the policy of Mr. Gandhi would bring freedom in a few moments; but it is so difficult for the Hindus and Mohammedans to unite. Mr. Gandhi saw me four times and I said the same thing to him: that unless the hearts of Hindus and Mohammedans are united, little progress can be expected.

"Work with all your heart, with the one motive of making India truly free; but do not think of the results of your work. Men like you can do what millions cannot do, as you have heart, intellect and sincerity. This selfless service of yours in striving for India's freedom will lead you ultimately to God."


TREASURES FROM THE MEHER BABA JOURNALS (1938-1942), p. 135, ed Jane Barry Haynes
1980 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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