The Links, Bangalore
Yes, you are right, I have not written to you for a long time....
You speak truly and from deep experience when you say you can only
learn through suffering and experience. Do you know these lines of Hafiz?
He who would tread my path, the thorn of grief will find
What pilgrim hath in fear of this, his quest resigned
Thou knowest well, he who attains true perfect love
Is he upon whose Soul grief as a lamp hath shin'd
It is the 'ego' which is the cause of this temporary suffering, but it
is also the means to eternal happiness and bliss, but believe Me when
I say that the real happiness which lies in store for you is well
worth the present suffering and struggle. The greater the capacity to
love the greater the pangs of separation. These pangs of separation
are felt, not only by those living physically apart from the Beloved,
but equally by those living near; in fact, the feeling of separation
is greatly intensified when living close physically and while not
having the conscious experience of union and oneness.... Love — work and
obey Me — each of you.
My work just now is heavy, apart from the universal work for the
upliftment of all. I have the work for the center which entails much
work and time, every detail of which I supervise personally, although
allotting to each the particular side of the work to which each is
suited. It is to be on a very large scale consisting of many
different sections but all under one guidance! You will read about it
all in the magazine....
M. S. IRANI