DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MOTIVES INVOLVED
For example, a child is tightly holding a parrot by the neck to the point of strangling it. Now in order to save the bird's life it will not be advisable to try to snatch it from the hands of its young captor because there is the chance of his tightening his grasp. The child must therefore be offered a coin, which will make him let go of his hold on the parrot.
In this instance, the offering of the coin means performing a miracle, and saving the parrot from the child's grip means saving the mind from ignorance and maya's grip. Such is the way of Avatars and Sadgurus. However, if a yogi sees a very beautiful woman and desires her, he will materialize gold jewelry in order to attract her. It is evident that there is a world of difference between the motives involved in both these actions.
To give another example, a man has put on spectacles of white glass which make him see everything white, though in reality all things are colorless. A yogi's powers consist in putting red or green spectacles before the man's eyes, and to the man's amazement everything appears red or green. A Sadguru, knowing that everything is nothing, does not believe in wasting time over changing the color of glasses. He works toward removing a man's spectacles that he is wearing, thereby enabling a person to see things as they are; however, the yogi only adds to the illusion which a person sees by putting yet another pair of glasses before his eyes.
LORD MEHER, 1st ed, Vol. 2, p. 958, Bhau Kalchuri
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