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ON DISAGREEMENT

Mani Irani

 
Guruprasad, Poona
19 June 1961

I cannot emphasize too greatly the need among us ALL for a semblance of harmony and understanding of one another's point of view by remembering the good intentions underlying one another's actions, and by striving for a balance of 'giving in' on both sides at one time or another.

The part that money plays helps not only in spreading Baba's message to others, but the involvement with it also helps His dear ones in practising greater patience, tolerance and understanding for each other in Baba's Love. There is nothing like adjusting through compromise (now from one side, now from the other) to keep the ball of His work rolling. As we are all His workers on this side of the fence, it is very necessary. This may sound like preaching, but I am simply speaking from experience, knowing such disagreement crops up in nearly all the groups in East and West who work for Baba's cause.

I like to think of disagreement as a 'tread' necessary for a vehicle (or a footwear) while going up a steep incline, helping to increase our 'grip' and preventing a 'slipping' into carelessness — but disagreement should never grow into dissension to such an extent that it becomes an accumulated weight which slows down the progress of the vehicle and causes unnecessary jolts.

Mani

 

LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI OF AVATAR MEHER BABA, Vol. 1, p. 24, ed Jim Mistry
1981 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust

               

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