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Mani S. Irani

Meher Baba has emphasized that words, however philosophical and wise, if not lived are a poor imitation, like inanimate flowers painted on canvas. The change must come from within; the outward is a means but not the end. The outward channel or expression is important only so far as it expresses the spirit within — like clothes that cover a man but do not make him.

Love for God must be awakened within, then one may express it through whatever one is in harmony with — art, literature, dancing, teaching, business, any profession — it matters little when He is at the back of all our actions.

Love for God once felt grows of itself. It lightens the dark corners of one's mind; it makes you think less of your own self and more of your fellow beings; it guides you, sustains you, and gives a greater joy and meaning to life. It may not lessen your physical hardships, but it helps you to face them better; it provides a better perspective of true values, and allows you to be more indifferent to the petty fears that smother you.

Trying to express in words the essence of Baba's philosophy of life and work is, I find, impossible. In this age when we value the spoken word more than the unspoken, Baba has observed complete silence for the last thirty years, communicating by gestures or an alphabet board. He once said, referring to the experience of God, that it was like a person trying to explain what a headache actually is to a man who has never had one. It is when the man experiences the headache that he knows without the aid of any description what it is.

May you be blessed with His Love.


LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI, Vol. 2, pp. 68-69, ed. Jim Mistry
1983 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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