THE SECOND COMING
The gathering of the elect refers to the reincarnation and final assembling of His close disciples and followers at the time of His Second Coming. It is wrong to associate the Second Coming with the imprisonment of the Devil and a thousand years' peace, or with a literal interpretation of the Last Day of Judgment.
All the great mystics have understood the word "clouds" as a symbolic expression for states of consciousness or spiritual planes. When the Christ descends from the Infinite, i.e., Seventh Plane, He brings with Him to earth the Infinite Goodness, Wisdom, Power, and Love, and also the powers, signs and experiences of the six lower planes. In the words of a great Sufi saint:
We read in St. Mark ix: 2 and 7 that the Transfiguration of Jesus occurred when He ascended into a mountain: "And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him."
Therefore we see that "clouds," "the house of clouds" (manzil)(3), is a symbolic expression among mystics for "the six Planes."
(1)Here and throughout, quotations from the Bible are based on the King James Version. In addition to the other verses cited, the present quotation includes a phrase from Mark xiii 24.
(2)This account appears in chapter 53 of The Little Flowers of St. Francis.
(3)Literally a "place for alighting" or an inn, in Sufi spiritual parlance this Persian-Urdu term designates a state or station on the spiritual path.
MEHER BABA'S EARLY MESSAGES TO THE WEST, pp. 68-69, ed Ward Parks
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From QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, 1933, ed Circle Editorial Committee