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Meher Baba

Whatever is to happen will happen. This is the principle, or as I call it, the Law of 'Must', the law on which universal illusion thrives. It is as if the ready and complete film of illusion, from the beginningless beginning to the endless end, is being projected continually. If it is destined that My 'daaman' should slip from your hands, it will: but it is for Me to warn, and for you to remain alert.

In illusion, you may die at any moment. The illusory life has no guarantee because no one can know for certain what will happen the very next moment. Except God, everything is illusion. This world and its affairs are so insubstantial that it is meaningless even to say that they have no substance.

It is no joke to realise Me. Those who develop inner sight and even those who are established saints fail to fathom Me. This is because Fana (total annihilation) stands between all illusion, from the lowest to the highest, and the One Reality. The practice of Shariat, that is, living in strict compliance with the laws and precepts of one's religion, may lead one to Tariqat, the path of Gnosis, which has six stages. But Tariqat has its end in Fana.

Imagine, for example, that your body is yourself and that your body must be totally consumed by you in the course of the six stages of Gnosis. You will have to do this with your own mouth, piece by piece, at every stage. Ultimately, in the last stage, your own mouth must eat itself! This is what I mean by the final Fana, and this is why I tell you that it is impossible to realise Me without My help.


LIFE CIRCULARS, pp. 82-83, ed. Swami Satya Prakash Udaseen
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