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LIFE MUST BE SHED

Meher Baba

 
Birth and death do not mark the beginning or end of life. Whereas the numerous stages and states of life which constitute the so-called births and deaths are governed by the laws of evolution and reincarnation, life comes into being only once, with the advent of the first dim rays of limited consciousness, and succumbs to death only once on attaining the unlimited consciousness of infinite Existence.

Existence, all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present God, is beyond cause and effect, beyond time and space, beyond all actions.

Existence touches all, all things and all shadows. Nothing can ever touch Existence. Even the very fact of its being does not touch existence.

To realize Existence, life must be shed. It is life that endows limitations to the unlimited Self.

Life of the limited self is sustained by the mind creating impressions; by energy supplying the impetus to accumulate and dissipate these impressions through expressions; and by gross forms and bodies functioning as the instruments through which these impressions are spent, reinforced and eventually exhausted, through actions.
 

GOD SPEAKS, pp. 289-290
1973 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.

               

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