MESSAGE AT THE FOUNDATION CEREMONY OF THE MEMORIAL TOWER
Meherabad, 23 December 1944
The Memorial Tower of my departed devotees which will be erected on this spot will be a reservoir of inspiration and power for posterity. Their memory is not being perpetuated for their sake; they had absolutely no desire for name or fame. Their memory is being perpetuated because it will be an example for those who are living, as well as for those who are to come. A life of sacrifice based on love is never lost; it is not only beautiful and fruitful in itself but also in the creative inspiration which it leaves behind.
The foundation of the Tower is being laid on the tomb of My dearest Masaji and on the bedding of one of My beloved disciples, F. H. Dadachanji, whose selfless service to My Cause was wholehearted in its devotion and signal in its attainments. There are also others, like Buasaheb and Munshisaheb, who served My Cause with unimpeachable integrity of character before dropping their physical bodies. For each one of them a separate flower is placed in the foundation of the Tower; and the names of all of them will be inscribed on the Tower of Glory which will be erected on this foundation.
The symbolic representation of these departed souls through flowers dispenses with the separative burial or cremation ceremonials which are prevalent in different societies; and the putting of all these flowers in the same foundation is intended to emphasize the truth that though the bodies of these devotees were different, they were all parts of One Eternal and Indivisible Soul.
The Memorial Tower has completely dispensed with the physical bodies of departed souls, for the physical body is only the illusory shadow of the soul. Those devotees whose names are likely to be inscribed on this Tower after their demise will have free choice in respect to the disposal of their bodies. Their bodies may be buried or cremated or disposed of on the tower of silence, according to the rites of their respective religions or according to any desire expressed by them during their lifetimes. They all shall be represented on the Memorial Tower by their names.
The Tower will be in memory of men belonging to different
religions and will, in fact, represent the fundamental unity of all
the great world religions. All the great world religions have in
their own ways revealed the same One Truth which I bring anew, and
this unity of all religions will be clearly emphasized by placing on
the Tower the emblems of all the important world religions. The
Tower shall thus be a silent proclamation of the unity of all
religions. The unshakable peace of Life in Eternity and the unfading
glory of Conscious Divinity shall crown the souls which are
represented by the Memorial Tower. They are eternally mine. I bless
LET'S GO TO MEHERABAD, pp. 122-125, Bhau Kalchuri
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