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A CASE OF AMNESIA

Meher Baba

 
Let us try to explain this situation by an illustration of what sometimes occurs, even on the gross plane, to an ordinary human being who handles tremendous power and who is, more often than not, overcome by an intense desire to demonstrate his powers.

Let us compare then a subtle-conscious human soul on the fourth plane ... with a great scientist of repute in the gross world. The latter, being fully conscious of the gross plane, by sheer dint of effort and much investigation into the fields of the science of energies, fully realizes the possibility of releasing tremendous energy through certain experiments.

This scientist, we will assume for the purposes of our illustration, gradually becomes fully conscious of the tremendous energy that has come within his reach and which will ultimately come under his complete control. He then desires intensely to make use of it.

Even when this gross-conscious scientist in the gross world is conscious of the highest possible gross aspect of Energy, he is not at all conscious of that Energy in its nascent state, which is only of the domain of the subtle world and which can only be experienced and controlled by the subtle-conscious human soul, and which can never, under any circumstances, be experimented with or experienced by any gross-conscious human being.

Therefore, when this gross-conscious scientist in the gross world on earth is conscious of the highest possible gross aspects of nuclear energy, he is actually fully conscious of only one of the highest gross aspects of energy of the domain of the subtle world.

And, when this scientist, who is conscious of one of the highest gross aspects of energy, which is now entirely under his control, is overpowered by an intense desire which is also the highest aspect of Mind of the mental world to use it, then the scientist's whole career hangs in the balance, and it is thus very often at stake.

It is at this juncture of conflicting thoughts, which on the one hand provoke the scientist to demonstrate his powers, and on the other hand soothe him to become reticent, that the scientist has to be extremely careful to maintain an equilibrium that is, balancing the tremendous aspects of energy at his disposal. It rests with him either to use it for the welfare of the world, or to misuse it for its devastating effects, or, not to use it at all. He is confronted with the irresistible, overpowering force of the predominant aspect of mind in the shape of intense desires which haunt him with fame, name and power, tickling his ego to the utmost towards selfish ends, irrespective of the potential destruction and devastation which can be wrought.

If the scientist succumbs, therefore, to this overweening desire, which is now at its zenith, and is thereby directed for his selfish ends to misuse the power that he controls in the form of one of the highest aspects of energy, he then consciously leads himself to attempt to explode the most deadly weapon in his control more powerful than, say, the latest hydrogen bomb.

It is at this stage that the crucial point is reached.

The scientist explodes his weapon, spreading devastating results; and the equilibrium which was thus far very narrowly maintained between use of power and overpowering desire is absolutely disturbed.

This scientist could not content himself and was incapable of maintaining an equilibrium or balance between the tremendous aspect of energy that lay latent in his weapon, which fortified him with power, and the intense desire to explode the weapon consciously, unmindful of the unimaginable result.

The tragedy of the whole thing was that this scientist, being conscious of and intensely self-interested in the result of the explosion of the bomb, was the first to be directly affected by the blast of the explosion despite all of the necessary precautions taken.

The immediate consequence to himself was that at first he was completely overpowered by his own experiment and was aghast; and, he fell flat on the ground, absolutely unconscious. To add to this tragedy, when he regained his consciousness, he regained it at what cost? He had completely forgotten his state as a great and advanced scientist and he was also incapable of remembering his immediate past, his boyhood and his activities as a young man with all of their associations with wife, children and friends.

The greatest change that took place in him was that he did not even feel that he had lost anything i.e., his memory and his consciousness of being a great scientist. The doctors call such an occurrence a case of amnesia. He had consciousness only of the fact that he was a man of the most rudimentary type. He then started his life afresh, never once imagining that he had lived the life of a great man of science, who had under his control vast and tremendous forces of energy.

In a similar fashion occurs the tragedy of the most advanced subtle-conscious human soul on the fourth place. He, being energy personified, misuses the energy at its zenith in the subtle world, and consequently loses all consciousness except the most finite consciousness which, according to the law of evolution, has to take the most crude form of stone to experience that most finite consciousness.

 

GOD SPEAKS, pp. 65-67
1973 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.

               

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