IT IS A NOSTALGIA OR A GLIMPSE THAT HAUNTS THEM
So went St. Joan of Arc to the stake, rather than deny her Voices; so was Mansur Hallaj crucified by the ignorant masses, because he would not retract his declaration that he was God. So St. Francis of Assisi turned away from a life of sin, consumed with love for Jesus, and humbly and willingly endured hardships and poverty embracing the lepers, hailing all as his brethren, even "Brother Sun" and "Sister Moon" for everywhere was the face of his Beloved, Jesus.
So, Akhenaton, the God-intoxicated Pharaoh of Egypt, struggling against the worn-out creeds of a corrupt priesthood, sang the praises of the One God, in words that show the strength and truth of his Vision.
What is this divine fever that through the ages has moved countless men and women to renounce joyfully all the things that the rest of mankind hold so dear? Possessions, fame, security, family, in fact everything that the majority spend their lives and energies accumulating.
THE OCEAN OF LOVE, pp. 131-132
1991 © Meher Baba Association