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Meher Baba

If you take Baba to be perfect and one with God, Baba is then the Ocean — and these different paths, Sufism, Vedantism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Jainism and Christianity are as rivers to the ocean. But now the time has arrived and a period has arrived when these rivers have more or less become dry. Those who follow these different paths do it only in form. More importance is given to ceremonies and practices, but the real purpose is lost sight of.

Vedantism, which is based on unity and assertion, finds its goal in the Aham Brahmasmi, "I am God," state. Buddhism, which is based on good living, finds its goal in nirvana. Zoroastrianism, which is based on pure thoughts, pure words and pure deeds, has its goal in Ahuramazda. Christianity, which is based especially on Christian mysticism, has its goal in becoming one with the Father. And Sufism, which is based on love, ends in fana and baqa, the annihilation and the becoming. And the different yogas, bhakti yoga, dnyan yoga, karma yoga and raja yoga, have their endings in nirvikalpa samadhi.

All these ends mean becoming One with God, and living the life of God — in short, deification.

But, as I say, time is such that these rivers have gone dry and so the Ocean itself has to go out and flood these rivers. So it is now time for me to reorient these different "isms" which end in One God.

HOW A MASTER WORKS, p. 125, Ivy O. Duce
1975 © Sufism Reoriented, Inc.


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