Symbols of the world's religions



Elizabeth Patterson

Before coming to Delhi, Meher Baba had remarked to his disciples that they might see there a living saint who was one of his spiritual agents. As the shrine of Nizam-ud-Din was known to be the tomb of a past saint, this was the place where we least expected the privilege of seeing a living saint.

But in journeying with the Master surprises were the order of the day. We were led by Baba to an out-of-the-way, cell-like chamber within the large enclosure where dwells, in the shadow of the shire, a patriarchal holy man with grey beard and extraordinarily luminous eyes.

Only a shaft of light entered through the doorway where we stood with the Master, but fortunately for us, it fell directly upon the noble features of one who resembled our ideal of the prophets of old. We witnessed the expression of deep inner recognition as this saint beheld the Master. We knew that the normal human eye with its limited sight has the capacity of seeing only the material body; but what the inner sight of the subtle eye and the vision of the spiritual, both of which are said to be possessed by saints? What light effulgent must they behold in a Master!

The Master himself has stated that only a Master can truly recognize a Master, but indeed what this saint perceived at that moment in Baba was a spiritual experience which we felt with reverence. In our less developed way, we could join in concord with the saint; as we so deeply knew in our hearts concerning Meher Baba that, in the words of the simple faith of Mary Magdalene about Christ: "He is one not as other men are."


TREASURES FROM THE MEHER BABA JOURNALS (1938-1942), pp. 102-103, ed. Jane Barry Haynes
1980 © Meher Spiritual Center, Inc.


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