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Meher Baba

Realisation of the Self should not be confused with the intellectual understanding of the Divine Theme. Exceptional exercise of the intellect makes one a philosopher, a poet, a scientist or an artist. But Self-realisation is undeniably the special privilege of those who are mad for God.

Orthodoxy, whether it be Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Zoroastrian, Buddhist or of any other faith, is tolerable only up to a certain point, and only in the earlier phases of the evolution of the masses, since it conserves certain dynamic values coming down through tradition. But it must be of the discriminative type and should not be allowed to degenerate into politics. When orthodoxy denies to itself the spiritual light coming from any quarter, it inevitably reduces itself to a body without a soul, leading to separative ignorance, conflicts and misunderstandings.

Loyalty to the incarnated greatness of the past and mere possession and knowledge of the traditional lore is not all that is to be desired. It may preserve your individuality as a religious and cultural unit and make you a powerful political factor. But in the spiritual domain, it makes you a nonentity — a tree without its life-giving sap.

Today, there are three factors which prevent the world from realisation of true spirituality: (1) The church of each organized religion trades in the past and fights every inch of ground before adjusting itself to the times and the circumstances; (2) The educated delude themselves into thinking that they have done their part and have laid the whole creation and the Creator under deep gratitude by merely talking on the subject from the purely intellectual point of view; (3) The masses have a superstitious, mercenary attitude towards saints and spirituality. Their approach to saints is invariably from a materialistic point of view.

I have come to give a new understanding of spiritual value and truth to every one. This truth is unlimited and can not be imprisoned in any dogmas or creeds, religions or sets of beliefs. Inherit this vast Truth which is ever-renewing, while I am in your midst!


SPARKS OF THE TRUTH, pp. 89-90, C. D. Deshmukh
1971 © The Universal Spiritual League in America, Inc.


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