PLAYING WITH ILLUSIONS
I know and understand the difficulties and problems, sufferings and expectations. Not only the individuals, but the whole world is in the throes of suffering. When suffering comes, it comes according to the divinely established law of karma. It must then be accepted with grace and fortitude. But it must be remembered that your actions are the cause of much of your suffering. Through wise action, it can be minimized. What humanity needs is spiritual wisdom; and for this, it must inevitably turn to the Perfect Masters and Avatars.
Suffering comes through ignorance or attachment to illusions. Most people play with illusions as children play with toys. If you get caught up in the ephemeral things of this world and cling to illusory values, suffering is inevitable. It is not easy for little children to give up their toys, for they become the victims of a habit which they cannot undo. In the same way, through millions of lives, you have got into the habit of playing with illusions; it is difficult for you to get disentangled from them.
For ages and ages, the atma (soul) has been seeing its own shadow and getting engrossed in the illusory world of forms. It gets addicted to the spectacle of its own creation and desires to see it through cycles and cycles of creation. When the soul turns inward and longs to have self-knowledge, it has become spiritually minded. But even there, this habit of wanting to see some spectacle persists for several lives.
The soul wants to experience some miracles or spectacular phenomena, or in more advanced stages it wants to perform miracles and manipulate phenomena. Even spiritually advanced persons find it difficult to outgrow this habit of playing with illusions. Persistent attachment to miracles is only a further continuation of the habit of playing with illusions.
It is not miracles, but understanding, which can bring you true freedom. If you have firm faith and unfaltering love for the God-Man, your way to the abiding Truth is clear and safe. Then you have no time to waste in playing with things that do not matter. Be ye guided by Love and Truth. This is the simple way that leads to God. Not by endless maneuver of alluring illusions, but by loyalty to the unchangeable Truth, can ye hope to be established in abiding Peace.
When I speak, it will be only one divine word; but it will be the word of words of the manifestation of Truth. This Word will have to be hearkened by the heart and not merely by the mind. It will go home to you and bring you Awakening.
My love and Blessings.
GLIMPSES OF THE GOD-MAN, vol 4, pp. 143-144, Bal Natu
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