Symbols of the world's religions


By Following Shariat To Perfection, Part 2


Meher Baba

At this stage Baba made me read the relevant passage from Swami Vivekananda, viz.,

"The only true teacher is he who can convert himself, as it were, into a thousand persons at a moment's notice ... and who can immediately come down to the level of the student and transfer his soul to the student's soul, see through the student's eyes, and understand through his mind. Such a teacher and none else can teach."

Explaining this Baba said:

"A teacher, an M.A. teaching alphabets to the students, must of necessity bring himself down to the level of his students and thus he must read, write and repeat, the alphabets A, B, C along with them. Then only such a teacher is able to impart his knowledge to them and gradually lift them to his own level.

If he does not bring himself down from the transcendental heights of his own attainments, then the labour bestowed by him will be wasted upon the students. A Salik therefore has perforce to stoop to the ordinary level and talk in the language of the students, when occasion demands it.

Take the instance of the life-story of the Arabian Prophet. When persecuted by his enemies and finding his life in danger, he actually had to flee from Mecca and take refuge in Medina. Here the greatest spiritual Master of the world by fleeing from the place of his birth acted after the manner of an ordinary human being when faced with a crisis.

He never drew upon his spiritual powers to confound his enemies. Jesus known for his life-giving miracles, suffered himself to be crucified with his prayers on his lips for the salvation of the misguided ones.

It is this ordinary role played by some of the perfect ones in their times that has given rise to misunderstanding and misinterpretation of the relative importance of the pulpit of the mosque and the pulpit of the heart.

The religious formalists deny the spiritual status of a saint observing no ceremonialism around him, and the half baked Sufis condemn the externalists for their physical acrobatics, and both ignore the fact that the pulpit of the church is a stepping stone to the pulpit of the heart, the seat of the manifestation of Divine Glory."

TWENTY YEARS WITH MEHER BABA, p. 87-89, Dr. Abdul Ghani, Munsif
1975 © Avatar Meher Baba Poona Center

By Following Shariat To Perfection, Part 1


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