THROUGH UNIVERSAL SPIRITUAL CENTRE
The world is at war today.
It has engulfed all departments of life political, economic,
social and religious.
The instinct of self-preservation enhanced by fear and
uncertainty of the future is aggressively active in the guise of
various pseudonyms and catch-words.
Exclusiveness is parading as nationalism; self-interest is known
as economics; fanaticism is synonymous with religion;
libertinism is looked upon as social, and moral freedom; and
exploitation is termed politics.
This instinct of self-preservation is legitimate and natural
among the orders of life which are lower in the scale of
evolution. But when it expresses itself through man it makes
of him nothing more than a talking animal, and as such he is
still a long way from deserving the title, "the best of creation."
Is it anybody's fault if one finds oneself on the right side of
things or the wrong side of things? No! Every human being
has come to serve and achieve a definite purpose, and by
playing his part to perfection he automatically works out his
There is this difference, however. In the divine scheme of
things, when individuals or people are about to lapse into
bestiality, instead of progressing higher and onward, it is
suffering that rehabilitates them.
Spiritual Masters achieve this same resurrection for humanity
much more easily and less painfully not only by preaching, but
by translating into fulfilment those familiar words "self-denial"
and "brotherhood of man", whose very beginning and whose
ultimate end is LOVE.
The time for such a universal awakening is impending in the
near future, and to meet its needs, the scheme for this
Universal Spiritual Centre is set out today.
Mysore will surely realize at no distant date its singular good
fortune in possessing amongst many progressive features, the
Spiritual Capital of the world as well.
I bless every one of you, participants and non-participants, in
the greatest scheme of spiritual regeneration the world has ever
known, the foundation of which you have witnessed today.
The plan for a Universal Spiritual Centre symbolises the
character of my Divine Mission on earth.
I bless you.
From MESSAGES OF MEHER BABA, Adi K. Irani, pp. 9-10
MEHER BABA ON WAR, pp. 34-35, ed K. K. Ramakrishnan
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