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THE SEVEN REALITIES OF MEHER BABA'S TEACHING

Meher Baba

 

EXISTENCE, LOVE, SACRIFICE, RENUNCIATION, KNOWLEDGE, CONTROL AND SURRENDER

Meher Baba's teaching gives no importance to creed, dogma, caste or the performance of religious ceremonies and rites, but does to the UNDERSTANDING of the following seven Realities:

1. The only "Real Existence" is that of the One and only God Who is the Self in every (finite) self.

2. The only "Real Love" is the Love for this Infinity (God), which arouses an intense longing to see, know and become one with its Truth (God).

3. The only "Real Sacrifice" is that in which, in pursuance of this Love, all things — body, mind, position, welfare and even life itself — are sacrificed.

4. The only "Real Renunciation" is that which abandons, even in the midst of worldly duties, all selfish thoughts and desires.

5. The only "Real Knowledge" is the Knowledge that God is the inner dweller in good people and in so-called bad, in saint and in so-called sinner. This Knowledge requires you to help all equally as circumstances demand without expectation of reward, and when compelled to take part in a dispute, to act without the slightest trace of enmity or hatred; to try to make others happy with brotherly or sisterly feeling for each one; and to harm no one in thought, word or deed, not even those who harm you.

6. The only "Real Control" is the discipline of the senses to abstain from indulgence in low desires, which alone ensures absolute purity of character.

7. The only "Real Surrender" is that in which poise is undisturbed by any adverse circumstances, and the individual, amidst every kind of hardship, is resigned with perfect calm to the will of God.

 

DISCOURSES, 6th ed, Vol 1, pp. 15-16
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