Symbols of the world's religions



Adi K. Irani

God can only be realized by loving Him with all the love at one's command: pure, simple and unadulterated love. When one's love for God, and God alone, is at its zenith, true longing for union with God is greatest, and the aspirant's ego assertion is then at its lowest point.

The aspirant at this stage is on the sixth plane of consciousness (vide God Speaks) and 'sees' God face to face in all His Glory. Such an aspirant experiences God's effulgence consciously and continually without a break. He experiences never-ending experience of 'seeing' the Glory of God. Even this most sublime experience of 'seeing' God face to face falls short of the Only True Experience — union with God the Reality.

It is absolutely essential for a spiritual aspirant who genuinely longs for union with God — the Reality — to shun false practices of yogic postures and exercise, meditation on other than God the Beloved, experiments with certain drugs, and fads for types of food. These things do not uplift the aspirant nor do they draw him out of the rut of illusion. Experiences born of these practices wear off no sooner than the 'aspirant' withdraws from or is thrown out of the orbit of the effects produced by the technique employed.

All so-called 'spiritual' experiences generated by taking 'mind changing' drugs (such as LSD, mescaline and psilocybin...) are superficial and they add enormously to one's addiction to the deceptions of illusion which is but the shadow of Reality.

The experience of a semblance of freedom that these drugs may temporarily give to one is in actuality a millstone round the aspirant's neck in his efforts towards emancipation from the rounds of birth and death.

It is good to know that there are drugs that alleviate human sufferings, so it is better to have a knowledge of a specific drug for a particular ailment and it is best to put to use the specific drug for the benefit of a human body.

But there is no drug that can promote the aspirant's progress — nor ever alleviate the suffering of separation from his Beloved God. Love is the only propeller and the only remedy. The aspirant should love God with all his heart until he forgets himself and recognizes his Beloved God in himself and others.

LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI, pp. 99-100, ed Jim Mistry
1981 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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