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Meher Baba

I am very happy that, in response to my call, you have gathered to receive my message to you. On the path, the most important condition of discipleship is readiness to work for the spiritual cause of bringing humanity closer and closer to the realization of God. I am glad to note that through faith and love for me you have wholeheartedly offered yourselves to share in my universal work of spiritualizing the world. I have full confidence that you will not only inherit for yourselves the Truth that I bring but also become enthusiastic and valiant torchbearers for humanity, which is enveloped in deep ignorance.

Because of its supreme importance for the true and final well-being of humanity, spiritual work has a natural and imperative claim on all who love humanity. It is therefore very necessary to be quite clear about its nature. The whole world is firmly established in the false idea of separateness; and being caught up in the illusion of duality, it is subject to all the complexities of duality. Spiritual workers have to redeem the world from the throes of imagined duality by bringing home to it the truth of the unity of all life.

The cause of illusion of manyness is that the soul, in its ignorance, identifies itself with its bodies. The gross, subtle, and mental bodies are all mediums for experiencing, through the ego-mind, the different states of the world of duality. But they cannot be the mediums for knowing the true nature of the soul, which is above them all. By identifying with the bodies, the soul gets caught up in the ignorance of manyness. The soul in all the bodies, with the ego-mind is really one undivided existence. However, as it gets mixed up with these bodies and the ego-mind, which are only its vehicles, it considers itself as limited; and it looks upon itself as being only one among the many of creation, instead of looking upon itself as the only one Reality without a second.

Every soul is eternally and inviolably one with the one undivided and indivisible universal Soul, which is the sole Reality. Yet false identification with the bodies and the ego-mind creates the illusion of manyness and of differentiation within the whole. The bodies, with the ego-mind, are only the mediums or the vehicles of consciousness; and as the soul experiences the different inner planes through its different mediums or vehicles, it goes through different states of consciousness.

Most souls are unconscious of their true nature as God, who is the Unity and the Reality of all souls. God-realization is latent in them, since it has not yet come to be experienced consciously. Those who have cast off the veil of duality experience the soul through itself independently of any mediums or vehicles. In this experience the soul consciously knows itself as being identical with God. Life in the Truth of the unity of all brings with it freedom from all limitations and sufferings. It is the self-affirmation of the Infinite as infinite. In this state of spiritual Freedom and Perfection, the ego-life is finally and completely surrendered in order to experience and release the divine life in the Truth; and God is known and affirmed as the only Reality worth living for.

To realize God is to dwell in eternity; it is a timeless experience. But spiritual work must be done for the souls who are caught up in the mazes of creation, which is bound by time. Spiritual workers cannot afford to ignore the element of time in creation. To ignore time would be to ignore the spiritual work itself. It is imperative to be discriminatingly aware of the flow of time in creation and to appreciate fully the supreme importance of the moment in the future that shall witness the universal dispensation of the Truth of spiritual wisdom.

The task for spiritual workers is to help me in this universal dispensation of the Truth to suffering humanity. You have not only to prepare humanity to receive this Truth but also to get established in it yourself. It is extremely important to remember that you can help others to gain spiritual freedom and to come out of the illusion of duality, only if you yourself do not forget this idea of unity while working for others — who are inclined to create divisions where they do not exist and who thus allow no respite to spiritual workers. The minds of people have to be completely purged of all forms of selfishness and narrowness if they are to inherit the life in eternity that I bring. It is by no means an easy task to persuade people to give up their selfishness and narrowness.

It is not an accident that people are divided into the rich and the poor, the pampered and the neglected, the rulers and the ruled, the leaders and the masses, the oppressors and the oppressed, the high and the low, the winners of laurels and the recipients of ignominy. These differences have been created and sustained by those who, through their spiritual ignorance, are attached to them and who are so settled in perverse thinking and feeling that they are not even conscious of their perversity. They are accustomed to look upon life as divided into inviolable compartments, and they are unwilling to give up their separative attitude. When you launch upon your spiritual work, you will be entering into a field of divisions that people desperately cling to, and that they accentuate and strive to perpetuate consciously or unconsciously.


DISCOURSES, 7th ed, pp. 344-346
1987 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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