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TURNING POINT IN ITS SPIRITUAL HISTORY

Meher Baba

 
Great suffering awakens great understanding. Supreme suffering fulfills its purpose and yields its true significance when it awakens exhausted humanity and stirs within it a genuine longing for real understanding. Unprecedented suffering leads to unprecedented spiritual growth. It contributes to the construction of life on the unshakable foundation of the Truth.

It is now high time that universal suffering should hasten humanity to the turning point in its spiritual history.

It is now high time that the very agonies of our times should become a medium for bringing a real understanding of human relationship.

It is now high time for humanity to face squarely the true causes of the catastrophe which has overtaken it.

It is now high time to seek a new experience of Reality.

To know that life is real and eternal is to inherit unfading bliss. It is time that men had this realisation by being unified with their own selves.

Through unification with the higher self, man perceives the Infinite Self in all selves. He becomes free by outgrowing and discarding the limitations of the ego-life. The individual soul has to realise with full consciousness its identity with the Universal Soul. Men shall reorient life in the light of this ancient Truth, and they will readjust their attitude towards their neighbours in everyday life.

To perceive the spiritual value of oneness is to promote real unity and cooperation. Brotherhood then becomes a spontaneous outcome of true perception. The new life which is based upon spiritual understanding is an affirmation of the Truth. It is not something which belongs to utopia, but is completely practical.

Now that humanity is thrown into the fire of bloody conflicts, through immense anguish it is experiencing the utter instability and futility of the life which is based upon purely material conceptions. The hour is near when men in their eager longing for real happiness will seek its true source.

 

DISCOURSES, 6th ed, Vol 3, pp. 20-21
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