“To love God as He ought to be loved, we must live for God and die for God, knowing that the goal of life is to Love God, and find Him as our own Self.” ~ Meher Baba
Meher Baba states that the universal message in every Avataric advent is love for God. He reaffirms this timeless message, teaching that all religions and all beings are one in essence.
Meher Baba provides practical guidance for living a spiritual life in his Discourses and other works. He said that “real happiness lies in making others happy” and guides his followers to live in a loving and selfless manner.
Meher Baba’s cosmology is eloquently explained in his book God Speaks. He taught that all souls are actually One, and that any apparent differences are due to differing levels of consciousness and experience.
The universe emerged from what Baba called God’s “original whim” to know himself. Baba said that each soul is unconsciously God, gradually gaining more consciousness through taking different physical forms culminating in human beings. This process creates binding sanskaras (impressions) that must be ‘unwound’ through reincarnation. Eventually the soul realises its divinity through stages of spiritual unfoldment, culminating in the soul becoming one with God and living eternally as God.
I have come not to teach but to awaken. Understand therefore that I lay down no precepts.
Throughout eternity I have laid down principles and precepts, but mankind has ignored them. Man’s inability to live God’s words makes the Avatar’s teaching a mockery. Instead of practising the compassion He taught, man has waged crusades in His name. Instead of living the humility, purity and truth of His words, man has given way to hatred, greed and violence.
Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present Avataric Form I observe Silence. You have asked for and been given enough words — it is now time to live them. To get nearer and nearer to God you have to get further and further away from “I”, “my”, “me” and “mine”. You have not to renounce anything but your own self. It is as simple as that, though found to be almost impossible. It is possible for you to renounce your limited self by my Grace. I have come to release that Grace.
I repeat, I lay down no precepts. When I release the tide of Truth which I have come to give, men’s daily lives will be the living precept. The words I have not spoken will come to life in them.
– Meher Baba
BANNER IMAGE: Meher Baba, Cannes, Aug-Nov 1937. Photo supplied by Bill and Diana Le Page. Avatar’s Abode Collection.