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conscious of being different from bodies, and uses diem harmoniously as mere instruments for the expression of the Divine Will, in its Purity. In the same way, the Sadguru knows himself to be Infinite and beyond all forms, and can, therefore, with complete detachment, remain conscious of the creation, without being caught up in it.

 

The falseness of the phenomenal world consists in its not being understood properly, i.e., as being an illusory expression of the Infinite Spirit. Ignorance consists in taking the form as complete in itself, without any reference to the Infinite Spirit, of which it is the expression. The Sadguru realizes the Truth. He is conscious of the true nature of GOD, as well as the true nature of creation, and yet this does not involve for him any consciousness of duality, because for him, creation does not exist as anything but the changing shadow of God who is the only Eternal, Real Existence, and who is at the heart of creation. The Sadguru can, therefore, remain conscious of creation without involving himself in any deficit of God-consciousness, and he continues to work in the world of forms for the furtherance of the primary purpose of creation, which is to create full self-knowledge or God-realization in every soul.

 

The Great Offering:

 

The Sadguru knows himself to be one with all the other souls in bondage; and although he knows himself to he identical with GOD and is thus eternally free, he also knows himself to be one with the other souls in bondage and is thus vicariously bound. And though he constantly experiences the eternal Bliss of God-realization, he also vicariously experiences suffering owing to the bondage of other souls, whom he knows to be his own forms. This is the meaning of Christ’s Crucifixion. Although in the Sadguru, the purpose of existence is completely realized, he retains his bodies and con­tinues to use them for the emancipation of all other souls from ignorance and for helping them to attain God-consciousness.

 

The Help of the Sadguru:

 

The soul in bondage is caught up in the universe, and the universe is nothing but imagination. But since there is no end to imagination, he is likely to wander indefinitely in the mazes of false consciousness. The Sadguru can help him to cut short the different stages of false consciousness

 

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