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different garb, yet ever the same Face assumes a different form of beauty and grandeur."

 

Baba, the Beloved, says:

 

“I belong to no religion. Every religion belongs to me. My personal religion is my being the Ancient, Infinite One, and the religion I impart to all is Love for God, which is the Truth of all religions.

 

"This Love can belong to all, high and low, rich and poor. Every one, of every caste and creed, can love God. The one and only God who resides equally in us all is approachable by each one of us through love.

 

"Religion, like worship, must be from the heart. If, instead of erecting churches, fire-temples, mandirs, and mosques, people were to establish the House of God in their hearts for the Beloved God to dwell therein supreme, my work will have been done.

 

"If, instead of mechanically performing ceremonies and rituals as age-old customs, people were to serve their fellow-beings with the selflessness of love, taking God to be residing equally in one and all, and knowing that by so serving others they are serving me, my work will have been fulfilled."

 

May we be imbued with this incomparable religion imparted by Meher Baba.

 

 

 

 

SUFI THOUGHTS

By STELLA DUFRESNE

 

"Purification of soul depends upon Divine Knowledge, for no matter how pious a person may be, he cannot advance until his soul is purified of the ego, which deprives him of the realization of God," says Murshid Inayat Khan. All Sufis, all devotees of every school seek this goal, but mostly it remains an unconscious seeking for a long, long while. It is true that the Perfect Masters can and do release those whom they feel are ready. Others should, nevertheless, strive, constantly battling against the ego, the most difficult of all tasks.

 

Purification of soul can be attained by absolute resignation to the Divine Will, by perfect trust and confidence in God, and having no other object in life save union with God. This is the terminus of Sufism, this IS Sufism. All else is vanity. One has to become rid of every kind of ego-accumulation. This is first impressed upon the mureed in the Gatha class as the process of Safa, or purification, but it continues on and on until the goal, union with God, is reached.

 

When the Sufi Saint, Bayazid of Bistun, was asked how old he was, he replied, "Four years." They said, "How can that be?" and he answered, "I have been veiled from God by the world for seventy years, but I have seen Him during the last four years." . . . That is, the period during which one is veiled does not belong to one’s real life.

 

 

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