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porthole of his senses rather than pay the price of being a passenger in the cosmos? He measures his life by quantities and time. The spiritual man develops intensity of appreciation. He knows that the greater the suffering, the greater the lesson; the greater the prize, the higher the price.

 

The sensual man lives by the fear of death in its many forms; the essential man lives by his love of the more abundant life. Baba does not want "Baba­ites" but those who develop spiritual intelligence. For who knows better than Baba that "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing." (John 6:63). To serve God in spirit involves an educational process, of subtracting sanskaras and adding qualities. "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (right use) and all these things will be added unto you. "(Matt. 6:33).

 

To be a disciple of Baba means to practice disciplines and activities; how else can He awaken the Kingdom of God "which is within you" (Luke 17:21)? We must ask ourselves: "What is happening within me that is new?"—just as those who live by outer happiness seek stimulation in outer circumstances.

 

 

 

Thoughts

 

       On My Master’s Birthday   
   February 25th, 1954

    

By ADI K. IRANI

 

"Love for the Sadguru flowers into God-Realization, merging Jivatman (soul) into Paramatman (Oversoul) ; while obedience to the Sadguru begets power (in terms of Sat-Chit-Ananda), to help the world and its people." This is what was dictated to me by Meher Baba in 1929, in July, at Nasik.

 

Every one of us has love, in some form or the other. It may be dormant or active, dim or glowing, varying in its object, self-chosen, or created by circumstances and sanskaras.

 

Every one of us has a tendency to serve and obey the one we love, in some form or another, directly or indirectly, discriminately or wholeheartedly, intellectually or blindfoldedly. During the time-flow of life, nature provides us with certain stations in age, where we are given the opportunities for the fullest expression of love and obedience. Nevertheless, the law of nature does not wait for us to give discreet guidance to action. A wrong movement on our part may 

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