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Editorial:

Thoughts on the Master

DELIA DE LEON

 

During these past weeks, in thinking of Baba's teachings, it became clearer than ever to me that it is not what Baba says, but what He is that is of such supreme value to us; for it is only when the words are backed by example that they carry conviction and have importance. Therefore, it is because Baba is here with us, and gives us the example of His own life, that words and teachings become transformed into living Truth, and our hearts stirred and awakened. He shows us not only what we can become but the love of God in manifestation. We see love, wisdom and power in action, and by His perfection we can measure our imperfection, and so be helped to a standard of true values. So the first thing that Baba teaches or wants of us is not to talk but to do.

 

Baba once told some disciples who were discussing books, "learn to read ME." It is for our sakes that Baba is here, for He is already perfect, and that He willingly endures limitation and suffering. Our receptivity to Him will help us to transcend our limited selves, for Baba, by holding Himself up for our attention and saying, "Read me," shows us the meaning of perfection when man becomes God, and God becomes man—and also shows us what it means to function as a human being with complete balance, poise, and equilibrium. This is teaching in the truest sense, for He has trod every step of the path He asks us to take.

 

Whilst Baba helps all humanity, His concern is with the individual, for perfection is an individual matter which each one has to attain personally. He says we must learn by our own efforts and conscious experience, but when we make the effort, He will give us the victory. That is why, with His close disciples, Baba has always been reluctant to give explanations. He points out that explanations and discussions do not help us to realize Truth —and when you experience it you do not need explanations.

 

For progress, the chief requisite is to love God sincerely and with singleness of purpose. This is the cornerstone of Baba's teaching, for it is by love and through love that perfection is attained; but we are told, "True love is no game for the faint-hearted and the weak." We need courage, discipline, and a burning determination to let nothing deflect us from our chosen path.

 

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