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Sometimes Baba's method of dealing with His disciples may appear destructive, for He attacks weakness and uses strength; therefore He sometimes has to bring a disciple to rock bottom to teach a much-needed lesson—destruction precedes construction. He tells us that we can learn most from our griefs and sufferings if we endure them willingly and with patience for it is only in life that the opportunity is given to experience and transcend limitation. He emphasizes the importance of living in the ever-present, not in the past or in the future. In reality we never born and never die—therefore at this very moment Truth is here for the taking.

 

He gives no spiritual importance to miracles, and classes them with occult experiences as part of illusions to be transcended. In fact He tells us that attachment to these experiences binds us as much as attachment to material things.

 

On a more personal note He gives the advice that we should not worry, He will help us, and that we must love Him. By experience I know how worry and fear clog and vitiate the personality, so it is practical advice to tell us not to worry—in line with modern psychology. For if we can do as Baba says, emptying ourselves, letting go of the false ego, then the Truth can flow unhampered. It is rather like the Zen Masters telling their disciples, "Walk on," or, "There is nothing to do, and nowhere to go." Baba makes us aware that this terrified clinging to the little ego of ourselves is in reality lack of understanding and faith in God.

 

Baba emphasizes that He has not come to establish any new cult, organization, or religion—there are too many of these already. What He will do is to bring all together like beads on a string.

 

There is nothing pessimistic in Baba's teachings—it is full of hope, telling us of the glorious destiny ordained for all. He wants us to be cheerful and happy in all circumstances. He does, however, point out the dangers and difficulties of the path when He says that the Soul in its journey from unconscious to conscious Divinity goes through all experiences of duality, because it is through illusion that the Soul becomes conscious of its oneness with God, and the Ego, which is the cause of temporary suffering, is also the means of eternal happiness and bliss.

 

So Baba pictures for us the vast and eternal Cosmic Drama of Evolution,

 

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