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The One Real "I," which is eternally free, gets apparently bound by this process, and, it is eternally trying to forget and trying to remember at one and the same time.

 

In another type of yoga (bhakti-yoga) the real "I," while acting the part of the falser "I," tries to worship the real. The false "I" cannot be anything but false, and it cannot have any conception of the real "I." The real "I," acting as false "I," forms a false conception of the real "I."

 

Then what does the false "I" say? It says, "O Real I! I worship Thee in all!"

 

And the tragedy is that when the false "I" prays to and worships the real "I,” it sees and comes across only the innumerable false "I’s." In fact it worships other false “I's,'' rather than the One and Real "I."

 

However, the Path of Love (prem-yoga) is unique, because on it the Real "I" plays the part of false "I," while it itself covertly remains in the background as the Beloved. And, while continuing to play this part, it burns or consumes its false ego, to remain ultimately itself as the Beloved.

 

In Eruch, for example, the real "I" acts as the false "I" and loves the real "I" within. On one hand there is the real "I" and on the other, there is the false "I" as Eruch. But these are not two separate "I’s." The false "I" as Eruch, tries to bestow love on the real "I." And that is why with gradual increase in love and with greater intensity of longing, the false "I" by degrees gets more and more consumed, effaced, by love. All the while, the real "I," as the Beloved, remains in the background as it really is. Eventually, when the false "I" is totally consumed, there remains neither the false "I" nor love. The Beloved, as the real "I" reigns supreme as One Infinite Indivisible Self.

 

In the subtle planes, the inner experiences of the real "I" may be said to be Divine Hallucination. In the mental planes, the inner experiences of the real "I" may be said to be Spiritual Nightmare. Inner experiences end in Divine Awakening.

 

Baba then explained the secret of the spiritual path. "Shariat" are the prayers and rituals of the man of the world; God pays no attention to them. "Tarikat" [sic- Tariqat] is the experience of the split "I." There are also "Harikat" [Haqiqat] and "Marifat."[Marefat] *

 

* See page 214, "God Speaks" [first edition; in later editions, see item 16 in the Supplement of
"God Speaks" and ERRATA on page 73 in this issue of The Awakener Magazine-JK webmaster-2008]

 

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