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Baba is not here to give you boons of wealth, children and long life. He is here to give you Himself, provided you give Him your whole Self without reserve. He is an Emperor of Hearts. He has received lakhs and given lakhs. He has lived in magnificent palaces and in poor huts. But He does not possess any building for Himself except His tomb. He does not pretend to be immortal in body. Every time we meet Him, He speaks of shedding this human body and He has built His own grave. He is free from money taint. He refuses offerings. In America, the land of "dollar kings," He rejected all offerings in kind and coin. He takes very poor food but richly provides His lovers. He offered balls of rich sweets and mangoes to the poor during the Sahavas and took a handful of dahl and rice Himself.

 

Have you ever seen a modern yogi who says "Do not bother yourself about offerings of money or even flowers?" That is our Baba. Have you ever seen a saint who ordered the return to the donors of the surplus of the total contributions received from His lovers, after meeting the precise expenses for a spiritual congregation? Avatar Meher Baba did so in connection with the Sahavas Congregation held at Meherabad in 1958.

 

That is our beloved Baba of perfect renunciation. Have you seen a Mahatma who says, "No money, no ceremony; do not drink the water that has washed my feet." He is Baba, the unique personality of this scientific age. Millionaires are ready to adorn Him with princely robes and golden ornaments and to seat Him on a throne of rubies and diamonds. Have you seen such a royal sage possessing only two old pink coats? It is Baba, our Master of divine simplicity. Have you come by any prophet who does not want to establish any religion in his name and get world fame? It is our Baba, the Messiah of undivided humanity.

 

Says the Prophet of Truth: "I have not come to establish any cult, society or organization; nor even to establish a new religion." Baba's religion is the religion of the Vedic rishis . . . the religion of the One in the many; it is the religion of self-knowledge, which is beyond books and temples, thoughts and words and schools of philosophies. He wants you to read the book of pure heart which holds the key to the mystery of life. Like beads on a string, all religions are strung in God-conscious Love. Spoken words have a limit; even meditation is a language of the mind. Baba wants you to develop a language of the heart which is psychic love. From God came life and to Him it must return and be the Divine. Baba wants to evolve the divine from the human, just as plants have been evolved from the mineral, animal from the plant, and man from the animal, and saint from man.

 

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