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back to Baba and He would accept them just like they never left; that's the way He does things. You can just see in Baba the lack of ego that He speaks of, because someone else would build up a feeling of resentment or feel offended, and their feelings wouldn't allow them to take anyone back. But Baba has this form of Mastery and it can he seen when you're with Him.

 

Many of the people that I was with there, I felt as if I’d known before, even from the very first day. I liked them very much and I didn't know why. Baba, too. As I mentioned, at my very first meeting with Baba, I was very nervous. But Baba has His ways of making a person calm once more. So how did He do it with me? He appeared more nervous than I! He was looking at me as if He was all nervous! I was thinking to myself, "I'm the one that's supposed to feel nervous, not He! What's He got to be nervous about?" After a while I began to calm down, and He began to calm down, and everything was O.K. once more.

 

SUFISM

By Ivy Oneita Duce

 

“Cycles change, the worlds rotate,
     But Qutubs ne’er their seat vacate.”

 

Although presenting a few facts about Sufism, it must be understood that the following is a mere capsule, since great men down through the ages have written fully and beautifully on this subject. I found over five thousand volumes devoted to it in the Al Azhar University in Cairo alone. One difficulty is that so little has been given in the English language and there are very few translations.

 

There exists a divergence of opinion regarding the origin of the word "Sufi." Some claim it is derived from the Arabic Safa or Saf which means pure—that is, pure from distinctions and differences. Some think because Sufis wore a woolen robe, the Arabic Suf for wool caused the name. Others correlate it with the Greek Sophia which is also the Persian name for wisdom. People often confuse the word wisdom with the word intellect, but we regard the source of wisdom as God Himself and feel that it springs from the heart of man. The practice of Sufism is not intellectual, it is devotional, and we speak of it as the religion of the heart. Sufis have always understood Meher Baba's conclusion in God Speaks (page 176) that:

 

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