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World Messenger is due. Sufis of all times have always given the greatest reverence and love to the Avatar, and to the chain of spiritual guidance. Not only Sufis but many thousands of people all over the world have the conviction that Meher Baba is the Avatar of this age. All religions are looking for the "second coming" but the ONE cannot come with a label—as always the One comes for all.

 

In 1952 the Master reoriented our work and devised a charter for it, and since then we have been operating under the corporate name of Sufism Reoriented. He would do the same for other Sufi schools if asked, in any country. He is the true light. Baba has also allowed us to publish three of His books and has given His blessing and some of His words to two Sufis, Don Stevens and Francis Brabazon for their books. There will undoubtedly be a fresh crop of Sufi authors during and after Baba's stay on earth. It has always been so.

 

Sufism Reoriented provides a system of inner training for those who wish to go beyond the form side of religion and arrive at the real heart of spiritual life. We have to not only intellectually know but realize that one current running through everything and every creature in existence. We have to learn how to achieve harmony with each other, with God, and within ourselves. We have to cease compartmentalizing our lives, and to translate our spiritual knowledge into everyday life. Once I repeated to Baba that some men had told me they would like to study with me but that they could not conduct their business if they had to be absolutely one hundred per cent honest. Baba gave one of His expressive looks and replied quickly, "But God has never approved of falsehood!" It is as simple as that, and it is astonishing how much energy is conserved and how comfortable one feels when one can be completely honest. Where hypocrisy exists in a heart God does not wish to dwell—hence the need for purity.

 

It is indeed true that any one can go to Baba without being a Sufi or without Sufistic training, but after the Master again lays down His dear body, there will be need for true Sufis and true Yogis to guide people on the Path. Although I would have preferred to "leave all and follow Him" in the physical sense, the Master has commanded that I establish a strong Sufi school in the Americas, and so, by His grace, this I have been trying to do. Sufistic training teaches that detachment by which one can "leave all" even in the midst of a pressured active mundane life, for Sufis regard the world as their school wherein they have to learn how to live a divine life.

 

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