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The Saint further added, "This explains the difference in spirituality of the Masters mentioned by you. Maulana Rumi appeals to the church of Islam for delivering the knowledge of Divinity (Taohid) clothed in parables. Fariduddin Attar is outspoken, and his Gnosis (Ifran) is shocking to the externalists (Ahle-Zahir); while Buali Qalandar is blatantly bold in his exposition of Divinity and naturally offends both the church and the Sufi." Here the third traveller bespeaks the Qalandari Era, of which the characteristic feature will be the universal dissemination of spiritual truths and divine secrets, however unpalatable they may be to traditionally vested interests.

 

In Hazrat Babajan, therefore, one finds a reasonable interpretation of the legend as to three Qalandars on earth signifying the end of the world. Surely the old world of ideas and beliefs, particularly in the domain of religion, is dying and everyone is anxiously awaiting what will replace it. The churches of all denominations have ceased to be the magnetic centers of human lives and the priests and pandits have come to be looked upon as fossilized growths still clinging to their walls. The present intellectual level of man and the concomitant irreligiousity demand a different approach to spiritual knowledge than offered by the church. Spiritual truths hitherto scrupulously guarded, directly imparted to a select few, and doled out to the world at large in the form of "Do's and Don'ts" can no longer be withheld. The mysticism of the few and the mysteries concerning Divinity, prophethood, saintliness, creation. evolution, time and space, are an open book today for all who care to read.

 

The immediate future visualizes every human being possessing intellectually the knowledge of his Divine origin, his present evolutionary stage and his spiritual future. The knowledge of his glorious beginning and the transcendental end of man will impel everyone to say "I am God," but the consciousness of crucifixion implied in the utterance will prevent a premature expression. This is what is meant by Daore-Qalandari—the garment of religion turned inside out.

 

The following life-sketch of Hazrat Babajan is the most authenticated version as yet presented to the world, although the information gleaned from different sources is meager, since Babajan herself was never communicative to anyone with regard to her life history. The facts of her early life and those relating to her spiritual career have all been confirmed by Hazrat Meher Baba, her chief disciple and spiritual Chargeman (Khalifa).

 

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