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the purpose! I do say that is a special joy in my service to Baba of nearly 40 years to see that Baba-love arising out of the hearts of His lovers and expressed in the shape of a Baba-form built in marble to enable hundreds and thousands of other souls and seekers to be drawn to Him in the embrace of His love and devotion.

 

Wherever love for God enters, there is a temple. Thus every heart that holds such love is a living temple of God. Without that love, the most lofty edifices or resplendent Houses of Prayer are but an empty echo of man's mockery of worship. God is Love personified, and when a marble or bronze image of His physical Form draws the love of so many of His lovers, it is brought to life with their breath, it is "living" with the beats of His lover's hearts, and where that Form is housed is truly a living temple of God, and thus truly blessed is this "Meher Mandir"!

 

Now let us try to think on who Baba is. Also let us try to understand what a lover of Baba is and how he or she is so natural and similar to any other person, and yet so different.

 

Baba is God, and we are men. Everyone is God, says Advaita Vedanta; and so also says Sufism: "Anal Haq"—'I Am God!" Every one being God in the essential sense of Vedanta and Sufism is an assertion or understanding based on faith without consciousness of God. Baba is God by virtue of His unbroken experience of the Infinite, in all its aspects of Being and becoming, impersonal and personal. His experience is the fact of Reality of His Consciousness, Knowledge and Oneness. He is one with God in the Beyond-Beyond state—Paratpar; in the Beyond state—Paramatma; in the state of the Creator—Om; in the state of being One with all created things and beings in evolution, One with man in re-incarnation, One with advanced souls on the path of Realization, and One with everything and every being in God-Realization.

 

In our life with Baba we learn to live for God; but until we become conscious of being God, we are only conscious as man. As man, we are expected to lead a normal and natural life, with none of the pretensions of asserting our ''Godhood" either from reading, from austerity or a sky-high fancy of Reality, or from our long-time stay with Baba—not until we can proclaim it from that Supreme Knowledge and Ultimate Experience granted through His Grace.

 

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