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yielding the eternal bliss and infinite knowledge of superconsciousness. But Mukti or Moksha is experienced after the soul has dropped its bodies; and the state of Nirvana as well as the Nirvikalpa State can both be experienced before giving up the bodies. However, though the state of Nirvana and the Nirvikalpa State are like each other in respect of retaining the body, and though they are also fundamentally the same in essence, there is a slight difference between the two.

 

When the soul comes out of the ego-shell and enters into the infinite life of God, its limited individuality is replaced by unlimited individuality. The soul knows that it is God-conscious and thus preserves its individuality. The important point is that individuality is not entirely extinguished; but it is retained in the spiritualized form. However, though the unlimited individuality of the soul is, in a way, retained in the Union with the Infinite, it may remain eternally quiescent in the experience of self-contained Divinity. None comes back to the world-consciousness from this state of Nirvana or absorption. In very few cases, however, the soul which has just entered the infinite life of God, establishes its unlimited individuality through the release of dynamic divinity. This is the SahajSamadhi of the Nirvikalpa State.

 

 

DIWALI GREETINGS—1961

 

The Light of Divine Love

 

 

Divine Love leads man to a life of unity on earth.

 

Emotional integration of the people of a nation and co-existence of the nations of the world can only be realized when Divine Love illumines the mind-heart of man.

 

To love God means to love all as one would love one's own self, for God is the SELF of all.

 

The essence of all religions is "LOVE GOD,” Who is ONE without a second and Whose only abode is the heart of every man.

 

The purpose of all religions is to enlighten man to this essential, inescapable and eternal "UNITY OF LIFE”, the Truth of which is God. And if religions fail today to inspire love in the heart of man and establish unity amongst men on earth, it is high time for man to renounce all religions and love God, Who out of His Infinite compassion comes again and again, and now has come once again amidst us as Meher Baba. May He kindle the flame of Divine Love in our hearts.

 

From Avatar Meher Baba Poona Center

 

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