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Baba says He has come not to teach but to awaken us. To what does He wish us to awaken? It is no new message He is giving us. It is as old as the universe—and so I will end by giving you two quotations—one from one of our Theosophical writers, Dr. Annie Besant—and one from Baba Himself. Dr. Besant wrote, in 1923:

 

"Men have sought for God in many ways, but have not found Him, because they sought amiss. They sought Him in forest and jungle, in desert and cave; they sought Him through austerity and self-torture, through knowledge and argument, but He ever escaped them. In one place only can He be surely found, never to be lost again, and that is a place beyond emotion and intellect, in the depths of your own spirit, who verily is He.

 

"There He abides forever, in the Cave of the Heart, the Hidden God. The Light beyond the Darkness, the Eternal, who is Strength and Love and Beauty. Find Him there, and you will thereafter see Him everywhere, in every human being, in every animal, in every plant, in every mineral, in the blue depths of all-encircling space, in joy and sorrow, in delight and in agony, even in the darkness of evil and shame. Worship Him in all beings; serve Him in all needs; feed Him in the hungry; teach Him in the ignorant; love Him in the unloving; make your life His Temple, and your acts His sacrifice. Then shall your eyes one day behold the King in His Beauty, the highest manifestation of God on earth, and you shall grow into man made perfect, man Divine."

 

Baba says, in Volume I of His Discourses:

 

"From the good the soul passes on to God. Selflessness is merged into Universal Selfhood, which is beyond good and bad, virtue and vice and all other dual aspects of Maya. The height of selflessness is the beginning of the feeling of oneness with all. In the state of liberation there is neither selfishness nor selflessness in the ordinary sense; but both of these are taken up and merged into the feeling of Selfness for all. Realization of the unity of all life is accompanied by peace and unfathomable bliss. It does not, in any way, lead either to spiritual stagnation or the obliteration of relative values. Selfness for all brings about undisturbed harmony without loss of discrimination and unshakeable peace without indifference to the surroundings. And this Selfness for all is not an outcome of merely subjective synthesis. It is a result of an actual attainment of union with the Ultimate Reality which includes all."

 

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