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fresher rituals. I am sure that Baba does not totally advocate the abolition of rituals; out of the existing rituals new ones will have to be evolved. There is infinite power of development in everything; that is my honest belief. Baba must clarify and open my intuitive eye as well as everyone's.

 

In the history of Hindu race, there was never any attempt at destruction, only construction. The Buddhists were the one sect who wanted to destroy, and were thrown out of India. Ramanuja, Maddhwa and Chaitanya were constructive. The progress of the Hindu race has been towards the realization of Vedic ideals. Whenever there was any reforming sect or religion which rejected the Vedic ideal, it was thrown out. This was past history.

 

There are innumerable opinions and innumerable paths leading to God. Baba, as Krishna in His Universal Divine Song, "Bhagavad Gita," laid the three paths of Jnana, Karma, Bhakti. Further, it is a well-known fact that the knowledge of a worldly person, the knowledge of a devotee and the Knowledge of an Incarnation are by no means of the same degree. Also it is admitted fact that there are different levels in the devotees,—superior, mediocre and inferior. All this has been described in the Gita.

 

To attain God-Love, first, the company of holy men is needed which awakens Sraddha, faith in God. Then comes "Nistha" (one-pointed devotion to ideal). After "Nistha" comes "Bhakti." Then dawns "Bhava." Next, "Maha Bhava' Lastly, "Prema" or Divine Love. Of course when Grace of an Avatar descends, Love dawns in a flash. That comes to one in a million.

 

When there are so many paths, stages and levels amongst devotees, coming from the past, Baba will agree that one cannot be King Janaka all of a sudden. Even Janaka practiced much austerity in solitude.

 

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa said that without having realized God, one cannot give up rituals altogether, and He too worshipped for a long time.

 

Of course this is the Avataric time when Avatar floods the entire universe. It is easy to break open the curtain with the Grace of Avatar. I agree Mehersthan's built with Baba's Love; one who visits Mehersthan and loves Baba deeply gets His Grace and strength to tear off the curtain. When one feels he is one with the Divine the curtain is removed. But that is not the first stage for all.

 

The Eternal Religion of the Rishis advocated all forms of worship. Rishis of old, in spite of their willpower, in order to set an example to

 

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