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"MIND MUST GO"

A Discourse by Meher Baba

 

Mind is never transformed. Ego is transformed only once. *

 

Today you feel that you are a man, tomorrow you die and then when you are born again your mental impressions give you the feeling that you are a woman; all this is false. Mind's attitude is changed according to circumstances, but mind remains mind, whether it is uplifted or depressed. Mind can be happy and it can be miserable. It is the attitude of the mind which thus changes. Mind creates worlds, delusions, illusions, etc., but mind remains as mind. Mind cannot be transformed. Why? Because it is not one in itself. Mind survives by desires and thoughts and it is made up of im­pressions. Ego is one in itself but this Ego (the real "I") is now bound by this mind. And this mind which is made up of false impressions makes the real "I" think itself false. Mind makes you think of birth, death, happiness, miseries, etc., as real things, but nothing can be more false than this.

 

You are now here alive in the body, in your senses. Have you any impression of how you were born, how your birth took place? No . . . because you were not born at all. It is the mind that gives you the impression that you are here, or there, and so on. It is the mind that gives you the impressions which make you say, “She is my wife" or “He is my husband," etc. Mind keeps us continually "tap dancing." If you knew that your wife, child, etc., are one, if you knew that you never die, never suffer, etc., you would know you are all-in-all. But the mind is there to baffle you. Mind says "Beware! She is your wife, they are your children, etc." Mind creates these false impressions and makes the real "I" think itself false. To think "I am body, I am young, old, I am a man, a woman, I am this or that " are all impressions created by the mind.

 

Mind might make one say "I am God," but cannot make itself feel "I am God. " So long as mind is there, Ego cannot be transformed from its false attitude to its real state. Mind thus also makes you say that you are infinite, all-powerful, and so forth, but you do not experience it. Why? Because mind, which is made up of false impressions makes you—the real "I"—feel yourself as the small limited "i." If the false ego is to have the experience of its real, original state, the mind must go. As long as the mind is there, even though its outlook may undergo a change, the real "I am God" state

 

* By Ego is meant "Astitva” — "I.”

 

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