We should all feel desireless and love God fully and this is no substitute for loving our neighbors and enemies; we cannot give Baba's love to others, unless we ourselves are above all desires and look upon all in an utterly altruistic way - No lectures, meetings, worship, or dry repetition of prayers, etc., or reading Baba's sayings...
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THE GOD-MAN: By Charles B. Purdom - Allen V. Unwin. Illustrated, $6.95
Attempting to put the facts end to end for a life as complex and often incomprehensible as that of Meher Baba's is a staggering chore. Perhaps to do such a job requires both the scholarly approach as well as sympathetic forbearance in face of the unknowable of an English man of letters. It is certain that Charles Purdom has turned out in his The God-Man a unique source book for future generations of students of the life of Meher Baba. Reporting succinctly the many rapid moves in this kaleidoscopic life, he leaves one with a truly human feel of a man who could easily seem an enigmatic flash of light across the firmament. At the same time he does not fall into the fatal error of Christian philosophers of trying to render the God-man completely understandable and suffused by milk and honey.
The author allows room for, and frequently comments upon, the many actions in Meher Baba's life which are insoluble in the acid of our contemporary rational approach. It is a rare biographer who will honestly report such events and candidly admit his inability to cast them into a total frame-work of reason. Mr. Purdom also reports the seemingly sharp and cutting actions with which a great Master of the spirit on occasion deals with a situation requiring the surgeon's scalpel. The world's literature is bereft of too much of this realism of the spiritual path. It is refreshing to find an author who is willing to report events as they come, and not leave us wallowing in a sticky mess of shallow sentiment.
While Mr. Purdom has done much in The God-Man to draw the deep gratitude of students of Meher Baba's life, not everyone will agree with a number of personal observations and interpretations drawn in the second part of the book.