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and of concentration camps of the heart and soul. On Baba's inspiration, we can begin to remember what it was like when man could stand up on his own two feet and sing, sing for joy, gladness, praise, prayer, and love, which does win out in the end for those who hang on, Love wins by helping us to lose once and for all that which is false. And now we can turn to bolder art, more beautiful art, real art: the stories of the Avatars who led the way to victory of God for God. The stories of those who, inspired by the Avatar, navigated the ocean of Self and drowned in His Love.

 

Baba has come to beguile us. Like simpletons, we had "conveniently"— following the line of least resistance, accepted that God never was, or if He was, He was certainly no part of our world. And now Baba has pricked our consciences into looking for God. He has goaded us into doing our own thinking about God, the soul, and our own destiny. The old questions have once again become the paramount questions: is there love? Is there permanence? Is there a soul? Baba has pointed our minds heavenward again by living as one who, throughout his entire life, takes God seriously.

 

Now that we have begun looking, perhaps we will never find God in Meher Baba, as He finds God in us. Perhaps we must do what He has done, to find God in ourselves, and having found Him there, know that He is everywhere. For as Baba has said: Either God is or He isn't. If He is, and we look for Him, we are pursuing the greatest treasure known to us. If He isn't, and we have looked for Him, what have we lost in the search? If He is, and we don't look for Him, we have really missed the boat. And as the Greek writer, Nikos Kazantzakis puts it: "What is God but the search for God?"

 

These are only a small fraction of the meanings that Baba's coming will have. There will be an individual meaning for every conscious being in the universe. And there will be many things that I cannot hope to understand with my mind, but that I can feel in my heart: a vision of a new humanity, the hope that is inspired by knowing that life is real and everlasting, assurance of better days for the world, of times when there will be more trust, less alienation from self, society, and Self. And there is the joy of knowing that God remembers us and loves us.

 

Baba shows us that the final victory belongs to God. God, as Avatar, is the hero of His own drama. The whole creation does belong to Baba, and He wishes us to remember this. We are the results of God's will to be conscious, to know Who He Is. We are His not only in the end but from the very beginning. The paths to His feet begin from wherever we are NOW. So Baba tells us to stay where we are because God IS where-ever we are; He is inside us. And since He stays with us always, let us remember to stay with Him.

 

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