The soul, in its final self-knowledge of itself as Truth, knows that it is everything. Truth is everything. There is nothing but everything; therefore, everything includes nothing. This means that the illusion of the false world, though nothing in itself, can have its being, even as an illusion, only in the Truth and not outside it. The universe exists but has no reality, i.e. it exists in imagination, which is imposed upon the Truth.
The Life Divine—Continued from p. 4
“My work is done. It is completed 100% to my satisfaction. The result of this work will also be 100% and will manifest from the end of September.”
In August He said:
“Coming, coming, coming— came! I am tired of the illusion game.”
This was reemphasized on October 13:
Today I say: The time has come. Remember this!
And when that time came Lovers of the Ancient One around the globe held on to Him—sustained by His inner reality. Soon they began to ask if the scheduled 1969 Spring darshan would still be held. On February 9th, Adi K. Irani cabled that it would be!
When Baba had been asked (October, 1968) whether Darshan should be held in view of His ill health, He replied:
“It will be easy for me to give my lovers my darshan, so you are not to feel concerned about it. I will give darshan reclining and that will be no strain on my physical body. It will be different from all previous darshans and it will be the last in silence. Although I will be reclining I will be very strong. My physical condition now is because of my work, but by then my work will be complete and my exaltation will be great.”
Those who desired to or were able to honor Baba 's invitation to come for darshan know the truth of this statement. Indeed, it is as the Beloved had said it would be: Mani, His sister wrote in a pre-Darshan "Family Letter" :
“Long before the Darshan circular went out, Baba casually remarked that soon when He started giving His darshan to His lovers, it would not be for a limited period but for all time.”
Baba 's visible work was vast: mass darshan programs, journeys to the West and around the world, ashrams for the masts, and the mad, food and care for the destitute and the leprous, schools for the mind and heart, a Prem (Love) ashram for spiritually advanced youths; and numerous discourses and messages, one collection of which is described by Dr. W. Y. Evans-Wentz as messages that "should prove to be, not only to his own disciples, but to all pilgrims who have entered upon the Path, a source of unending inspiration." And yet Baba stressed that enough words had been given and He was here `not to teach but to awaken. ' And the institutions He so carefully brought into being He often, just as carefully, dismantled. For He said that all He did in the gross world was merely the scaffolding for inner work and that that work is beyond the understanding of the finite mind:
“Exerting yourself to comprehend my divine Game through the process of understanding opens up vast fields of speculation in which you wander and arrive sooner or later at a dead-end, finding yourself hopelessly lost.”
The way to the Self of selves is through Love—that is the message of the Ancient One who in His final birthday message to the world in His advent as Meher Baba said:
“To love me for what I may give you is not loving me at all. To sacrifice anything in My cause to gain something for yourself is like a blind man sacrificing his eyes for sight. I am the Divine Beloved worthy of being loved because I am Love. He who loves me because of this will be blessed with unlimited sight and will see me as I am.”