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Avatar, East and West
 
Baba, Ajmer, 1939 Ajmer, 1939
     East and West — the East burdened with the intolerable weight of lifeless religious forms, the West maddened by the insufferable weight of materialism — has cried out to the God it has covered from its eyes with forms and to the God it has denied in its heart by its enthronement of "Progress", and its cry has been answered: God has clothed Himself in the form of a Man with the name Meher Baba for the salvation of men.                                         It is false to say that the East should learn from the West, and that the West should learn from the East. What have men to learn from men? Knowledge is from God; and all knowledge which is not of God is added burden. Already we groan with the knowledge of knowledges — in the West it deprives children of their natural childhood and shackles adults with the fear of physical extermination. The way to purposeful knowledge is not in the "mastery of nature" so that we can the more cunningly enslave one another and the more ruthlessly destroy ourselves, but in the mastery of our own natures so that we can break the bonds of restrictive self and annihilate selfhood in Truth.
 

The way to Truth ever has been and ever shall be through reverence to the saints and surrenderance and obedience to the Perfect Masters; and when Avatar is with us, by leaving all, including saints and Masters, and surrendering everything to Him in His service.

 

In Truth there is no East and West; but you in the East are more fortunate than us of the West — the living breath of saints and Perfect Masters has always nourished your lives; while we in the West, by our infatuation with material progress, have shut ourselves off from this living breath of God; and it is in your midst that Avatar has seen fit to take birth. Considering this, it is all the more creditable that some of us in the West have recognized Him and surrendered to His love. It is this love which is our bond and mutual help — it is this love which will be the Inspirer of the New Humanity and the eventual unity of East and West.

 

Avatar is the sole source of knowledge, the Only-One-Ocean of love: so on this occasion of celebration of His birth this time on earth, it will he well for us if we remember that we will be wasting the precious boon of that degree of intelligence which He has bestowed on each of us if we use it seeking from each other those knowledges which can only increase our already unbearable burden and to use it to help us to turn to Him in the hope that He will grant us something of that Knowledge which is our divine birthright and something of the Love which is our very being: to go forward together as servants in His service and surrender our hearts and souls only to His Loveliness and Compassion.

 

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The Lord is Our Brother, Cont’d.

 

The Avatar is our eternal Lord and Play-fellow. He loves the play He Himself created; He loves our playing of the roles of this play and He loves playing with us in these roles. When we realize this our fears will vanish and there will be no "Saviour" to seek — only our Brother to serve in surrenderance and joy. In this surrenderance we will discover that our brother in life is our brother, not our enemy and competitor or means whereby to obtain more and more of the world's goods — and in this realization there will occur the dawn of a New Humanity in which "Good Thoughts", "Good Words", "Good Works" will be the normal commerce among men.

 

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