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My dear _____,


I was very happy to receive your letter. I remember you without your description of yourself. Sometimes because of the detailed explanation of the various stages of God that is given by Beloved Baba one might, as it is said, lose the forest for the trees. Know this with all of your heart and mind — Meher Baba is God in all senses of the word. Once, one of His lovers was confused over her relationship to Baba, in the light of all spiritual masters, perfect and imperfect. Baba said, "There are masters and masters, but I am God!"


All of the details of the spiritual path can be simply brought down to two things. Meher Baba is God, and the goal of your life is to love and obey Him so that you lose yourself in Him. Whether He is in the body or not does not affect His connection or love for you. He uses His body as an instrument, but He is not dependent on it.


The reason that the happiness you describe continues with you is that it is Baba’s presence you are experiencing. All other happiness fades away; His presence remains and grows stronger. Know that Baba is always with you. Sometimes Baba lovers say that they "see" Baba. Does it mean that because someone doesn't see Baba He isn’t there? Of course not. Baba is always with you.


Yes, Baba is always protecting you, but remember a part of His blessings is your effort. Do your best, then leave the results to Him. But you must do your best first. You can't make a half-hearted effort, then expect Baba to help.


Re: Baba's message to you. I will repeat the message then comment on it. "I am happy with your wish to surrender to me Stop Love alone makes obedience easy, so love me more and more Stop I send you My Love Blessings — Baba."


In loving Baba you forget yourself. The difficulty in obeying Baba is only one’s ego: so the more you remember and love Baba, the more you forget yourself and it is easier for you to obey. What are the things Baba wants you to obey? They are the things that keep you separate from Him. So in loving Him more and more, you are thinking not of yourself but of Him. Thus it is easier to obey.


You can either remember Him or yourself. There isn't room for both of you. Either you make Him your constant companion, or you make yourself your constant companion. One can only have one companion to make. Remember Him, forget yourself, if you are thinking of Him, you are not thinking of yourself, and not thinking nor doing the things that would cause you to disobey Him.


A soldier obeys his superior. He does it for salary. There is no love, and it certainly isn't easy. When you fall in love you naturally want to do things that please your beloved even at the cost of your happiness.


Without obedience surrender is incomplete. Baba sent you this cable because of your wish to surrender. He is reminding you that as a result of your wanting to surrender to Him, you must obey Him. This is made easy through loving Him more and more. To merely love without obeying is saying that one enjoys the feeling, the experience of love, but doesn’t care how Baba feels. To love without obeying is a form of selfishness. Being concerned about one's own feelings, but not the Beloved's feelings.


What are the things Baba wants us to do? They are to avoid the things that keep us away from him. Baba doesn't give us orders to deprive us of any happiness in the world. We may think this is so, because His orders conflict with our desires. But He knows better than us what is best for us. The things Baba tells us to do are not only for our long range spiritual good, but to make us happy in this world. By obeying Baba you will not only be spiritually benefited, but will be happier as a person in the world.


Dear brother, you are so blessed to have had direct communication with Baba. The next two cables are: "Your love makes Me happy. Love Me more and more. I send Blessings of love to you." and "Your cable made Me happy. You are blessed to be mine. I send My love Blessings to you."


Continued, page 65


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