Meher Baba is here with us, alive, now, on July 10, 1968. For many years He has unequivocally asserted that He is the Avatar for this age. He says He is the Ancient One, God in human form. In the course of His dynamic and inspiring lifetime, many people, both in India and in the West, have turned to Baba. They are His followers, His Lovers. For them — indeed, for everyone — what does the coming of the Avatar mean?
The Avatar symbolizes human perfection. He shows that perfect consciousness can exist in human form. He further bears testimony to the fact that the perfection of consciousness must happen on earth in the human form. As Baba puts it in the supplement to God Speaks, p. 212:
An Archangel, from the highest sub-supramental sphere, can never see God, whereas man in the sixth plane of the third, the mental sphere, can and does see God face to face everywhere and in everything. The last point of the last of the sub-supramental spheres, is what the Sufis call the Sadratul-Muntaha (the last limit), beyond which, as is popularly and rightly believed by the Muslims, even the Archangel Gabriel cannot go.
Man has and man shall (because man alone can) jump over the last seven links of the really non-existent relative existences of all the four spheres into his really own — the fifth, the Real Sphere.
We can see from Baba's explanation how true indeed is the Greek aphorism: "Man is the measure of all things." So we know that our labors must be here and now, in this life, and that the goal for which we are striving, consciously or unconsciously, must be achieved on this earth and in human form — not in some far-off world.
The coming of the Avatar among us rekindles the hope and faith, in human hearts. The Avatar traditionally times His coming to coincide with a period of great despair and cynicism. We know in our own age that people have abandoned the traditional faiths of their own cultures. These faiths have become no longer believable. And because the vacuum of "no-faith" must be filled by something, men have filled it with a "sophisticated" view that the universe is absurd. Or they have filled that vacuum with the doctrine that God (The Source of Creation Himself) is dead. And if these views can be acceptable then there is no ultimate goal or purpose to the stream of life. All will be undone by death and annihilation. All will come to a grinding halt in the nothingness beyond mortal life. But the Avatar is telling us, as all Avatars have, that we are never really, even for an instant, separate from the ultimate meaning