Meher Baba: Maya is My Shadow


The following is from: Lord Meher, p.2332. It is a text of a letter written by Meher Baba to Delia DeLeon on 5 Nov 1938. War was hanging in the air; it was the calm before the storm; Baba had been trying to wake his people up before the storm hit. Delia, who had been appointed to head Baba’s group in England, appears to have been unique. I wish I had known her. She had waded directly into the general deluge of vague and dark implications from Baba with a lot of questions, and this was his response. She must have been very sharp, the way Sufis are sharp with their minds about the subtleties of God’s interaction with the world, to have merited this letter:

Have you not misunderstood my words? It is true that I need no disciples here or elsewhere. I can do my work alone through the heart of man without choosing a few selected ones. But in this Avataric period, as in the time of Jesus, I choose to live in close contact with those few who have been with me from ages past, and who love me deeply, and whom I have loved since eternity. Those few are either here or elsewhere; it does not matter.

Still, this does not prevent me from saying I can carry on my work without you. All could leave me, but the work would go on. It would make it harder for me, it would be a crucifixion; but, nevertheless, the work of love would not suffer. Nothing can stop God’s work. If my own refuse or disappoint me, I must get the work done through some other medium.

You know, in spite of what you say in your letter, that nothing can separate you or all mankind from me because I am in all. And God cannot be separated from Himself, can He? But, as I have so often explained, just as the eye or the ear may be more useful and necessary to man than, say, the sense of smell or touch, therefore, some are more necessary to me for my present work than others. I say now, as always, Kimco is my heart and will ever remain my heart, wherever they are, and you know the value of the heart to the body!

Your third point: Are you as I made you? The sanskaras you have, I gave you to work through for my work, so it is true to say you are as I made you. But, the goal still remains for you, and all, to attain perfection through duality. Remember, Maya is my shadow, so indirectly it is me too. It is the means by which the soul, divine though it is, but unconscious as yet of its divinity, must become conscious of its oneness with God.

Herein lies the secret of the universe, and my game too. How can you help in this game of mine? By love and service. By control of your mind and moods and yes, weaknesses, which are there for the purpose of exercising control over them.

Often, the greater one’s love, the greater is one’s tendency to moods, because the pangs of separation are more acute. But I do not like moods, and therefore, to please me, which is one of the best ways of showing your love for me, try your best to overcome them.

Avatar Meher Baba ki Jai!
Vishveshwar

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