(Nov. 1952) Francis Brabazon set up the large chart Rano Gayley had prepared on
The Four Journeys. Baba stated, “This is the chart of The Four
Journeys.” Pointing to Purdom, Baba asked, “Charles, are you able to
see it? A difficult thing is depicted here in a very simple form.
Through your learning, the simplest things have been made very
Francis Brabazon pointed to the various sections on the chart, as Baba
continued to explain:
When you set out on a journey from place to place, as you have
journeyed from the United States, Australia, England and Europe to
India, and as some men try to reach the Moon, Venus or Mars, you go on
an outward, external journey. We will talk here about the inward
journey, the real journey. I want you to have a clear understanding of
these two sentences: God is Infinite; His shadow also is infinite. The
shadow of God is the infinite space in which is the infinite gross
This infinite gross sphere is within the infinite shadow of God. All
this is God, Infinite God. Of course, He is boundless, limitless, but
we have to show this somehow in the chart. God is not bound by
limitations. God is Infinite; therefore, His shadow is also infinite.
Within His shadow is this infinite gross sphere, having millions of
universes. There are innumerable gross universes, countless galaxies –
you could not count them at all. There are innumerable galaxies known
and unknown, countless stars, suns, moons! And there are some worlds
inhabited by human beings. But of all these non-habitable and
habitable worlds, this Earth has a special position. It is the only
place where the experiences of the subtle and mental worlds can be had
by human beings. Only on this Earth can a man realize God.
In the subtle world there is no space. One finds the subtle world
within oneself; it has nothing to do with space – it is a journey
within. Therefore, all the celestial things we see or hear about in
outer space are not only insignificant, but are absolutely nothing.
The infinite gross sphere itself is illusory; it has no value at all.
But value may be attached only to the Earth, where one begins the real
journey, the inward journey. The wayfarer then begins to experience
the subtle world, but it is not an experience of space, because the
subtle world is not a world of space, but of higher consciousness. It
is a much different degree of consciousness, a more mature
consciousness. For the one who journeys within, everything remains as
it is; his experiences are of a different nature. When he experiences
the subtle world, he does not experience the gross world. That gross
consciousness is no longer there; it has now become the subtle
When he journeys farther on – but not in space; he remains where he is
– his consciousness gets still more mature. It is now of the mental
world, not of the subtle or the gross. Then he begins to know the
thoughts of other individual minds, he knows what one is thinking.
Then a stage is reached when he actually sees God the Infinite within
himself; and this “seeing” is seeing God everywhere.
Then there comes a stage in the mental world when he finds himself
facing a valley. There are two summits for him to cross. In between
himself and God, he sees an abyss, a gulf. He sees God with
conviction, but he cannot become one with Him. This is the stage of
longing – of infinite longing and separation. He wants to become one
with God, but it is impossible because of the gulf between illusion
If he is bent upon journeying deeper within, he becomes God. Illusion
vanishes. He knows there was no universe, no three worlds, no body, no
space – it was all just a shadow-play. He experiences that GOD ALONE
IS. He experiences God’s knowledge, God’s power, God’s bliss. But he
cannot use that knowledge, power, or bliss for others or for anything.
One rare one who gets that experience of Infinite Consciousness –
which also includes the experience of the mental, subtle and gross
worlds – can bring God to all levels of all the three worlds. He
brings unity in diversity, the One in the many. That is the Christ
State. He experiences infinite knowledge, infinite power, infinite
bliss and is also able to use it for every being in illusion.
In short, the most difficult thing is to begin the real journey. It is
easy to succeed in outward journeys in space, to go from continent to
continent, from planet to planet, as compared to the inward journey.
But this chart shows that very few persons arrive at the seventh
station of fana, and come to the end of the first journey and become
Very, very few embark on the second journey, and end it in baqa and
abide in God.
One rare one ends the third journey in Qutubiyat (a Perfect Master)
and lives God’s life. The fourth journey is the passing-away as God.
The Perfect Master as God drops his physical, subtle and mental
vehicles, while retaining the infinite individuality. Christ, as
Jesus, is as he was and ever will be, as God, because he retains his
infinite individuality in God and as God.
Are you able to follow something of it? If not, there is no harm;
don’t worry about it. Jesus Christ knew that it was not possible for
men to love God; therefore, Jesus said: “Come unto me, follow me,” and
that is all that is needed for you.
In Avataric periods, one does not necessarily have to make these
inward journeys by stages. If you have the grace of the Avatar, he
just takes you from where you are to where you should be – where God
wants you to be. There is no need for “trains or planes” when He is
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 18, pp. 6003 – 6005.