Being just now in the Old Life for these few hours, I will tell you
what I feel to be the established divine facts: Essentially, we are
all One. The feeling of our being otherwise is due to ignorance. Soul
desires consciousness to know itself; but in its progress toward this
Goal, which it cannot realize independently of creation, it must
undergo the experience which it gathers as the individualized ego, and
which is all imagination. Thus, it is faced at the outset with
ignorance instead of Knowledge.
Dual forms and illusionary creations are the outcome of ignorance:
birth and death, happiness and misery, virtue and sin, good and bad –
all are equally the manifestation of this same ignorance. You were
never born and will never die; you never suffered and will never
suffer; you ever were and ever will be, as separateness exists only in
Soul undergoes experience through innumerable forms such as being king
and beggar, rich and poor, tall and short, strong and weak, beautiful
and ugly, of killing and being killed. All these experiences must
transpire as long as the Soul – though it is One in reality and
undivided – imagines separateness in itself. When Soul is bereft of
the impressions of these illusionary experiences, it becomes naked as
in its origin, to become now fully conscious of its unity with the
Oversoul which is One, Indivisible, Real and Infinite.
The Soul becomes free of the binding of impressions through various
paths. And Love is the most important of these paths leading to the
Realization of God. Through this love, the Soul becomes entirely
absorbed in God, ultimately forgetting itself completely. It is then
that, all of a sudden, Knowledge comes as swiftly as the lightning
bolt which burns to ashes all that it falls upon. This Knowledge
uproots illusions, doubts and worries, and apparent sufferings are
instantaneously replaced by everlasting peace and eternal bliss, which
is the Goal of all existence. The Soul now free from its illusions,
realizes its original Unity of Being.
Let us not hope, because this Knowledge is beyond hoping and wanting.
Let us not reason, because this Knowledge cannot be comprehended or
thought of. Let us not doubt, because this Knowledge is the certainty
of certainties. Let us not live the life of the senses, because the
lusty, greedy, false and impure mind cannot reach this Knowledge. Let
us love God as the Soul of our souls, and in the height of this Love
lies this Knowledge. The divinely Perfect Ones can bestow this
Knowledge on anyone they like, and whenever they like.
May we all gain this Knowledge soon.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 10, p. 3631.
(This Sermon was given on Oct. 16, 1950, exactly one year after Baba commenced His New Life on Oct. 16, 1949).