Several days after Baba had settled in Mahabaleshwar, (Jan. 1954) he called Kishan Singh and Kumar from Dehra Dun and dictated the message “Existence Is Substance and Life Is Shadow”:
Existence is Eternal, whereas Life is perishable.
Comparatively, Existence is what his body is to man, and Life is as the cloth that covers the body. The same body changes clothes according to the seasons, time and circumstances, just as the One and Eternal Existence is always there throughout the countless and varied aspects of Life.
Shrouded beyond recognition by the cloak of Life with its multifarious folds and colors is Existence Unchangeable. It is the garb of Life with its veils of mind, energy and gross forms that shadows and superimposes on Existence, presenting the eternal, indivisible and unchangeable Existence as transient, varied and ever-changing.
Existence is all-pervading and is the underlying essence of all things, whether animate or inanimate, real or unreal, varied in species or uniform in forms, collective or individual, abstract or substantial.
In the Eternity of Existence there is no Time. There is no Past and no Future, only the everlasting Present. In Eternity nothing has happened and nothing will ever happen. Everything is happening in the unending NOW.
Existence is God, whereas Life is illusion.
Existence is Reality, whereas Life is imagination.
Existence is Everlasting, whereas Life is ephemeral.
Existence is Unchangeable, whereas Life is ever-changing.
Existence is Freedom, whereas Life is a binding.
Existence is Indivisible, whereas Life is multiple.
Existence is Imperceptible, whereas Life is deceptive.
Existence is Independent, whereas Life is dependent on mind, energy and gross forms.
Existence is, whereas Life appears to be.
Existence, therefore, is not Life.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol 12, pp. 4251 – 4252.