Age after age, amidst the clamor of disruptions, wars, fear and chaos, rings the Avatar’s Call: “Come all unto me!”
Although, because of the veil of illusion, this call of the Ancient One may appear as a voice in the wilderness, its echo and re-echo nevertheless pervade through time and space, to rouse at first a few, and eventually millions, from their deep slumber of ignorance. And, in the midst of illusion, as the Voice behind all voices, it awakens humanity to bear witness to the manifestation of God amidst mankind.
The time is come. I repeat the call, and bid all to come unto me.
Irrespective of doubts and convictions, and for the infinite love I bear for one and all, I continue to come as the Avatar, to be judged time and again by humanity in its ignorance, in order to help man distinguish the Real from the false.
The greatest greatness and the greatest humility go hand in hand, naturally and without effort.
When the Greatest of all says, “I am the Greatest,” it is but a spontaneous expression of an infallible Truth. The strength of his greatness lies, not in raising the dead, but in his great humiliation when he allows himself to be ridiculed, persecuted and crucified at the hands of those who are weak in flesh and spirit. Throughout ages, humanity has failed to fathom the true depth of the humility underlying the greatness of the Avatar, gauging his divinity by its religious standards. Even real saints and sages, who have some knowledge of the Truth, have failed to understand the Avatar’s greatness when faced with his real humility.
Age after age, history repeats itself when men and women, in their ignorance, limitations and pride, sit in judgment over the God-incarnated Man who declares his Godhood, and condemn him for uttering the Truths they cannot understand. He is indifferent to abuse and persecution for, in his true compassion he understands, in his continual experience of Reality he knows, and in his infinite mercy he forgives.
God is all. God knows all. God does all. When the Avatar proclaims he is the Ancient One, it is God who proclaims his manifestation on earth. When man utters for or against the Avatarhood, it is God who speaks through him. It is God alone who declares himself through the Avatar and mankind.
I tell you all with my divine authority that you and I are not “we” but “One.” You unconsciously feel my Avatarhood within you; I consciously feel in you what each of you feel. Thus, every one of us is Avatar, in the sense that everyone and everything is everyone and everything, at the same time, and for all time.
There is nothing but God. He is the only Reality, and we all are one in the indivisible Oneness of this absolute Reality. When the one who had realized God says, “I am God, you are God, and we all are one,” and also awakens this feeling of Oneness in his illusion-bound selves, then the question of the lowly and the great, the poor and the rich, the humble and the modest, and the good and the bad, vanishes.
Pay heed when I say with my divine authority that the Oneness of Reality is so uncompromisingly unlimited and all-pervading that not only “We are One,” but even this collective term of “we” has no place in the Infinite, Indivisible Oneness.
Awaken from your ignorance, and try at least to understand that in the uncompromisingly Indivisible Oneness, not only is the Avatar God, but also the ant and the sparrow, just as one and all of you are nothing but God. The only apparent difference is in the states of consciousness. The Avatar knows that that which is a sparrow is not a sparrow; whereas, the sparrow does not realize this and, being ignorant of its ignorance, remains a sparrow.
Live not in ignorance. Do not waste your precious life span in differentiating and judging your fellow men, but learn to long for the love of God. Even in the midst of your worldly activities, live only to find and realize your true Identity with your Beloved God.
Be pure and simple, and love all because all are one. Live a sincere life; be natural, and be honest with yourself.
Honesty will guard you against false modesty and will give you the strength of true humility. Spare no pains to help others.
Seek no other reward than the gift of Divine Love. Yearn for this gift sincerely and intensely, and I promise, in the name of my divine honesty, that I will give you much more than you yearn for.
I give you all my blessing that the spark of my divine love may implant in your hearts the deep longing for love of God.
Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 13, pp. 4420 – 4421.
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