(March 1954) One point more. The difference between the Avatar (Rasool, Prophet) and the Sadguru (Qutub, Perfect Master) is that the Qutub, after going through the whole process of evolution, reincarnation and Realization, enters and lives the Life of God, whereas the Avatar has not to go through the process of evolution at all. He directly becomes man.
In living the Life of God, both the Sadguru and the Avatar are equal. Both are leading God’s Life, and at the same time both are at every level of life in illusion. Simultaneously, they are on the level of the lowest to the highest. The most important difference is that the Qutub acts on that level, and the Avatar becomes that. The Qutub or Sadguru, who is God, suppose he comes down to the level of a confessor and confesses to God; it means that God (in the human form of the Sadguru) is acting as a confessor confessing to God. He acts like a confessor, and yet while acting, he is conscious of his Godhood. The Avatar actually becomes the confessor at that moment, and yet while becoming an ordinary confessor, he still experiences consciously his Godhood, and both the Avatar and the Sadguru simultaneously retain the divine consciousness of their Godhood.
Meher Baba gave another example of the Avatar’s becoming and the Sadguru’s acting on various levels:
To make the point of acting and becoming clear, many examples can be quoted – innumerable examples. For example, the Sadguru cannot and will not fall ill. When he appears to have fallen ill, he acts. When people see the Avatar ill, however, he has actually fallen ill. And though he has fallen ill, he has at his back Infinite Knowledge, Power and Bliss. On every plane the Sadguru acts like a man of that plane. But the Avatar becomes that man of the plane, and that is why the Avatar can give a universal push.
God is everything and in everyone. The Avatar is not only everything and in everyone, but he becomes everything and everyone. Therefore, the fundamental difference between the Avatar and the Sadguru is that on every level and on all planes the Perfect Master acts, whereas the Avatar becomes that.
Lord Meher, American ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 12, pp. 4370 – 4371.