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Man Must Develop into Mankind
Q: So that is the holy mission
and divine purpose of this triple incarnation?
Baba: To unite all mankind into one caste or family in the establishment of the
unity - that is, Atmic realization - in every man or woman, which is the basis
on which cosmic design rests. Once this is realized, the common divine heritage
that binds man to man to God will become apparent and love shall prevail as the
guiding light of the universe.
In the first place, man has to develop into mankind in the fullness of its
integrated potential. At present mankind as such is absent in the world. There
is no synthesis between thought, word and deed. Man today thinks one thing, says
something different, and acts quite the contrary. So what we have is the
individual man, confused, confounded and bombarded with contradictory thoughts.
What we do not see is mankind in him motivated by good thoughts, good words and
good deeds. We have to make him realize God within him to develop a synthesis
correlating thought, word and deed.
Evangel of Love and Devotion
Once this primary lesson is taught in the family, the school, the college, the
society, the cities, the states, the nations of the world, then man will become
conscious of the fact that all mankind belongs to one family. As Christ
preached, all are one, be alike to everyone. The vital issue is the oneness: one
caste, one class, one creed of humanity: and this can be achieved only by the
surrender of one's self or ego to pure, selfless, universal love and devotion.
Love is the basis, the common denominator, and devotion the divine spark, the
cementing, unifying, integrating factor between man and man, and man and God.
Let Me give you an illustration. (Baba spreads his handkerchief on the ground
between us). Here is a piece of cloth. As you see, it is all madeof threads.
Pull out the threads separately and the cloth becomes weak. Put them together
and it is firm andstrong. It is the same with mankind. Love binds it like the
million, billion threads in cloth and devotion reunites it with God. I,
therefore embody love and use it as My instrument to regenerate man and create
the brotherhood of mankind with the help of the latter's devotion. I always say:
Start the day with love. Fill the day with love. End the day with love. This is
the quickest way, the surest path to God.
Life is love, enjoy it;
Life is a challenge, meet it;
Life is a song, sing it;
Life is a dream, realize it;
Life is a game, play it.
Shirdi Baba Incarnate
Q: Did Shirdi Baba actually claim that he would be born eight years after his
death in 1918?
Baba: Yes, he did. This has been recorded by Kaka Dikshit as well as a number of
other devotees who were with Shirdi Baba.
Q: What makes you so sure that you are Shirdi Baba incarnate?
Baba: The knowledge of My own authentic experience, of course. Since no one who
knew Shirdi Baba is alive today, there is no evidence except My own knowledge
and experience. The very fact that I announced that I am Shirdi Baba 40 years
ago, when I was only 10 and when nobody in this part of the South had known or
even heard of Shirdi Baba proves this fact.
Dharma (Righteousness) Alone Can Save the World
Q: The existing situation driven by evil forces to destruction as you have
correctly analyzed it, appears to suggest the inevitability of another
Mahabharata-type (an epic relating to the battle of Kurukshetra) war. Does this
mean that the salvation forwhich you are working can be consummated only after a
Baba: The evil must and shall be removed before such a catastrophe takes place.
There will be minor wars and skirmishes, of course: these cannot be helped in
the existing state of affairs. The Mahabharata war was a different issue
altogether. Lord Krishna decreed it and, in fact, led Arjuna to the battlefield
in order to rid the world of evil men and ungodly forces.
Today, as I told you, the evil is so widespread that humanity itself would be
destroyed in a nuclear holocaust in the event of a world war. It is to prevent
such a catastrophe that this Avathar has come to raise human consciousness above
the existing syndrome of anger, hate, violence and war and save the world from
disaster. This can be achieved only by the reestablishment of the brotherhood of
mankind though the Vedas, Shastras and all religions with their evangel of
dharma to liberate the human race from the chains of karma (the cycle of birth
and death). I always say: Let the different faiths exist, let them flourish, let
the glory of God be sung in all the languages in a variety of tunes. They should
be the ideal. Respect the differences between the faiths and recognize them as
valid so far as they do not extinguish the flame of unity.
God is Man Minus Desire
Q: From what Baba has said, it seems that there is not much difference or
dichotomy between God and man. Am I right?
Baba: Quite right, God is man and man is God. All of us have something of God,
the divine spark, within us. All men are divine like Myself, but with the spirit
embodied in human flesh and bone. The only difference is that they are unaware
of this Godhood. They have come into this karmic prison through the mistakes of
many lives. I have taken this mortal form out of My own free will. They are
bound to the body, while I am free of this bondage. The main difference is that
they are shoved hither and thither by desire but I have no desire except the
supreme one to make them desireless.
Take paddy or rice by way of an illustration. Every grain of rice is enclosed in
a husk. You have to remove the husk to get the grain ofrice. Now husk and rice,
both come from the same seed. Rice is the equivalent of God in man, while the
husk can becompared to desire which reduces God to man. Therefore, My formula
LIFE + DESIRE = MAN
LIFE - DESIRE = GOD
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