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Meher Baba

Baba issued a long message on the 'Spiritual Significance of the [Present] War' (March 1942) in which he said:

War-effort will be justified or stand condemned not by the results which it produces, but by the ends by which it is inspired. The world has to face this war and go through its ordeal of fire, even at the cost of irreparable damage and unredeemable suffering; it is a necessary evil....

From the spiritual point of view of the last and the only truth, all souls are in their essence fundamentally one. War cannot create any real cleavage or division between the people who are fighting with each other. The people of the warring countries seem to be different merely by virtue of their souls, all differences are not only secondary but false. From the point of view of ultimate reality, it remains true that no soul is really at war with any other soul....

In the hour of trial, let the thought of everyone be not for the limited self, but for others — not for the claims of the ego-life, but for the claims of the Divine Self which is equally in all.

It is a mistake to ignore human suffering as merely a part of the illusory universe. Not by ignoring human suffering, but by treating it with Creative Love, is the Gateway opened for Life Eternal; and not through callous indifference, but through active and selfless service, is secured the attainment of that transcendental and illimitable Truth, which is at the heart of the illusory universe.


THE GOD-MAN, pp. 150-151, C. B. Purdom
1971 © Meher Spiritual Center Inc.


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