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Meher Baba

Questioner: What spiritual work (training) do you suggest for modern Europe?

BABA: There is existing at the moment a universal dissatisfaction and an indescribable longing for something that will end this terrible chaos and misery that is startling the world just now. I am going to satisfy this craving and lead the world to real happiness and peace by making mankind more introspective, and see more to the inside of things, than what they have hitherto been accustomed to.

Questioner: Do you help individually or collectively?

BABA: As a rule Masters help individually according to the temperament and preparedness of the aspirant, but this being the Avataric period, i.e. the end of the previous cycle and the beginning of a new one which occurs every seven or eight hundred years, my spiritual help to humanity will be both individual and collective. The period of junction of the old and new cycle usually connotes the advent of a Master who rejuvenates and infuses new life and meaning into the old order of things and besides imparting the highest state of spirituality, the state of Oneness with the Infinite Ocean of Bliss, Knowledge and Power, to the select few, a general spiritual push is given to the whole universe.

Questioner: Do you think a possible spiritual "revival" (happiness) will be the outcome of individual effort, or rather a collective movement of nations (like the great religious movements in the past). Will certain nations achieve it sooner than others, and which?

BABA: The spiritual revival that you ask about is not very far off and I am going to bring it about in the near future, utilizing the tremendous amount of misapplied energy possessed by America for the purpose. Such a spiritual outburst that I visualize takes place every seven or eight hundred years, at the end or beginning of a cycle, and it is only the Perfect One who has reached the Christ state of consciousness that can appeal and work so very universally.

Questioner: Will you deal with such problems as politics, economics, sex?

BABA: My working will embrace everything; it will affect and control every phase of life. Perfection will fall far short of the ideal if it were to accept one thing and eschew another. In the general spiritual push that I shall impart to the world, problems such as politics, economics and sex, although they have no direct connection with the original theme, will all be automatically solved and adopted; and new values and significance will be attached to matters which appear to baffle the solution at the present moment.

All collective movements and religions hinge around one Personality, for without this centrifugal force all movements are bound to fail. Societies and organizations have never succeeded in bringing Truth nearer.

Perfect Masters impart spirituality by personal contact and influence, and the benefit that will accrue to different nations, when I bring about the spiritual upheaval, will largely depend upon the amount of energy each one possesses. The more the energy, however misapplied, the more the response; the Master merely diverts the current in the right direction.


THE ANSWER, Conversations With Meher Baba, pp. 37-38, ed. Naosherwan Anzar
1972 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust


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