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Meher Baba

The world is at war today.

It has engulfed all departments of life — political, economic, social and religious.

The instinct of self-preservation enhanced by fear and uncertainty of the future is aggressively active in the guise of various pseudonyms and catch-words.

Exclusiveness is parading as nationalism; self-interest is known as economics; fanaticism is synonymous with religion; libertinism is looked upon as social, and moral freedom; and exploitation is termed politics.

This instinct of self-preservation is legitimate and natural among the orders of life which are lower in the scale of evolution. But when it expresses itself through man it makes of him nothing more than a talking animal, and as such he is still a long way from deserving the title, "the best of creation."

Is it anybody's fault if one finds oneself on the right side of things or the wrong side of things? No! Every human being has come to serve and achieve a definite purpose, and by playing his part to perfection he automatically works out his own salvation.

There is this difference, however. In the divine scheme of things, when individuals or people are about to lapse into bestiality, instead of progressing higher and onward, it is suffering that rehabilitates them.

Spiritual Masters achieve this same resurrection for humanity much more easily and less painfully not only by preaching, but by translating into fulfillment those familiar words "self-denial" and "brotherhood of man", whose very beginning and whose ultimate end is LOVE.

The time for such a universal awakening is impending in the near future, and to meet its needs, the scheme for this Universal Spiritual Centre is set out today.

Mysore will surely realize at no distant date its singular good fortune in possessing amongst many progressive features, the Spiritual Capital of the world as well.

I bless every one of you, participants and non-participants, in the greatest scheme of spiritual regeneration the world has ever known, the foundation of which you have witnessed today.

The plan for a Universal Spiritual Centre symbolizes the character of my Divine Mission on earth.

I bless you.


From MESSAGES OF MEHER BABA, Adi K. Irani, pp. 9-10

  MEHER BABA ON WAR, pp. 34-35, ed K. K. Ramakrishnan
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