The temporary effect is illusion – Part 1

Baba went on to give advice and orders:

I sometimes seem to be speaking at random, but I am really working elsewhere.

When you say “I am ill, I am hungry, I am old, I am young, or I am not hungry and do not want this food” and so on, when you use all these “I, I, I’s,” recollect that when your hands or legs are cut off, your “I” remains the same; whatever happens you remain the same. This means that the “I” is not the body. Why identify yourself with the body? Yet, for twenty-four hours a day you do so. Will used to say, “I am thirsty.” He now says in old age, “I am better.” If that were true it would mean that Will was the same limited body.

“Aham” (the “I”) means identification with the false. Why do we do this? Even when we understand, we still identify. Why? The “I” is not the body, nor the eating nor the quarreling one. For ages, the Unlimited Self has been in illusion because consciousness and intellect were not developed. In the human form consciousness and intellect are developed, but there is identification with illusion because of the habits of ages. Hafiz says:

“You who do not come out of
this age-long habit of being ignorant
can never realize the Self as infinite.”

It is truly said that God has no beginning and no end. Think this over. If He had no beginning, what was there before God? The answer is God. You cannot in imagination reach where no beginning was. The answer can only be God. What will be there after billions of years? God. Always God. This means that in eternity there is no time. Nothing has ever happened, and nothing ever will happen. There is no time factor. Billions of years ago you were; today, you are here, ever afterwards you will be. Today, all that is happening is not happening, although this does not appear to be so now.


Date: 22 September 1954  (“The Three Incredible Weeks”)

Place: Meherabad

–Lord Meher (First Ed), p4489

(, Revised 2014, p3602)


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