Winning release from Maya (Part 2/3)



As for those who do have a Guru or a Guide, theirs is quite a different case. They have only to surrender to him heart and soul, and obey and carry out his orders to the last word. That’s all they need to do—though even that is difficult. For such people generally find themselves in a very awkward situation. From one end, the material Maya attracts them towards the world and its surroundings, and from the other end the Guru attracts them towards himself.

Thus their state is like that of a man who has two wives. Of course, eventually it is the Guru who succeeds, who drags such a one out from the clutches of Maya and sets him free, but for all that, the powers of Maya are by no means slight. To the contrary, they are tremendous, and overcoming them is difficult in the extreme. For example, suppose, even after these explanations that I have been giving for so long and all this training of the mind and mentality, a fairy-like beauty were to come and stand at the door. Instantly all eyes would be eager to have a look at her and all would be attracted by her. This is because you all have bodies and, along with them, an understanding colored by Maya, which always attracts you towards itself. Now, make this same fairy stand before a child or else place a heap of wealth near the child. Would he be affected? Not at all! Why not? Because he has no knowledge or consciousness of Maya, of passion and greed, kam and lobh, even though he has the same body as you have, and that body would be affected by feelings of pleasure and pain, just as you are! All this goes to say, get yourself free from the clutches and bindings of Maya.


– “Meher Baba’s Tiffin lectures”, p35
22-May-1926; Meherabad

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