The three types of spiritual beings in India


Meanwhile Mercedes de Acosta and Consuelo Sides had come to India in November with the intention of meeting other Spiritual Masters and yogis. They seemed to have “drifted away” from Baba (chiefly because of listening to Paul Brunton). Nevertheless, Chanji and Norina met them in Bombay and brought them to see Baba at Meherabad on Thursday, 17 November 1938. Baba told them that he had no objection to them visiting other saints and Masters, but warned them that, “If you want to search for the Truth, this is not the way.”

During their meeting, Baba emphasized to them:

“I must make myself clear, not because I want anything from you, but because I feel for you and because you have come all the way from Europe to see India. There are three types of spiritual beings in India: the sensational, the unassuming but deep and quiet, and the Man-God or God-Man.

The sensational types just make a show of their knowledge of Vedanta and give lofty talks on higher ideals of life and spirituality. It is all on the surface, hence, an outward show.

They seek to create an impression, and people who go to them are impressed by miracles, which are really nothing more than [tantric] tricks. This is undesirable, being sort of a bargaining. I do not want this kind of faith.

The other type, which is unassuming and quiet, is deeper in knowledge and experience because they are advanced souls and a few are Perfect Ones. They prefer a quiet life and do their work in silence — and, hence, are little known.

The Qutubs [Sadgurus] experience Godhood and manhood both. They have attained the spiritual heights and have also come down to human level to help mankind. Their methods are peculiar, hence, not understood by most people.”, p1957
October, 1938; Meherabad

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