FIRM FAITH IN CHRIST
How blessed you are to love and adore Christ! Do so with all the strength of your heart and soul without reservations and confusion. Let not the demon of dual concept of Baba and Christ ever stand in the way of your one-pointed devotion to Christ. Let there be no conflict in your heart howsoever your mind may want to create it. Let not your mental concept of Baba stand in the way of your wholehearted devotion to Christ. The instant your love for Christ is accepted by Him, know that you are accepted by Baba. Avatar Meher Baba and Jesus Christ are but forms and names of the same Ancient One.
At the height of your love for Him, the Grace of Christ will appease your thirst for intellectual certainty and bestow upon you the conviction you seek. Continue to love Christ all the more with the warmth of your heart. True, simple and unadulterated love for Him will make Him touch your heart and awaken it to recognise his present Advent. Force not your mind to do so, but allow your heart to work it out by His Grace. Meanwhile, pay heed to His ancient warning of which you are aware — "run not after false prophets, babas, and masters."
I salute your deep love for and firm faith in Christ. May your love for Him lead you to Him. He is compassionate. He is love.
LETTERS FROM THE MANDALI, Vol. II, p. 15, ed. Jim Mistry
1983 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust
22 March 2008
21 March 2008
FOLLOW CHRIST'S TEACHINGS
From a newspaper interview
London, December 1934
Q. What hinders me from being a better husband and father?
A. [Meher Baba] You must try as far as possible to live a life that Christ lived. Not by theory and by intellectual understanding only should one try to follow Christianity, but by a feeling that must be lived: Love!
Q. How can I do that?
A. To develop love, you have to do it practically — that is, you have to experience it in everyday life. You must lessen your desires and make others happy by thinking less of your own happiness. This can be done. By desire I mean selfish desires. If you are walking along the road and you find a man stricken with poverty and lying helpless, you will pityingly look at him and go on. If, further on you find your own brother in the same condition, you will at once give him all possible aid. This is generally the case. You will find your mentality lacks that development of love which true Christianity needs. It is all very practical and very simple — only people make it complicated.
Q. Are you ready to give your love to those who, on the basis of the New Testament conception, think you to be wrong in regard to your Christ Consciousness, but who are open to the influence of your love?
A. If you love Jesus, and if you can follow Christ's teachings and live his life, that is more than enough. You don't need to follow me, for by following Jesus with all love, you will indirectly follow me. That is what I know.
THE AWAKENER, Vol. XIV, No. 1, p. 34
Kitty Davy, "Baba's First World Tour, 1932"
Copyright 1971 Universal Spiritual League of America, Inc.