Friday, January 28, 2005

A Gift to the Kali Yuga

The Greatest Mystery

Meher Baba wished to tell us who He was and who we are as well. He wished to reveal The Theme of Creation and it’s Purpose[1] so that we may find our place within the grand scheme of Reality and Illusion.
To accomplish this, Meher Baba presented to us all a central metaphor that both defines and contemplates the most profound questions that intellect and intuition can envision.
This is the metaphor of the Ocean. This Ocean contains Everything and it is also contains Nothing. Further, it is beyond Everything and also beyond Nothing. Reality and Illusion are within the Ocean, indeed there is only Ocean—nothing exists but Ocean. There never was a time when the Ocean did not exist and there never will be a time when the Ocean does not exist because the Ocean is eternal, and eternity is beyond time.
In the metaphor of the Ocean, Meher Baba reveals the mystery of individuality and oneness by telling us that the indivisible Ocean is made up of an unlimited number of Drops and that each one of these Drops inherits and exhibits all of the qualities of the Ocean itself. All Drops are in the Ocean and all Drops are One.
Meher Baba names the Ocean the Over-Soul and the Drops—Souls. “All Souls are in the Over-Soul and all Souls are One.” He reveals this in the first pages of his book, God Speaks, and goes on to explain how these Drops (Souls) begin an odyssey of imagination through the processes of evolution, reincarnation, and involution, in order to acquire the consciousness that eventually leads to the state of realization in which the Drop becomes conscious of itself as the Ocean without losing its individuality as the Drop.
It all begins with the Lahar—the Whim of God to know Himself. Baba told us that the Lahar, being a whim is without cause. It just arises spontaneously in the Ocean. How can this be? How can the Lahar just arise spontaneously in the Ocean?
This is indeed a great mystery, but perhaps an even greater mystery concerns the nature of individuality and oneness after the individualized Soul gains the realization that it always was, is, and will be the Ocean itself.
In other words, how does the individuality gained by the Soul remain individual after the experience of absolute oneness with the Ocean, i.e. how can individuality and indivisibility remains coexistent?
Meher Baba gave us the gift of His book God Speaks in which He explains the theme of creation and its purpose. He dedicated it “To the Universe—the Illusion that sustains Reality.” In its conclusion He states:
“God cannot be explained, He cannot be argued about, He cannot be theorized, nor can He be discussed and understood. God can only be lived.
Nevertheless, all that is said here and explained about God to appease the intellectual convulsions of the mind of man still lacks many more words and further explanations because the TRUTH is that Reality must be realized and the divinity of God must be attained and lived.
To understand the infinite, eternal Reality is not the GOAL of individualized beings in the Illusion of Creation, because the Reality can never be understood; it is to be realized by conscious experience.
Therefore, the GOAL is to realize the Reality and attain the ‘I am God’ state in human form.”
To some people Meher Baba told them to read God Speaks, to others He said that it wasn’t necessary at all, and to some he said, “Read it until it sings in your veins.”
The Kali Yuga is a time, as suggested by a Perfect Master, “…when you will look out your window and without spiritual preparation, you will go insane.”

“…To appease the intellectual convulsions of the mind…”

God Speaks—Meher Baba’s gift to those Drop-Souls embedded in the Kali Yuga.

© Michael Kovitz 2004

[1] Subtitle of God Speaks—a book by Meher Baba. Dodd, Mead &Company New York 1973