Beginning on July 10, , he observed silence for the last 44 years of his life, communicating with his disciples at first through an alphabet board but increasingly with gestures. That identity, Meher Baba said, was as the avatar of his age, interpreting that term to mean the periodic incarnation of God in human form. In pursuit of consciousness , evolution of forms occurs in seven stages: stone or metal, vegetable, worm, fish, bird, animal, and human. Every individualized soul must experience all those forms in order to gain full consciousness.
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This recent reprinting maintains the contents of the revised edition while presenting the material in a new style. God Speaks incorporates all of life into a spiritual saga. The only protagonist is God, and his story encompasses all individual biographies. It is God himself who becomes the three basic processes for the growth and transformation of consciousness: evolution, reincarnation and involution the spiritual path of return to Himself. It is initiated from a totally unconscious God as if an infinite Ocean were in a state likened to deep sleep.
This question disrupts the limitless, undivided, absolute vacuum, and its reverberations create individualized souls, compared to drops or bubbles within the Ocean.
By speaking the First Word, God establishes the process of Creation, in which he assumes evolving forms to gain increasing consciousness. Individuality is the vehicle of this quest. Evolution marks a series of temporary answers to "Who am I? The original query thus provides a continuing momentum for the drop soul to develop new forms each with greater consciousness, including the many plant and animal beings.
Every evolutionary kingdom reveals new dimensions of consciousness and experience. Each also offers opportunities to gain different kinds of awareness. For example, when the soul identifies itself with varied species of fish, it experiences the world as a creature living in waterconversely, as a bird, it enriches its consciousness by flying through air.
When the drop soul finally evolves to human form, consciousness is fully developed, but an individual is still not aware of the potential of his or her consciousness. So the original "Who am I? Since consciousness is fully developed, there is no longer a need for evolving new forms. The impulses gained in sub-human forms can play themselves out in the broader context of intelligence, emotions, choices, diverse setting and interactions with people.
But obviously no single lifetime can bear the burden of "humanizing" the entire evolutionary inheritance randomly or simultaneously. There must be a method for re-experiencing the pre-human legacy in manageable segments. The soul thus experiences alternately a series of opposites, organized according to themes. Accordingly, in different lives, the soul becomes male and female, rich and poor, vigorous and weak, beautiful and ugly.
Through exploring the potential of these many opposites, one eventually exhausts all possible human identities and, therefore, has fully learned the entire range of human experience. Here begins the third phase: involution, the process by which the soul returns to the full awareness of the Divine Force, which created him. As Meher Baba puts it, "When the consciousness of the soul is ripe for disentanglement from the gross world the everyday world of matter and forms , it enters the spiritual path and turns inward.
In fact, the book quotes the Sufi saying "There are as many ways to God as there are souls The first three planes are within the subtle world or domain of energy, "pran. The fifth and sixth planes represent true sainthood, which is understood to be increasing intimacy with God as the Beloved. On the sixth plane, the mind itself becomes the inner eye that sees God everywhere and in everything.
Impressions go. Duality goes. The drops burst and again become the Ocean. God answers his question of "Who am I? He now knows, however, with full consciousness and full awareness that he was, is and always will be infinite. And he realizes that the entire journey has been an illusory dream, the purpose of which is the full awakening of his soul. Yet the saga is not necessarily over. Meher Baba indicates that even among God-realized souls responsibilities within Creation may differ.
Most play no further active part in Creation. But a rare few make the journey back to human consciousness. Of these, five become Perfect Masters, blending divine consciousness with awareness of all beings in evolution, reincarnation and involution. These five administer the affairs of the universe. And they use their "infinite knowledge, power and bliss for the progressive emancipation of all in the field of illusion.
This recent reprinting maintains the contents of the revised edition while presenting the material in a new style. God Speaks incorporates all of life into a spiritual saga. The only protagonist is God, and his story encompasses all individual biographies. It is God himself who becomes the three basic processes for the growth and transformation of consciousness: evolution, reincarnation and involution the spiritual path of return to Himself. It is initiated from a totally unconscious God as if an infinite Ocean were in a state likened to deep sleep. This question disrupts the limitless, undivided, absolute vacuum, and its reverberations create individualized souls, compared to drops or bubbles within the Ocean. By speaking the First Word, God establishes the process of Creation, in which he assumes evolving forms to gain increasing consciousness.
GOD SPEAKS By Meher Baba HC
He was the second son of Sheriar Irani, a Persian Zoroastrian who had spent years wandering in search of spiritual experience before settling in Poona now Pune , and Shireen Irani. Fluent in several languages, he was especially fond of the poetry of Hafez , Shakespeare , and Shelley. His early followers gave him the name Meher Baba Compassionate Father. There, Baba commenced his practice of demanding strict discipline and obedience from his disciples. During the s, Meher Baba opened a school, hospital and dispensary at Meherabad, all three free and open to all castes and faiths. He now communicated by use of chalk and slate, then by an alphabet board, and later via self-styled hand gestures. It was during this period that he established contact with his first close group of Western disciples.
Kenneth Lux, Ph. All other books by Meher Baba, such as the Discourses and Listen Humanity, are not written as books, as God Speaks is, but are collections of essays and messages. In his book Mastery of Consciousness, Allan Y. Cohen, Ph. Cohen summarizes, "In elaborate detail he explains the universe is an arena where infinite existence, identifying with the apparently limited soul, becomes more and more conscious of its oneness with itself as the Over-Soul.