A Glorious Dawn: Spiritual Prophecies of Meher Baba
See also the section The New Humanity.
Approaching a Glorious Dawn
The world is approaching a glorious dawn once again in its inevitable course of ups and downs.
—Source: The Awakener, vol. 17, no.1 (1976), p. 36
Beads on One String
I intend bringing together all religions and cults, like beads on one string, and to revitalise them for individual and collective needs. This is my mission in the West. The peace and harmony that I talk of, and that will settle on the face of this worried world, are not far off. [10 April 1932, London]
—Source: Early Messages to the West, Message to the West Given for the Paramount Newsreel
Universal Law Will Be Set Aside
Of the 56 God-realised souls on earth, the five Perfect Masters are the most important. And the one who is the highest of all is the Avatar, myself. I come every 700 to 1400 years, and it is undoubtably a very rare and lucky thing for each of you to have the opportunity of loving me individually, since even the Sadgurus long to touch the Avatar physically.
When the world is in the grip of pain, misery, suffering and chaos, I manifest myself. Spirituality then reaches its pinnacle, and materialism is at its lowest level. Then again, with the passing of time, spirituality diminishes and materialism increases. From the beginning of time, this game has been going on, and it will go on for an eternity.
I have a law of my own for managing the affairs of the universe. But when I speak, that law will be kept aside, because the spiritual push will be universal. So the law which I have created for the universe will be set aside.
But again the law establishes itself. Then the spiritual power gradually diminishes, and materialism increases, just like a seesaw.
(Baba tilted his alphabet board up and down like a seesaw)
Material unrest and chaos will have to reach a climax. Then I shall manifest. When I manifest, spirituality is at its highest. [3 June 1927, Meherabad]
—Source: Lord Meher 3: 944
Q. Do you think a possible spiritual revival (happiness) will be the outcome of individual effort, or rather a collective movement of nations (like the great religious movements of the past)? Will certain nations achieve it sooner than others, and which?
Baba: The spiritual revival that you ask about is not very far off, and I am going to bring it about in the near future, utilising the tremendous amount of misapplied energy possessed by America for the purpose. Such a spiritual outburst that I visualise takes place every seven or eight hundred years, at the end or beginning of a cycle, and it is only the Perfect One who has reached the Christ state of consciousness that can appeal and work so very universally. [May 1932, London]
—Source: The Answer (ed. Naosherwan Anzar), pp. 37-40
My silence, and the breaking of my silence at the appointed time, will make silent those who talk of everything but God.
[May? 1963, India]
—Source: Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, p. 604
America’s Tremendous Energy
… I do not intend to found any religion, cult, creed or society. There are already far too many of these organisations. I have come to help people realise their ideals in daily life…
America represents the vanguard and the synthesis of the white races, and hence forms the best foundation for the spiritual upheaval I will bring about in the near future. America has tremendous energy, but most of this energy is misdirected. I intend to divert it into spiritual and creative channels.
I am now going to California for a few days. From there, I must go to the Far East for one day for spiritual reasons. But I will be back in California by the end of June, and then I will speak on June 29th. But if I should be delayed, I will return on July 12th and speak on July 13th.
When I speak, there will be many proofs of my spiritual power, and of my ability to bestow Illumination. People will then realise that Truth, which is the source of all love and existence, rules supreme in all departments of life.
My work and aims are intensely practical. It is not practical to over-emphasise the material at the cost of the spiritual. It is not practical to have spiritual ideals without putting them into practice. But to realise the ideal in daily life, to give a beautiful and adequate form to the living spirit, to make brotherhood a fact — not merely a theory as at present — this is being practical in the truest sense of the word.
My work will arouse both great enthusiasm and a certain amount of opposition. That is inevitable. But spiritual work is strengthened by opposition, and so it will be with mine. It is like shooting an arrow from a bow. The more you pull the bow string towards you, the swifter the arrow speeds to its goal. [Message read out at a reception at Stokes house, NYC]
—Source: Early Messages to the West
Worldwide Transformation of Consciousness
I intend, when I speak, to reveal the one supreme self which is in all. This accomplished, the idea of the self as a limited, separate entity will disappear, and with it will vanish self-interest. Cooperation will replace competition. Certainty will replace fear. Generosity will replace greed. Exploitation will disappear…
In order to convey thought to others, man uses speech or writing, or some other physical means of expression. Or in some cases, as in telepathy, thought is transmitted and received through and by the Subtle body.
The God-man does not convey thought, but Truth, which he either awakens in the individual whom he is helping through deep inner experience, or which he transmits directly from the superconscious to the conscious, from the spiritual to the physical, by means of either the physical eye, the physical touch, or the spoken word.
When he speaks, Truth is more powerfully manifested than when he uses either sight or touch to convey it. For that reason, Avatars usually observe a period of silence lasting for several years, breaking it to speak only when they wish to manifest the Truth to the entire universe. So when I speak, I shall manifest the divine will, and a worldwide transformation of consciousness will take place. [31 May 1932, Hollywood, message read out at a reception at the Knickerbocker Hotel]
—Source: Early Messages to the West
Science, Film World, and Big Heads
Scientists cannot go beyond space. What is beyond is infinite. Only where space exists is height of material power.
The movies will undergo great changes. The actors, when they get and feel (from the inner plane), then that feeling which no scientist can control will be felt intellectually by the audience.
But then the time will come for this world to disintegrate. One of the inventions will be when one can shoot another at a distance of a thousand miles.
Very soon people will be smaller with bigger heads, and all flying about with machines. They will talk less, as they will read each other’s minds.
It is all nothing, only love and one existence.
[Undated, from Elizabeth Patterson’s diary]
—Source: Quoted in Ivy O. Duce, How a Master Works, p. 654
Disease of Ignorance Will Be Removed
The present world chaos is the beginning of spiritual manifestation. To illustrate: If a man develops a cataract in his eye, the cataract raises a curtain over his vision, and he cannot see properly. The only remedy is to remove the curtain, which means an operation by an eye specialist. But not before the doctor sees that the cataract is ripe enough for the operation — otherwise, he allows it to grow ripe.
Similarly, the present chaotic condition of the world is due to materialism, which has developed self-interest and greed in mankind, raising a curtain which obstructs spiritual vision and development. It has grown so bad now as to create chaos all over the world, a clear indication that the cataract is ripe, and ready for the operation.
The operation over, the disease of ignorance, greed and lust will be removed, and the spiritual vision of the world will once again be restored. The doctor — Master is ready for the operation, awaiting only the ripening of the cataract. [1937, Nasik]
—Source: The Awakener, vol. 10, no. 2 (1964), p. 40
Transition from Reason to Intuition
Avataric periods are like the springtide of creation. They bring a new release of power, a new awakening of consciousness, a new experience of life, not merely for a few, but for all. Qualities of energy and awareness, which had been used and enjoyed by only a few advanced souls, are made available for all humanity. Life as a whole is stepped up to a higher level of consciousness, is geared to a new rate of energy. The transition from sensation to reason was one such step. The transition from reason to intuition will be another…
The wave of destruction must rise still higher, must spread still further. But when, from the depths of his heart, man desires something more lasting than wealth, something more real than material power, the wave will recede. Then peace will come, joy will come, light will come. [1938?]
—Source: Discourses, vol. 1 pp. 3-4, 6
Peace Will Reign
There has never been such a war, and never will be another like it. But when this is over, peace will reign for 400 years. From this mass destruction, I will build life anew, and quite different from now, much happier, better. All who die in this war will take form again, and enjoy this peace. [11 June 1940, Meherabad]
—Source: Lord Meher 7: 2565
New World Culture
… The various streams of culture which have poured into the life-history of India have added to the wealth of her national personality. And they have not only created a suitable opportunity for arriving at a new cultural synthesis, but have necessitated its emergence. If handled with creative leadership, the presence of conflicting elements in Indian life can be utilised for bringing into existence a rich world culture, which shall not only rejuvenate and harmonise Indian life, but will also give a new tone to the life of the whole world.
The process by which we arrive at the new world culture cannot be purely mechanical. We can never have any vigorous world culture by merely piling together certain isolated elements selected from the present diversity of culture. That way we shall only succeed in getting a patchwork of little vitality. A hotchpotch of collected ideas can never be a substitute for a direct and fresh perception of the goal. The new world culture will have to emerge from an integral vision of the Truth, independently of existing traditions, and not from the laborious process of selection and compilation of conserved values.
The new world culture which will emerge from integral vision will, however, automatically bring about cultural synthesis. Since the vision that inspires the new world culture will be comprehensive, it will not negate the values of diverse traditions; nor will it have merely patronising tolerance for them. On the contrary, it shall express itself through active appreciation of the essentials of diverse religions and cultures.
The vast vision of the Truth cannot be limited by any creed, dogma or sect. However, it helps man to transcend these limitations, not by blind and total denial of any value to the existing creeds, dogmas and sects, but by discovering, accentuating, unfolding and developing such facets of the Truth as might have been hidden in them…
Human evolution proceeds by gradual stages from selfish violence to unselfish violence, and then from non-violence of the brave to the pure and incorruptible non-violence of Truth as infinite love.
All narrowness limits love. In India, as well as in every other part of the world, humanity is breaking itself into narrow groups based upon the superficial, and ultimately false, differences of caste, creed, race, nationality, religion or culture. And since these groups have been long accustomed to separative distrust and fear, they have indifference, contempt or hostility towards each other.
All this is due to ignorance, prejudice and selfishness. And it can only be mended by fostering the spirit of mutuality, which breaks through artificial isolationism, and which derives its strength from the sense of the inviolable unity of life as a whole.
Creative leadership (which has so much scope in the soil of India) will have to recognise and emphasise the fact that all men are already united with each other, not only by their co-partnership in the great divine plan for Earth, but also by virtue of their all being equally the expression of one life. No line of action can be really helpful or fruitful unless it is in entire harmony with this deep truth. The future of humanity is in the hands of those who have vision. [February 1942,
—Source: Messages of Meher Baba, East and West (ed. Adi K. Irani), pp. 37-41
Dispensation of Truth
… It is imperatively necessary to be discriminatively aware of the flow of time in creation. And it is particularly necessary to appreciate fully the supreme importance of the moment which is in the near future, and which shall witness the universal dispensation of the truth of spiritual wisdom.
The task for spiritual workers is to help me in this universal dispensation of the truth to suffering humanity. You have not only to prepare humanity in receiving this truth, but also for getting established in it. But it is extremely important to remember that you can help others to gain spiritual freedom and to come out of the illusion of duality, only if you yourself do not miss this idea of unity while working for others, who are inclined to create divisions where they do not exist, and who allow no respite to spiritual workers. The minds of the people have to be completely purged of all forms of selfishness and narrowness if they are to inherit the life in eternity which I bring…
I am fully confident that you will lend yourselves ungrudgingly for this work. And you will help it if you unreservedly follow the spiritual instructions which shall be given to you separately. You have to do your work without worrying about consequences, irrespective of success or failure. But you may be sure that the result of work which is done in this spirit and with this understanding is forgone.
Through the untiring activities of spiritual workers, humanity shall be initiated into the new life of abiding peace and dynamic harmony, unconquerable faith and unfading bliss, immortal sweetness and incorruptible purity, creative love and infinite understanding. [14 February 1943]
—Source: Messages of Meher Baba, East and West (ed. Adi K. Irani), pp. 55-62
Birth of Enlightened Humanity
Out of the agonising travail and suffering of the present times, the new enlightened humanity has to be born. Man shall be weaned away from the allurements of the ego-life. He shall come into full inheritance of his own divinity, and know himself to be none other than the supreme God himself. And his heart shall be unlocked so as to release the dynamic love divine.
Divine love knows no decay, fear or corruption, because it is illumined by the understanding that all life is one.
Let those who are alive to the real values hearken to this call of mine. They will have an ample share in bringing into existence the new era of truth and love.
I give my blessings to all.
[11 November 1944, Nagpur]
—Source: Messages of Meher Baba, East and West (ed. Adi K. Irani), p. 66
To Each According to Their Receptivity
What do you think constitutes 100% proof of my manifestation as the Avatar? You men say that at the time of my Avataric manifestation, mankind will receive a shock like an earthquake, and I will appear at different places in my physical form. But such ideas do not prove the Avatar’s manifestation 100%.
In the Avatar is contained the whole creation. All the lives contained in the world are like his limbs. If a scorpion stings a man on one part of his body, the brain immediately knows it and pain is felt throughout the body. Similarly, when the Avatar will sting (manifest), every life sustained in creation will feel it. Thus the Avatar’s presence on this (Gross) plane and the scorpion’s sting (manifestation) will be experienced by all.
If the sun were to shine twenty-four hours a day, and there was no darkness, the presence of the sun would not be recognised unless there was complete darkness once. The rising of the sun consequent to darkness would make humanity appreciate the presence of the sun. The dark night is signified by the scorpion’s sting.
Ghani: Darkness may also mean mass annihilation and dissolution of the world.
Baba: After the Avatar’s manifestation, humanity will receive the light in different degrees proportionate to each one’s receptivity. Those out in the open will experience the full light of the sun. Those holding umbrellas over their heads will receive less, and those who remain closeted in their houses will get even less. This means that those who keep themselves shut up in the houses of their desires will receive the least light. Those who, though out in the open, hold an umbrella over their head — refuse to open their heart to God — will receive less. And those of pure desires and an open heart will experience the full brilliance of the Avatar’s coming.
Ghani: Will we experience the light or not?
Baba: Look at the ways of your Avatar. Although I stay in Ahmednagar during the day, I go all the way back to Pimpalgaon for the night. If you can grasp this, you will get the light. [24 February 1948, Pimpalgaon]
—Source: Lord Meher 7-8, preface
Stay Where You Are
Although physically Baba will depart soon, yet Baba is eternally everywhere. So stay where you are and love me. And wherever you are, I will be with you.
[29 September 1954, Meherabad]
—Source: Quoted in Bal Natu, Glimpses of the God-Man Meher Baba, vol. 6, p. 160
Simile of the Atom Bomb
The Mandali have asked me today to say in a few words exactly and precisely what will happen to me. So I tell you — note it down.
In October at Satara, I shall be appearing to lead a retired, normal life, eating, taking walks, and so on. But there will be no use of the board and other things from 7 October, as I have told you. By the end of April, 1955, I shall drop this body. During the six months, from November to April, three phases of the Avatar-life will manifest themselves.
First, a very strange and serious disease will attack this body, which will be the cause of my humiliation that I have been speaking about. Secondly, the humiliation will end in the sudden breaking of my silence, and my uttering of that word that only God can utter. Thirdly, glorification will replace humiliation. All the pent-up infinity in me will splash and spread all over the universe…
(Baba asked Dr. Donkin to read out something he had dictated, and said that it was important)
Donkin: Baba wants to use a simile about the atom bomb. Just as an atom bomb, which in itself is so small, when exploded causes tremendous havoc, so, when he breaks his silence, the universal spiritual upheaval that will take place will be something that no one can describe. It will happen in a second, at a time when nobody expects it. Just as when an earthquake takes place suddenly when no one is ready, and no one can do anything, but everyone in the affected area feels it, so the breaking of his silence will create a spiritual upheaval, and everyone will feel it in his heart.
And, unbelievable as it may seem, my universal glorification, he says, will not be manifested very near my physical presence, wherever I may be then. At the time of my glorification, all will feel it throughout the world, but those who are around me will not be affected. They who will be there will not be merely disinterested in Baba, they will actually be hostile.
For example, I may be then in Poona, with no one from the Mandali near me, but thirty or forty of the hostile group may be there, and they will not feel the glorification and upheaval. All the rest of the world will feel it. No one of my Mandali or lovers will be near me when I am beaten and finally stabbed.
Yet I never die. I am always the Ancient one. You should all remember that God alone is real, all else is illusion.
Your attending this meeting and hearing in precise and definite terms about these happenings will be worth it if all of you, or if some of you, or at least a few of you spread the message of my love to others. [30 September 1954, Meherabad]
—Source: Divya Vani 6:12, pp. 14-15
I am so infinite that I myself cannot fathom my own infinity. My shadow, the creation, is also so infinite that once I tried to see with my Gross eyes all that had come out of me, but I failed.
Scientists will soon discover a little of what I say. There are 18,000 worlds that are inhabited by human beings. In some the people are extremely intelligent, in others less, and in still others still less. None of them who live in these worlds have any experience of the Subtle world. People from those worlds must be born on this earth to experience the Subtle and Mental worlds.
This is an Avataric age, and a special Avataric age, as I am observing silence. Science and anti-God elements will reach their zenith … before I break my silence. So my manifestation will also be the greatest. Breaking my silence will be as forceful as hundreds of thousands of atom bombs exploding.
Science is practically heading to its zenith today because of the very intelligent souls of the other worlds coming down here (to this our earth). Our population is increasing by leaps and bounds for the same reason, that souls are migrating from other worlds as they want a human body on this earth in this Avataric age. Remember one thing: all is illusion. Only God is real, and I am God in human form.
—Source: T. K. Ramanujam, Much Love, p. 575
Strengthening of Internal Links
There is no reason at all for any of you to worry. Baba was, Baba is, and Baba will also be eternally existent. Severance of external relations does not mean the termination of internal connection. The external contacts had been maintained till now. The time has now come for being bound in the chain of internal connections. Hence external contact is no longer necessary. It is possible to establish the internal link by obeying Baba’s orders. I give you all my blessings for strengthening these internal links.
I am always with you, and I am not away from you. I was, am, and will remain eternally with you, and it is for promoting this realisation that I have severed external contact. This will enable all persons to realise Truth by being bound to each other with internal links.
Oh my lovers, I love you all. It is only because of my love for my creation that I have descended on earth. Let not your hearts be torn asunder by my declarations concerning the dropping of my body. On the contrary, accept my divine will cheerfully. You can never escape from me. Even if you try to escape from me, it is not possible to get rid of me. Therefore have courage and be brave.
If you thus lose your hearts, how will it be possible for you to fulfill the great task that I have entrusted to you? Be brave and spead my message of love far and wide to all quarters in order to fulfill my divine will. Let the words “Baba, Baba” come forth from every nook and corner of the world, and from the mouth of every child, and let their ignorance be reduced to ashes by the burning flame of my love.
Come together in order to fulfill my will by taking your stand on truth, love and honesty, and be worthy of participating in my task. I give you all my blessings for spreading my message of love.
—Source: Meher Baba’s last message on the alphabet board was dictated October 7, 1954, Satara; translated from Hindi by C. D. Deshmukh; and sent out to American and European groups on October 8. Lord Meher 13: 4562. See also Letters from the Mandali of Avatar Meher Baba (ed. Jim Mistry), pp. 139-140.
Appreciation of the Avatar
People generally remain indifferent when I am present among them. They understand and appreciate me more after I drop my body. That is the way whenever I come. [November 1955, Meherabad]
—Source: Listen, Humanity, p. 14
Blessings of Love
It is a fact that I have come amongst you. One of these days the whole world will come to realise how I have come, where I have come from, and the purpose of my coming.
I repeat once again that I have come neither to establish panths and jaats (groups and classes), nor to establish mandirs, masjids, churches and ashrams in the world.
I have come to receive the beauty and give the blessings of love. All else but God — whether rites, rituals or ceremonies in the name of religion, worldly possessions, family, money, or one’s own physical body — all else but God is illusion. [1955, India]
—Source: Listen, Humanity, p. 240
My Bliss Will Remain
The infinite bliss of my Self-realization was, is and will remain continuous. At the moment, I experience both infinite bliss as well as infinite suffering. Once I drop the body, only bliss will remain. [1955, Meherabad]
—Source: Listen, Humanity, p. 246
The Law of Must
The world, once it knows who I am, will understand then what I want you to understand now — that from the beginningless beginning, I am the Ancient one, immutable and eternal…
I have already warned you of the dark cloud which I clearly see hovering over me. I have been referring to it in one way or another for many years.
In fact, only the shape of things changes every time I come, and that is why I say the same things again and again in different ways. At the time of Jesus, I uttered many warnings, yet none could grasp in advance about my crucifixion.
The dark cloud is very, very near to bursting, and I have to take the whole force of it upon myself. You can have no idea what that will mean for me. It will be like hell itself bursting upon me on earth. Be resolved to hold fast to my daaman even when this cloud bursts. You will thereby share in my work…
Look at the weapons of destruction science has evolved. Nation accuses nation of preparations for war, and world catastrophe might come without warning at any moment. World events reflect the results of my inner working.
At the time of the Flood, hell was let loose in the world. Scientists and statesmen now solemnly declare that if total war comes, the whole world may perish. They are just echoing me. But the whole world cannot perish because I have to come down again after 700 years…
Just as I am now quite unable to do so many physical things unaided, in spite of an otherwise healthy body, I may, at the time of the impending crisis, become even mentally helpless, without being mentally deranged in the least. You may then not be able to continue to hold on to my daaman because circumstances will seemingly justify your letting it go.
I am infinitely merciful, and so repeat the same theme again and again, so that you may remember my words and try your best to cling to me.
For example, in a sudden and terrifying earthquake, any man, in the blind hope of saving his life, is likely to run, forgetting in an instant his family and all his possessions, and thus forsake them before he realises what he has done.
Whatever is to happen will happen. This is the principle, or as I call it, the Law of Must, the law on which universal illusion thrives. It is as if the ready and complete film of illusion, from the beginningless beginning to the endless end, is being projected continually.
If it is destined that my daaman should slip from your hands, it will. But it is for me to warn, and for you to remain alert. [8 September 1957, Meherabad]
—Source: Life Circulars of Avatar Meher Baba, Pp. 79-82
Number of Followers
Age after age, when the Avatar comes, he has only a small group of followers. In this cycle, it is different, this cycle is something special. Now thousands in the south of India follow me. Recently the government approved a textbook of my life for use in the schools. The Zoroastrians were once opposed to me, but now they come and love me…
Only a few will hold on to me… those who are near to me, not in space, but in love. The rest will leave me. The age-old experience will be repeated. In this incarnation I have a large following, but again I shall be left with a few. It is as if around me there are many beautiful buildings. It took years to build them. But when an earthquake comes, they are destroyed in a few seconds. Only a few survive.
… You will see me only in memory. When I drop my body, I will remain in all who love me. I can never die. Love me, obey me, and you will find me.
[20 May 1958,, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina]
—Source: The Awakener, vol. 5, no. 3 (Special Sahavas issue 1958), p. 7
Every time I come, it happens. I have a small crowd of followers, and at a critical time, they deny me.
This time Baba has a large following, and yet, at the nick of time, they also will deny me.
Around me there are beautiful buildings, homes that took years to build. It took years to build structures like these, but it does not take five seconds to demolish these structures.
At this particular time, it is only those who love and obey Baba 100% who will be able to hold onto him in the nick of time.
[20 May 1958, Myrtle Beach]
—Source: Ivy Duce, How a Master Works, p. 307
Hold On to His Daaman
If six cobras came into this room suddenly from out there, would you just sit still here with me? No, you would be flying out the doors and windows as fast as you could, in sheer panic. You would forget all about Baba. Peter denied me when I was Jesus. The dark cloud of which I have been talking is very, very near. It will happen suddenly, from an unexpected angle, just like I have mentioned the sudden onrush of the cobras. You will not expect it from such an angle, and you will feel justified in leaving me. Each will be tried by his psychological weakness, but try to hang on.
[20 May 1958, Myrtle Beach, to the Sufi group]
—Source: Ivy Duce, How a Master Works, p. 308
I have been made to take this human form by the five Perfect Masters of this age to bear the cross and to undergo humiliation.
You have read in the Gospels wherein Christ had said to his apostles, “You will deny me.” This did happen when Peter, the chief apostle, denied Jesus.
The thing is that during the phase of humilation, the circumstances will so array themselves that you won’t be aware when my daaman has slipped off your hands. At that time, you may even feel justified in leaving me.
But if you feel that this should not happen, there is one remedy. You should grasp well all that I say, and understandingly act up to it. You should also tell all of what you hear today to those who are not present.
In short, I clearly see the dark cloud. I do not wish to make a mere mention of the dark cloud without any reason, but this is my loving warning to you so that my daaman may not slip off your hands. [19 May or 2 June 1957, Poona]
—Source: The Best of the Glow (ed. Naosherwan Anzar), p. 16.
His Tomb a Place of World Pilgrimage
When I leave this body, it will have its rest in the tomb on this hill. After 70 years, this hill will turn into a place of world pilgrimage, where lovers of God, philosophers and celebrities will come to pay homage to the tomb.
—Source: The Awakener, vol. 5, no. 3 (Special Sahavas issue 1958), p. 12
My present Avataric form is the last incarnation of this cycle of time, hence my manifestation will be the greatest. When I break my silence, the impact of my love will be universal, and all life in creation will know, feel and receive of it. It will help every individual to break himself free from his own bondage in his own way. I am the divine beloved who loves you more than you can ever love yourself. The breaking of my silence will help you to help yourself in knowing your real self.
All this world confusion and chaos was inevitable, and no one is to blame. What had to happen has happened, and what has to happen will happen. There was and is no way out except through my coming in your midst. I had to come, and I have come. I am the Ancient one.
—Source: Universal Message
When I break my silence, my presence will flood the world, and even an inanimate thing like a stone will feel my love.
[April? 1963, India]
—Source: Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, p. 602
The troubles of the world are due to thinking. Soon I shall take this thinking upon myself, when my health will, most probably, be seriously affected. This is essential for my future working, which will affect the whole world. [March 1927, Meherabad]
—Source: Quoted in Charles Purdom, The Perfect Master, p. 113
I eternally enjoy the Christ state of consciousness, and when I speak, which I intend doing in the near future, I shall manifest my true self. Besides giving a spiritual push to the whole world, I shall lead all those who come to me towards light and Truth. This, in short, is my mission in the world. [29 May 1932, Hollywood, message to reporters]
—Source: Early Messages to the West
Q. Why do you not bring the salvation now?
Baba: Yes, I know. The world needs it very badly. But still there is a need for some of its greater evils to be eradicated, and then it will be very soon. I know it because I work it out.
Q. Will salvation be felt by anybody and everybody?
Baba: Mostly by all, but in degrees. To some more, to others less. But it will be a universal spiritual push.
[1934, Zurich, Switzerland]
—Source: The Answer (ed. Naosherwan Anzar), p. 9
The breaking of my silence will also be as sudden and unexpected as the passing away of Upasani Maharaj. The difference will, however, be in the general feeling, which will be very strong when I speak. All will feel it. It will shake the world like an earthquake. People will feel the shock in different degrees in different parts of the world. Thus they will experience it in different ways.
[23? December 1941, to Gulmai Irani, Meherabad]
—Source: Lord Meher 8: 2745
Hear me while I am silent, for when I break my silence, there will be nothing left for you to hear.
[20 August 1964, 60th Family Letter]
—Source: Quoted in Mani S. Irani, 82 Family Letters, p. 199
No messages about love and truth can draw the seeker even nearer to the real experience of them. But the breaking of my silence will shatter the seeker’s hard crust of ignorance, and reveal to him their true meaning.
[June? 1964, India]
—Source: Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, pp. 616-617
Be composed in the reality of my love, for all confusion and despair is your shadow, which will vanish when I speak the word.
[February? 1966, India]
—Source: Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, p. 636
When I break my silence, the hearts of all those who have come in contact with me will be ignited with love.
—Source: T. K. Ramanujam, Much Love, p. 596
Recognition of the Avatar
I am the Lord of the universe, and when I give up my body, the world will recognize me.
—Source: The Awakener, vol. 22, no. 1 (1986), p. 40
When I break my silence, the world will come to know who I am.
As a rule, in the past, it has been the lot of posterity to know who the Avatar was. But in this unique Avataric advent, the world will know who the Avatar is while Baba is yet on earth.
—Source: Sparks of the Truth (1967), ed. C. D. Deshmukh, inside front cover
I am both divine and human. Those who live with me feel more of my humanity than my divinity. Those whom I permit to come and see me for a while see more of my divinity than my humanity.
All my intimate lovers, whether living with me or away from me, will in the end experience my divinity. [May 1967, Meherazad]
—Source: Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, p. 650
Opening the Seven Doors
My abode is infinite. It is formless. But there are seven doors in my abode. Each door remains closed to all those bound in illusion.
The aim of involution is to open these seven doors to experience my infinity. The first door is extremely difficult to open. All the kingdoms of evolution stand at this door. Humanity has its back to this door. All faces are turned toward illusion. Humanity is the nearest kingdom to this door.
I come to open these seven doors. I work to cut a hole in the first door. That door leads to the first plane. This cutting is my work during my lifetime.
[1967, India, to Bhau Kalchuri]
—Source: The Awakener, vol. 21, no. 2 (1985), p. 59; also in Bhau Kalchuri, Avatar of the Age Meher Baba Manifesting, p. 189
Something Great Will Happen
None can have the least idea of the immensity of the work that I am doing in this seclusion. The only hint I can give is that, compared with the work I do in seclusion, all the important work of the world put together is completely insignificant. Although for me the burden of my work is crushing, the result of my work will be intensely felt by all the people of the world…
… I repeat, something great will happen that has never happened before. But now it will not be until soon after the 21st of May 1968.
I also repeat that the fate of the universe hangs on my seclusion, and the redemption of mankind depends upon my manifestation…
[February 1968, India]
—Source: Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, p. 659
Work 100% Done
My work is done. It is completed 100% to my satisfaction. The result of this work will also be 100%, and will manifest from the end of September.
[30 July 1968, India]
—Source: Kitty Davy, Love Alone Prevails, p. 666
You Will Witness with Your Own Eyes
Baba had asked that his followers not write him at all because of his seclusion work. Bhau Kalchuri, one of Baba’s Mandali, felt deeply disturbed that Baba would not reply to letters from his followers. Baba told him,
“My lovers are great. They want nothing material or spiritual. I come down to worship them. . . .
“Why are you so disturbed? You have been with me for so many years, and still you do not understand what I am doing for them. If they come here, what will they see? Only this physical body.
“This is the real thing I am giving them [Baba made the gesture for his seclusion work, which was a fist against his thigh]. My work is the real thing which I am giving them, and you will witness with your own eyes what will happen to those who have not met me physically.”
—Source: Bhau Kalchuri, Avatar of the Age Meher Baba Manifesting, p. 195; also The Awakener, vol. 21, no. 2 (1985), p. 58
I Shall Use My Bliss for 700 Years
Again and again, God takes human form to suffer for his creation. I am that one. Like you, I also have a body and a mind and so on. I feel hunger, thirst, etc. But I also have the Universal body and the Universal mind, and therefore your individual suffering is nothing compared to my eternal universal suffering.
I have infinite knowledge. I do not have to use my mind in order to know — I just know. I use my infinite knowledge. But although I have infinite bliss and power, I do not make use of them. If I were to make use of the bliss that is at my beck and call, how could my suffering be suffering? And of what benefit would it be to mankind?
I also do not use my infinite power. If I were to use it, how would I remain helpless? I remain infinitely helpless because while having infinite power at my command, I do not use it. I shall use it only when I break my silence to give a universal spiritual awakening. And when I drop this body, I shall use my bliss for 700 years till my next advent.
—Source: T. K. Ramanujam, Much Love, pp. 574-575
“… In fact, Baba has been heard to have remarked that… more than a lakh [100,000] of souls will have Illumination* at his hands before his mission comes to an end.”
—Source: Abdul Ghani, in Ivy O. Duce, How a Master Works, p. 719
*Illumination = the experience of the sixth plane