Two Aspects of Divinity
Source: Excerpted from Message given at Nagpur, November 13, 1944, published in Messages of Meher Baba Delivered in the East and West, published byAdi K. Irani for the Publication Committee, Meher Baba Universal Spiritual Centre, King’s Road, Ahmednagar, India. 1945. Also known as “Message of Cheer and Hope to Suffering Humanity.”
There are always two aspects of Divinity perpetually and eternally active in the affairs of the world. The destructive aspect of Divinity as expressed in Persian means “Self-glorification” and the constructive aspect of Divinity is called in Persian “Self-beatitude.” The aspect of Self-glorification by God, when it gets palpably active, entails suffering and destruction on a colossal scale, as we see it today. The aspect of divine Self-beatitude when it asserts itself, brings in its wake peace and plenty.
In the aspect of Self-glorification, Divinity repels itself through its own creation, and in the aspect of Self-beatitude, Divinity attracts or loves itself through its own creation. The former is a negative method and the latter is a positive method, and both these methods ultimately are instruments of divine wisdom, to rouse to their divine heritage, which is Self-realisation.
Further, both aspects of God referred to just now not only affect humanity individually and collectively, but their intensity and force are directly in proportion to each other and they assert themselves in cyclic waves. Now that the destructive phase is about to weaken, the aspect of Divine Beatitude is nearly due to come to the fore, and to invite humanity to avail itself of this blessedness to come is my Divine Mission in life.
Just as in the present world catastrophe even the guilty and not-guilty combatants and non-combatants have suffered intensely physically and mentally, similarly, in the Self-beatitude aspect of God that is to be manifest in the near future, not only the deserving but the non-deserving as well, have a chance of being the recipients of Divine Grace, provided they are wide awake to the situation, which will be a cyclic dispensation rare and unique.