Dear Meher Center Family and Friends,
Greetings in Meher Baba’s love to you and your family. We are happy to announce that Meher Center will be holding the 2022 Young Adult Sahavas at the retreat from November 10-13. This Sahavas is open to young people between the ages of 18 and 43. Please mark the date!
Also please note: we have a correction regarding Ward Parks' seminar on "Creation and its Causes.” This presentation will be given at the Center on Oct. 21, 22, and 23.
On February 26, 1954 while touring Andhra State in India, Meher Baba said:
“The Avatar, however, wants to free people from their suffering, so He wants to make them suffer for God. This suffering is known as ‘real suffering’ because it loosens the bindings of people’s sanskaras and leads them to Reality.
“How does the Avatar bring this about? He burns His own cloak of illusion (which is His constant crucifixion) so that others’ illusory cloaks will also be burned. And the brilliance of the Avatar’s Shama (flame of a candle) attracts the moths (parwanas). The Avatar burns His own cloak of illusion to attract His lovers to Him. Once His lovers are drawn to Him, His naaz (whims of the Beloved) may make them suffer, but this suffering is ‘real suffering’ as it frees them from all suffering and eventually unites them with God.
“The life of the Avatar is an Illusion-consuming Flame. The Avatar’s lovers, like moths, gather, hovering about Him, the Flame. A few are even so possessed by love that they fly into the Flame and burn themselves, their false selves, and so experience the ‘I Am God’ state. To be so consumed, however, depends upon the grace of the Avatar.”*
In Baba’s love and service,
For Meher Center board and staff
*Glimpses of the God-Man, By Bal Natu, Vol. V, p. 176-177.