When the Word of My Love breaks out of its silence and speaks in your hearts, telling you who I really am, you will know that that is the Real Word you have been always longing to hear. — Meher Baba
Who is Meher Baba?
Meher Baba explained that there is one ancient original Soul of souls. The Avatar, that original Ancient One, comes again and again every 700 – 1400 years to bear the responsibility of spiritual progress for the universe. He revealed that the Avatar had come in the past as Zoroaster, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad, and as many unknown others through recorded and unrecorded history.
About who He is, Meher Baba stated:
“I was Rama, I was Krishna, I was this One, I was that One, and now I am Meher Baba. In this form of flesh and blood, I am that same Ancient One whose past is worshiped and remembered, whose present is ignored and forgotten, and whose future (advent) is anticipated with great fervor and longing.” (1)
Meher Baba explained that He had not come to establish any religion but that His work in this advent was to bring about unity in the midst of diversity through love:
“To affirm religious faiths, to establish societies, or to hold conferences will never bring about the feeling of unity and oneness in the life of mankind, now completely absorbed in the manyness of illusion. Unity in the midst of diversity can be made to be felt only by touching the very core of the heart. This is the work for which I have come.
I have come to sow the seed of love in your hearts so that, in spite of all superficial diversity which your life in illusion must experience and endure, the feeling of oneness through love is brought about amongst all the nations, creeds, sects and castes of the world.” (2)
Meher Baba kept silence since July 10, 1925. Explaining one reason for His chosen silence He stated:
“I have come not to teach but to awaken. Understand therefore that I lay down no precepts. Throughout eternity I have laid down principles and precepts, but mankind has ignored them. Man's inability to live God's words makes the Avatar's teaching a mockery. Instead of practicing the compassion he taught, man has waged crusades in his name. Instead of living the humility, purity and truth of his words, man has given way to hatred, greed and violence.
Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present avataric form I observe Silence. You have asked for and been given enough words—it is now time to live them.” (3)
Baba explained that living the life of selfless service awakened by love for God holds the key to true joy and happiness:
“Real happiness lies in making others happy.”
“Of all the forces that can best overcome all difficulties is the love that knows how to give without bargaining for a return…. Pure love is matchless in majesty. It has no parallel in power and there is no darkness it cannot dispel. It is the undying flame that sets all life aglow.” (4)
In Discourses Meher Baba explained in depth about the Avatar’s role and responsibilities to creation. The Avatar, God as Man, being the first in creation to have reached the goal of God-realization, is the only one who returns again and again to assume the burden of ignorance and the suffering it brings for all creation. He is the “Word made flesh,” the “Only Son of God.” After many cycles of time, due to the accumulation in creation of an infinite number of false words, He comes to live silently as man, so that He can once again speak the Original Word that will clear the noise from the minds and hearts of people, so that they may be able to receive that gift which He always brings: DIVINE LOVE.
(Summarized from “The Avatar” from Discourses)
1. “Meher Baba Calling” no. 77
2. “The Final Declaration”
3. “The Universal Message”
4. “Lord Meher” p.2591