He may have been saying outrageous things but he had not done anything against any law, against any morality. And to reward him with crucifixion simply condemned the whole Judaic religion and tradition. Thousands of Jews who had never paid any attention to Jesus became Christians, and the basic number came from Judea.
Perhaps the strategy of crucifixion worked. And for a man like Jesus, life and death don’t matter. What matters is that he has found something and he wants to share it – but it is so difficult to find somebody willing to share life’s greatest blessings and benedictions.
Sudha, it hurts but I have to tell you the truth. And you have to understand: It is not being told to somebody else, it is being told to you, to each person individually.
If you are not awake, then perhaps it is worth my being crucified. If that helps you to be more conscious, to be more loving, to be more alert, to be more integrated….
My life and my death are both for you.
For a single purpose, I go on continuing breathing. I hope…it is time that man should become more conscious on a worldwide scale, because except for that, nothing can save humanity from the destruction of the third world war that is looming darker and darker every day on the horizon.
Meher Baba speaks about two different kinds of enlightened masters. One he calls “man becoming God,” the other he calls “God becoming man.” Gautam Buddha belongs to the first – slowly, through many lives, he has flowered into the state of buddhahood. Meher Baba asserts that he belongs to the second, “God becoming man.” I have not really understood what he means. Can you say something about this?
The question is difficult because there is a misunderstanding on the part of Meher Baba.
In India, there are two types of religions: Hinduism believes that God comes down and becomes man. They call it avatar – the very word avatar means descendence. Rama and Krishna, according to Hindu mythology, are gods in disguise. God is coming from above to be a man; that is the Hindu idea.
In India, there are other religions – Jainism, Buddhism – which have a totally different standpoint. God does not come down because there is no God above; God is sleeping within you. It has to be awakened. So man, slowly, slowly becomes more and more conscious and finally becomes God.
God is the transformed, purified consciousness of man.
Meher Baba must have been in difficulty – which one to choose? He tried to console both types of people in India by making this statement that “God happens in two ways: First he descends and becomes a man and second, he ascends through man and blossoms, manifests himself.”