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매해 = 독수리 매(隼)와 바다 해(海)
사랑의 바다 + 독수리
‘메허 바바’ 라고 하셔도 상관 없습니다.
“신은 가슴의 정적(silence)속에서 말씀하신다“
— 수녀 테레사
The succession of experiences that one goes through in the process of involution is called the Spiritual Path, and the going through them is likened to a journey. On one stage you hear melodious sounds and music that enchant and overwhelm you. On another stage you see wonderful visions in which most often you get lost. Such experiences are part and parcel of the Great Dream in Illusion, though together they may be called a real or super Dream compared with day to day experiences of the gross sphere.
‘영적 역진화과정’(involution) 안에서 한 영혼이 통과하며 거치는 일련의 체험들을 영적 경로(Spiritual Path)라 한다. 이 체험들을 거치는 과정은 마치 여행과도 같다. 어느 단계에 도달했을 때, 그대는 아름다운 소리와 음악의 황홀함에 넋을 잃는다. 또다른 단계에 도달했을 때, 그대는 경이로운 비전(visions)을 보다가 대부분의 경우 그 속에서 길을 잃게 된다. 이러한 체험들은 환상 속의 ‘큰 꿈’의 일부에 불과하다; 그러나 이 체험들을 ‘물질적 영역'(gross sphere)에 속한 일반인의 일상의 체험과 비교하면, 참된 꿈이나 고차원의 꿈이라 부르는 것이 적절할 것이다.
The experiences are so innumerable and varied, that the journey appears to be interminable and the Destination is ever out of sight. But the wonder of it is, when at last you reach your Destination you find that you had never travelled at all! It was a journey from here to Here. As one Sufi expressed it, When I plucked the date (Fruit of Realization) I found the fruit was within me.
이러한 체험들은 너무도 다양하고 무수하기에, 영적 여행은 끝없이 이어지는 듯 하고 목적지는 언제나 저 먼 너머에 있는 듯 보인다. 그러나 무엇보다도 놀랄 일이 있다. 그대가 머나먼 여행 끝에 목적지(Destination)에 도착해보면, 어떤 여행도 한 적이 없었다는 사실을 알게 된다는 것이다! 이 자리(here)에서 이 자리(Here)로, 그대는 간 곳 없는 여행을 한 것이다. 어떤 수피는 이것을 이렇게 표현하였다.
나무에서 대추를 따던 날,
그 대추가 원래 내 안에 있었음을 알았네.
* 대추 : ‘깨달음의 과일’을 상징
The journey seems infinitely long while you are passing through the dream-experiences of reincarnation and the six planes of involution, until finally you merge into yourself to emerge as Self. But the journey is after all no journey: it is simply the momentum of your urge to awaken from the Dream and get established in the reality of the God-state of Infinite Consciousness. To awaken means to consciously experience the sound-sleep State of God. When you awake you find that the Great Dream containing all the varied illusory aspects of dreaming, has vanished for ever. Heaven and hell as well as all the planes vanish within your Self, to remain as nothing. In this Awakened State, there is no scope for anything besides you – the Self, the Existence eternal and infinite.
수없는 환생의 꿈-체험을 거쳐, 그 후 여섯 경지로 이뤄진 ‘역진화 과정’을 거치는 동안, 그리고 마침내 그대가 자신 안으로 녹아들어 참나(Self)로 드러나기까지, 이 여행길은 끝도 없이 길게 느껴진다. 그러나 이 여행은 결코 여행이 아니다: 꿈에서 깨어나려는 그대의 충동이 몰아온 기세다; 즉, 무한한 의식이며 신의 상태(God-state)인 실재(Reality)에 확립되려는 그대의 충동에서 비롯된 기세다. 깨어난다는 것은, 신의 깊은 잠 상태(sound-sleep State of God)를 의식적(consciously)으로 체험하는 것이다. 언젠가 꿈에서 깨어났을 때 그대는, 꿈의 온갖 환상적 측면을 포함하고 있는 ‘큰 꿈’ 자체가 영원히 사라졌다는 것을 알게 된다. 천국과 지옥을 포함한 모든 영적 경지들도 그대의 참나 속으로 사라져 무(無)가 된다. 이 깨어난 상태(Awakened State)는, 그대 자신(you) 외에는 그 무엇도 함께할 수 없는 자리다 – 무한하고 영원한 존재이며 참나인 그대 자신(you) 이외에는.
This is the only Experience worth experiencing and aspiring after. To gain this Experience you have to become as dust at the feet of the Perfect Master – which amounts to becoming as nothing. And, when you become absolutely nothing, you become Everything.
Introduction to the New Edition
1 – The Lover and the Beloved 1
2 – Wine and Love 2
3 – Stages of Love 4
4 – Gifts of Love 5
5 – Love of Woman and God 6
6 – God is Shy of Strangers 7
7 – Absolute Honesty 8
8 – Become Footless and Headless 10
9 – A Journey Without Journeying 11
10 – The Inquisitive and Doubting Man 13
11 – Three Sorts of Cheap experiences
13 – Do Not Seek and You Will Find 18
14 – God Seeks 19
15 – The Pearl Diver 20
16 – The Four Journeys 22
17 – The Wine-seller 27
18 – The Unlimited One is the Sadguru 29
19 – The Divine Pretence 33
20 – A Plight 34
21 – Imparting of Knowledge 35
22 – Types of Knowledge 37
23 – Introductions 38
24 – Sahavas Sayings 39
25 – Do Not Absent Yourself
26 – Want What I Want 42
27 – Your Gift of Obedience
28 – The Divine Response 45
29 – The Questioning Mind 47
30 – Awake Dream State to Real Awake State 51
31 – I am Infinite Consciousness 56 32-IamtheSong 57
33 – Infinite Knowledge 58
34 – Universal Body 59
35 – To Know Everything in a Flash 60
36 – Knowing and Not Knowing 61
37 – Will and Worry 62
38 – The Jest on My Chest 63
39 – Knowledge – Purposes – Meaning – Suffering 64
40 – Maya the Showman 65
41 – At the Junction of Reality and Illusion 67
43 – Toys in the Divine Game 70
44 – God Alone Is 72
45 – Upheaval 76
46 – The Remembered and Forgotten One 77
47 – The Question and its Answer 78
48 – Percentages 79
49 – Infinite Atmas in Paramatma 80
50 – The One and The Zero 83
51 – The One Original Real Nothing 85
52 – The Procession of Creation 87
53 – The Dream of Materialism 88
54 – The Now 90
56 – Infinite Individuality Asserts Indivisible Oneness 93 57 – Three Conditions 95
58 – Truth is of God, Law is of Illusion 97
59 – Shadows of Knowledge, Power, Bliss 98
60 – The World is a Prison 99
61 – Purposelessness in Infinite Existence 100
62 – Mental Consciousness 101
63 – The Working of the Avatar 105
64 – Forgive and Forget 109
65 – Ignorance Personified 111
Bibliography 113 – 114 Biographical 115
These Discourses were given over the last two or three years to his disciples by one who needs no introduction because he is the Self of every self and has his home in every heart; but because we have forgotten this he has re-introduced himself to men as the Ancient One who is before all things were and will be after all things have ceased to exist.
In earlier times he was known as Jesus the Christ and Gotama the Buddha and Krishna the Lover and Rama the King. This time he is called Meher Baba. Later, after he has dropped his mortal body, men will probably add ‘The Awakener’ after his name, for he has said, I have come not to teach but to awaken.
Meher Baba asserts that he is God, Truth Absolute, and says he has taken form solely because of his compassion for suffering humanity. Man’s sufferingis great. Despite the propaganda programmes of ‘things were never better’ man’s suffering is so great that he has devised the meansof self-annihilation, to extinguish himself and his seed utterly. The question that now occupies the minds of all thinking men is how this destruction may be averted – for the power for this destruction is in the hands of men who are not morally equipped to be the custodians of such power.
This thinking is not in clear streams, but is rather as the cross- currents of an agitated sea seeking a channelled flow toward Something that can guarantee continued existence. With religionists this Something tends to take the form of Someone, the world Saviour which all religions promise.
Meher Baba says he is this Something or Someone. ‘I am the One whom so many seek and so few find.’
Naturally many will not accept this assertion. Indeed, while all men are praying for Someone or Something to save the world, some will be praying that this Man be saved from the gigantic deception of believing he is God!
But Truth has never waited for us to accept It, but, as the Wind listeth where It will, proclaims Itself according to Its own sweet will and whim. It is as natural for God-Man to assert, I am God, as it is for us to assert, I am man. And it would be as laughable for God- Man to say, I am not God, as it would be for us to say, I am not man. Our ignorance of divine Truths is colossal and our ideas about God are so elementary.
It takes some courage to accept God as God-Man, for acceptance means surrender of one’s individual ego-life. However, since our cherished lives are no longer ours but are in the hands of the first one who will give an order for buttons to be pressed, surrender is not so difficult!
But more courageous than those who surrender themselves to God-Man would seem to be those, who, expecting a Someone or a Something, remain true to their expectation by denying the occurrence of the Advent of God-Man because they cannot prove he is not what he proclaims he is.
And perhaps more courageous than these are those who continue to follow the westering false lights of material progress while the beautiful silent Person of God has already lit the east-sky with the Dawn of a New Humanity . Presently the Sun of his Word will break across the world, and his Glory will be manifest to all.
Meanwhile the Discourses in this book—dictated
in silence by Meher Baba through hand-signs – may be said to be indications of the One Word of Truth that he will utter when he breaks his Silence and manifests his Godhood to men. The Everything and The Nothing constitutes a preparation of mind and heart to receive that One Word of Truth when he speaks it.
Francis Brabazon 1st November, 1962
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