מהר באבא

"It is practice, not theory, that produces results."

״All persons have to pass through the state of bondage, but this period of bondage is not to be looked upon as a meaningless episode in the evolution of life. One has to experience being caged if one is to appreciate freedom. If in the entire span of its life a fish has not come out of the water even once, it has no chance of appreciating the value of water. From its birth till its death it has lived only in water, and it is not in a position to understand what water really means to its being. But if it is taken out of water even for a moment, it longs for water and becomes qualified by that experience to appreciate the importance of water. In the same way, if life were constantly free and manifested no bondage, man would miss the real significance of freedom. To experience spiritual bondage and know intense desire to be free from it are both a preparation for the full enjoyment of the freedom that is to come.״

״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. To get nearer and nearer to God you have to get further and further away from “I”, “my”, “me”, and “mine”. You have not to renounce anything but your own self. It is as simple as that, though found to be almost impossible. It is possible for you to renounce your limited self by my Grace. I have come to release that Grace.״

"I have come not to teach but to awaken. Understand therefore that I lay down no precepts."

The knowledge of Truth as gained through the established creeds
is like the knowledge of a town which one gets by studying it on a
map. To see and know the town one has to take the trouble of
actually going there.
It is one thing merely to see the picture of a cow; quite a different
thing to have a real cow and to drink its milk.
In the same way all religious creeds, though useful for the time
being, ultimately must be replaced by actual experience and the
inner spiritual Path must be traversed before one can realize the
infinite Truth.״

The energy which is expended in mere thinking, talking or writing
is like the steam which escapes through the whistle of the railway
engine. The whistle makes a noise, and is even interesting, but it
cannot drive the engine. No amount of whistling can move the
engine forward. The steam has to be harnessed and used
intelligently in order that it may actually take the engine to its
destination. That is why the sages have always insisted on
practice rather than theory. This applies particularly to those who
want to know and realize God.

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