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The Avatars & Their Times

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While Avatar Meher Baba was in London in 1934, there was a reception for Him at the home of the Countess Kitty Pahlen. There were about 15 people who came to meet Meher Baba, and He answered many of their questions. 

Someone asked why Jesus never married, and what follows is Meher Baba's answer to that question:

AVATAR MEHER BABA in Los Angeles (Hollywood), May-June 1932.

AVATAR MEHER BABA in Los Angeles (Hollywood), May-June 1932.

THE AVATAR'S EXTERIOR LIFE IS REGULATED BY THE TIMES

"The Avatar's exterior way of living is regulated by the habits and customs of the times, and He adopts that attitude which is most suited to serve as an example to His contemporaries. But in essence, all Avatars embody the same ideal of life. [1]

"The Avatars incarnate in this world at different times and their teachings have therefore to be adapted to the mentality of their epoch.

"At times, the Avatar bases His teaching on the search for the personal God, and at other times, on the search for the impersonal God.

"God, manifesting as the Avatar in different periods of time, quenches the thirst of man in different ways. All human beings, either consciously or unconsciously, have the same thirst for Truth." [2] 

THE TIME OF ZOROASTER 

ZOROASTER (Image: Centrum-Universal)

ZOROASTER (Image: Centrum-Universal)

"At the time of Zoroaster, humanity was hesitant and lacked equilibrium. [The Persians then] were neither complete materialists nor really attracted toward the spiritual light.

"He taught them to be good householders, to marry and abstain from desiring the wife of another, and to worship God. His own life was based on this principle: good thoughts, good words and good deeds. Zoroaster was married. " [3]

THE TIME OF KRISHNA

KRISHNA (Image: Elephant Journal)

KRISHNA (Image: Elephant Journal)

"At the time of Krishna, the Hindus were at war fighting among themselves.

"Envy and greed were predominant, and a real concept of spiritual life and love was unknown to them.

"Krishna based his spiritual teachings on the laws of love and pure, innocent merriment. Human beings were joyfully directed toward a disinterested ideal of love." [4]

THE TIME OF BUDDHA

BUDDHA (Image: Viewzone)

BUDDHA (Image: Viewzone)

"At the time of Buddha, the people of India were deep into materialism.  

 "In order to demonstrate that their conception of value was wrong and that they were victims of the goddess of illusion, or maya, Buddha renounced his wife, his family and the riches of the world in order to establish his teachings on renunciation." [5]

THE TIME OF MUHAMMAD  

CALLIGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION of Muhammad. (Wikipedia) "At the time of Muhammad, the Arab tribesmen were very sensuous, and it was not considered bad or illegal to live with several wives.   "If Muhammad had not married like Jesus and had advocated celibacy, or if he had imposed absolute continence, it would have produced inevitably dangerous reactions.   "Few people would have followed his teachings and fewer still would have been attracted to such an ideal. Muhammad had six wives, but he had no physical contact with them." [6]  

CALLIGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION of Muhammad. (Wikipedia)

"At the time of Muhammad, the Arab tribesmen were very sensuous, and it was not considered bad or illegal to live with several wives.  

"If Muhammad had not married like Jesus and had advocated celibacy, or if he had imposed absolute continence, it would have produced inevitably dangerous reactions.  

"Few people would have followed his teachings and fewer still would have been attracted to such an ideal. Muhammad had six wives, but he had no physical contact with them." [6]  

THE TIME OF JESUS

JESUS (Image: Divine Revelations) "At the time of Jesus, arrogance, imperiousness, pride and cruelty were the characteristics of people. Nevertheless, they possessed a conception of justice in regard to women and marriage; therefore, it was not necessary, as it was in Arabia, to make marriage an example. "Jesus lived the life of humility, simplicity, and poverty, and he endured suffering in order to direct human beings toward the purest ideal -God as Beloved." [7]  

JESUS (Image: Divine Revelations)

"At the time of Jesus, arrogance, imperiousness, pride and cruelty were the characteristics of people. Nevertheless, they possessed a conception of justice in regard to women and marriage; therefore, it was not necessary, as it was in Arabia, to make marriage an example.

"Jesus lived the life of humility, simplicity, and poverty, and he endured suffering in order to direct human beings toward the purest ideal -God as Beloved." [7]  


SOURCE    

[1] Bhau Kalchuri, Lord Meher: The Biography of the Avatar of the Age Meher Baba, p. 1616 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Trust. All quotes and page numbers are from the Revised Online Edition at lordmeher.org.
[2] Ibid., p. 1617.
[3] Ibid., p. 1616. 
[4] Ibid., p. 1617-1617. 
[5] Ibid., p. 1617. 
[6] Ibid., p. 1617. 
[7] Ibid., p. 1617.  



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