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No other work has yet been published which takes the reader so deeply into the fundamental mechanics of life and the universe. God Speaks is a minutely detailed description of the journey of the soul from the time of its "creation" until it has completed its function in the evolution and involution of consciousness, and has returned to the Over-Soul from which it originated.

The flowering of each stage in the developmental pattern is described from several standpoints; and the characteristics and difficulties of certain key steps along the way are considered in detail. In reading God Speaks one has the sense of an unlimited breadth of viewpoint in which the teachings of all the great world religions are literally brought together "like beads on one string." The special knowledges of each are incorporated into a comprehensive description of the goal of Creation, and certain basic misunderstandings of the teachings of the Messengers of the ages are deftly corrected, so that a consistent, fundamental pattern of the origins and destiny of man emerges.

Students of philosophy and religion will find much material which is entirely new or which had previously been advanced only in very fragmentary form. With precision and lucidity Meher Baba clarifies and defines formerly diffuse concepts. Regarding evolution and consciousness, he says, "It is well to remember always that the beginning is a beginning in consciousness, the evolution is an evolution in consciousness, the end, if there be an end, is an end in consciousness."

On concluding the volume, one is left with the conviction that, regardless of the mechanism by which it may have been accomplished, truly the voice of God has been heard.

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Only a God-realized being has the knowledge, the depth and acuity of insight to author a book such as God Speaks on the purpose of Creation and the goal of life. Meher Baba was that rare one among perfect ones who appears whenever a world crisis is at its height and whose role is to set the world on a new direction in a new age. From February 25, 1894, until January 31, 1969, the Saviour of mankind again walked this earth. The Messiah, the Christ, the Avatar, the Buddha, the Rasool of God was again among us in human form as Meher Baba. This statement cannot be intellectually proved, nor is it made to establish a claim. The greatness and significance of Meher Baba can only be measured by the stretching of the inner self of those who are attracted by the impact of his life and teachings.

Throughout his lifetime, Meher Baba's headquarters were in western India, often near Poona or Ahmednagar. Although access and contact were difficult by Western standards (especially with the permanent residence of later years at Meherazad), this was not isolation. Long periods of seclusion alternated with extensive world travels. His contacts with notables and with the unknown were extensive. In a crowd, his dynamic nature drew all eyes toward him. His charm and appeal to all who came near him were universal. For his devotees, he changed every facet of their existence. They would rearrange their lives so that they could be with him on those rare occasions when he held darshan or sahavas. His silence, which he observed voluntarily since 1925, did not impair communication. "In the past, I have given you enough words," he said, "the time has now come to live them." Up until late 1954 he used a board with letters of the English alphabet mounted on it, to which he pointed. That is how he dictated this book. After 1954 he used hand gestures, where were read out by disciples.

Meher Baba did not come to establish a new religion. "There are enough of these," he said. He came to awaken us. The task for the individual is to live his religion in practice, by working on himself and by serving othersnot to convert or change others to match his own views. Throughout his life, Avatar Meher Baba was the living example of his motto "Mastery in Servitude." This is emblazoned on the tomb where his body now lies buried atop Meherabad Hill.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Dodd Mead; Reprint edition (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915828022
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915828029
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By deardavid on May 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I first read this wonderful book in 1970, when the soil of my life, the ground of my being, had been torn apart by the tempests and storms of growing up in the 1960's, and I had developed an eager and insatiable, even desperate thirst to find out what is my purpose in life, what am I doing here, who am I....
"God Speaks" provided an answer and planted a seed that has developed into a mighty tree whose beautiful and radiant branches have spread lovingly over the entire landscape of my life, even while revealing in contrast ever more clearly the beauty and wonder of the infinite sky beyond. In its last chapter, this book says that the Truth about God and Creation and Reality is still far beyond what can be put into words, but the words of this book at the time not only satisfied my mind about all the questions of why and wherefrom and whereto -- a mind that had eagerly absorbed all the science and math and art and psychology and philosophy it could handle and still came up hungry and thirsty -- but it also seemed to answer questions welling up from deep within that I could not yet even formulate.
The first words of Chapter One still ring in my heart: "All souls (atmas) were, are and will be in the Over-Soul (Paramatma). Souls (atmas) are all One. ..."
This book is really a mighty poem about the evolution of consciousness of the soul, through earthly forms of stone, metal, vegetable, worm, fish, bird, animal, and human being, and then through numerous lifetimes of every sort of experience -- of being man and woman, rich and poor, happy and miserable, good and bad -- until the soul's consciousness turns inward and it begins to experience stages and worlds of increasing unity of sensation and perception ...
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Woodshed on March 10, 2004
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This one of the most remarkable books you'll ever read; over and over. It is the book you grab when your house is on fire. People pestered Meher Baba to tell all. He perfered jokes and games. So, the Avatar explains how the whole of humanity is structured. As only he can. There are large fold out illustrations and graphs to augment to His unbelievable words. Mind you, this is not an easy read. I would suggest reading "The Discourses" first. But this is a crowning acheivment amidst a vast array of so called "spiritual" books. I wouldn't live without it.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1998
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God Speaks is a book you dont't read just once, Meher Baba gave instructions to His followers that they should read it at least 7 times in their lifetimes..Why? Perhaps it is because the author Himself knows that to grasp the sublime that is latent in each must dive deep and recall and then the words will awake one to the inherent knowledge that "You and I are not We but One"-Avatar Meher Baba...I have read the book 3 times so far, and each time, another revelation comes to me.. imagine...reading the words of The Avatar of The Age...Meher Baba...It is Amazing!!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. Talat Halman on December 31, 2009
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My daughter called this book "epic." That's a good way to start to intimate what kind of work this is: a clear look at "the big picture." Meher Baba's "God Speaks" is the description of the journey of the soul throughout all the realms of the cosmos, told as simply and directly as such can be done. This is the book that inspires the idea of Pete Townshend's song from "Tommy," the "Amazing Journey."

Avatar Meher Baba describes God as a limitless, shoreless ocean and each soul as a "drop soul" of that ocean. Each soul passes through the experiences of all beings: emerging in the gaseous state, and proceeding through the mineral; plant; fish; insect reptile and bird; animal; and human states. This is evolution guided by the soul's growth according to the patterns of experience (impressions, _sanskaras_) that the soul acquires. Evolution is driven by consciousness. At the human level we have the opportunity to engage in spiritual evolution, which Meher Baba calls "involution."

In human involution one enters on the spiritual path of seven planes. The first subtle planes are the basic practices of spirituality. The fourth plane is a transitional point between planes three and five in that at this level soul's acquire psychic and magical abilities which one must renounce in order to advance. Plane five and six are the mental planes. Plane five is the plane of the mind; plane six is the heart's mental dimension. The struggle of the soul in plane 5 is to conquer lust; in plane six, to conquer greed, in plane seven, to subdue anger. Saints dwell in the fifth, sixth, and seventh planes. Beyond that is the total return, the re-emerging into Godhood with its infinite power, knowledge, and bliss. This is the ultimate goal of life: to reenter the one Oversoul and re-unite with God.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Martin R. Davis on April 12, 2009
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I first heard of Meher Baba in 1973 and became fascinated by this strange holy man who claimed to be God. I had the privilege of meeting many of his followers over the years and I was struck by their humility and honesty about how they had lived in relationship with Meher Baba for many years. He seems to be the real deal!!!

GOD SPEAKS is a great book. It is the ultimate book on Vedanta and Sufi Mysticism. It offers a wonderful and logical explanation for all the diversity in nature, as God, the infinite, experiencing himself through all possible finite forms.

I've read this book many times - as a follower of Meher Baba, and as a doubter of Meher Baba. In both scenarios the book still holds up as being one of the finest works of its kind. As one reviewer said, this book is not proposed as opinions or theories, but as the unabashed truth about how reality works!!

If you're skeptical I'm not surprised. But I'd recommend this book to a hardened atheist as much as I'd recommend it to a born-again Christian. This book challenges your thinking and your views of reality.

I'd also recommend Discourses

Both books are classics.
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