YOUR OWN MOUTH MUST EAT ITSELF
It is no joke to realize Me. Those who develop inner sight and even those who are established Saints fail to fathom Me. This is because Fana (total annihilation) stands between all illusion, from the lowest to the highest, and the One Reality. The practice of Shariat, that is living in strict compliance with the laws and precepts of one's religion, may lead one to Tariqat, the path of Gnosis, which has six stages. But Tariqat has its end in Fana (self-annihilation). Imagine, for example, that your body is your self and your body must be totally consumed by you in the course of the six stages of Gnosis. You will have to do this with your own mouth, piece by piece, at every stage. Ultimately, in the last stage, your own mouth must eat itself. That is what I mean by the final Fana, and this is why I tell you that it is impossible to realize Me without My help.
Although I appear to be quite different in every Avataric period, I always am and always remain the same from beginning to end. I live the worldly life that is lived by the people, in order to help them to live the divine life that I live simultaneously. To be established in the hearts of the people I need no religious organization. On the contrary, religious organizations need Me in order to be established after Me. Those who do not love Me fail to understand Me; and those who do not realize My Divinity fail to understand it.
PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY, p. 84, John A. Grant
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