Volume III  Page 109  §  The Task for Spiritual Workers

DISCOURSES by Meher Baba

        (i) Apparent descent to the lower level:
         It may often be necessary for you to apparently descend to the lower level of those whom you are trying to help. Though your purpose is to raise people to the higher level of consciousness, they might fail to profit by what you say if you do not talk in terms which they understand. What you convey to them through thought-feeling should not go over their heads. They are bound to miss it unless you adapt it to their capacity and experience. However, it is equally important to remember that while doing this, you should not actually lose your own high level of understanding. You will change your approach and technique as they gradually arrive at deeper and deeper understanding, and your apparent descent to the lower level will be only temporary.

        (ii) Spiritual understanding ensures all-sided progress:
        You must not divide life into departments and then begin to deal with each department separately and exclusively. Departmental thinking is often an obstacle to integral vision. Thus, if you divide life into politics, education, morality, material advancement, science, art, religion, mysticism and culture, and then think exclusively of only one of these aspects, the solutions which you bring to life can neither be satisfactory nor final. But if you succeed in awakening spiritual inspiration and understanding, progress in all these departments of life is bound to follow automatically. As spiritual workers you will have to aim at providing a complete and real solution for all the individual and social problems of life.

        (iii) Spiritual progress consists in the spontaneous growth of understanding from within: