The Five Perfect Masters and The Avatar

About the periodic descent of the Supreme Divine Being - the Ancient one and the Highest of the High , - Meher Baba disclosed: " In each cycle of time, which ranges from 700 to 1400 years, there are eleven ages of 65 to 125 years each. From the beginning to the end of each cycle, there are altogether 55 Perfect Masters and that means each age has only five (5) Perfect Masters. In the last, the eleventh age of each cycle, the Avatar (Saheb-e-Zaman) is also present."

The five Perfect Masters through a mystic process of Veiling and Unveiling always materialize the descent of the Ancient One as the Avatar of the Age and the future cycle.

Hazrat Babajan of Poona, Narayan Maharaj of Kedgaon, Tajuddin Baba of Nagpur, Sai Baba of Shirdi and Upasani Maharaj of Sakori were the five Perfect Masters who had materialized the descent of the Ancient One as Avatar Meher Baba. Meher Baba's spiritual status as the Avatar or the Christ or the Buddha was proclaimed and hailed by these five Perfect Masters. About this Jean Adriel writes in her book - Avatar, The Life Story of Meher Baba: " At rare intervals - in times of acute world crisis - mankind passes through Avataric cycles. Such was the time of Jesus, of Buddha, and many believe that humanity has entered another.

In Avataric periods, the Supreme Master of the Council becomes known to the world as the Saviour or Avatarů except for this highest function, the ranks of Perfect Mastership are open to women as well as men. The Avatar incarnates always in a male body. He is the `Ancient One' who was the first human to become fully conscious of his Godhood.."
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