Masters Continue to Walk the Earth



I have heard many a person scoff at the notion that avatars (those who have achieved oneness with divine consciousness) have been present throughout every age. They ask, “If such exalted beings existed, why haven’t we heard of them?”

One reason is that skeptics are the least likely to read accounts of such lives, which can be found in a number of spiritual texts. Indeed, evidence suggests that these masters have walked the Earth and continue to do so to this day. Their lives serve as both proof and inspiration that all things are possible when you wholeheartedly give your life to God.

While these contemporary Christ-like figures can effortlessly perform miracles that defy the laws of physics, the general public will remain unaware of their existence. Uniting with divine consciousness necessitates the death of the ego; the notion that these selfless saints would flaunt their abilities is unthinkable. Holiness and humility walk hand in hand.

Eckhart Tolle made another important point on page 87 of his powerful book, The Power of Now:

Never personalize Christ. Don’t make Christ into a form identity. Avatars, divine mothers, enlightened masters, the very few that are real, are not special as persons. Without a false self to uphold, defend, and feed, they are more simple, more ordinary than the ordinary man or woman. Anyone with a strong ego would regard them as insignificant or, more likely, not see them at all.


Paramahansa Yogananda

And, as Paramahansa Yogananda writes on page 347 of his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi:

That there is no historical reference to Babaji need not surprise us. The great guru has never openly appeared in any century; the misinterpreting glare of publicity has no place in his millennial plans. Like the Creator, the sole but silent Power, Babaji works in a humble obscurity.

Great prophets like Christ and Krishna come to earth for a specific and spectacular purpose; they depart as soon as it is accomplished. Other avatars, like Babaji, undertake work which is concerned more with the slow evolutionary progress of man during the centuries than with any one outstanding event of history. Such masters always veil themselves from the gross public gaze, and have the power to become invisible at will. For these reasons, and because they generally instruct their disciples to maintain silence about them, a number of towering spiritual figures remain world-unknown.

We must view these God-realized souls not as great exceptions but as great examples of what is possible when human consciousness is expanded to receive the divine.

Our goal should not be to become more like Christ (through external action) but to be become more Christ-like (through internal enlightenment). As we become more Christ-like, we will naturally act in ways that are more like Christ.

Those who say, do not know. Those who know, do not say.
Lao Tzu

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4 Responses to “Masters Continue to Walk the Earth”

  1. Simon Says:

    Thanks for this interesting perspective, which was new to me. Paramahansa Yogananda has a wonderful loving face. I can feel healing energy just looking at his picture.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    I couldn’t agree more, Simon. I always appreciate your comments.

  3. Riley Says:

    Phil, I see that you’ve interviewed Victor Wooten. I just finished reading his book, “The Music Lesson,” I’ll assume you have as well. In his initial description of Michael I immediately drew a connection to Babaji, simply based on his description. The thought was stirred up again when in the book Michael mentions that he taught as a yogi in the Himalayas. I realize its a strange connection to make…thoughts anyone?

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Hi, Riley! Alas, I have not yet read Victor’s book. But you have me intrigued. Please let me know if you learn more!

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