Walter Yeeling Evans-Wentz
Born : February 2, 1878
Died : July 17, 1965
Anthropologist and writer in Tibetan Buddhism
Sunday, 22nd July 1956 : Longchamps Restaurant, Manhattan House, New York City
1956 - Los Angeles :
Meher Baba had called his lovers to the smaller room to hear the message "God Knows Not, To God Knows Self." At the small private meeting that followed, Dr. W. Y. Evans-Wentz, 78 , a noted scholar and author, met Baba. Evans-Wentz had written a favorable review of God Speaks, and Baba asked him if he would write an introduction to the collection of messages from this tour titled Life at its Best. Dr. Evans-Wentz agreed.
Lord Meher - page 4059
In September 1956, Meher Baba's book God Speaks was released in America. It outlined the theme of creation and its purpose. As to what it meant to readers, the words of Dr. W.Y. Evans-Wentz stand out in his review of the book.
"No other Teacher in our own time or in any known past time has so minutely analyzed consciousness as Meher Baba has in God Speaks. Occidental psychology, especially under the illustrious leadership of Dr. [Carl] Jung, has made great advances in the study of the unconscious and of the dream-state, but because of its necessary adherence to conservative methods of scientific research it has not been able, as yet, to fathom the Deep of the Seer. So, for the science circumscribed psychologist, God Speaks should prove to be of paramount importance in inspiring further progress on the psychological pathway.
Correlatively, noteworthy in particular is Part VIII, on the Evolution of Consciousness, and Part IX, on the Ten States of God, to which is attached a diagram linking together "the most generally accepted Sufi, Vedantic and Christian mystical equivalents." As a whole, the book marks clear the at-one-ment of the essentials of the various historic religions in the light of the gnosis of the Sufis.
Meher Baba's enlightening treatise adds much to the sum total of learning and contributes incalculably to the enrichment of mankind for, as the sages of Asia teach, the most intrinsically valuable of all riches, and greater than all mundane wealth, is Right Knowledge.
Nowhere is Meher Baba's wisdom more succinctly set forth than in his Conclusion, on page 176: "To understand the infinite, eternal Reality is NOT the Goal of individualized beings in the Illusion of Creation, because the Reality can never be understood; it is to be realized by conscious experience."
W. Y. Evans-Wentz, editor of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, The Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation, Tibet's Great Yogi Milarepa, and Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines,' met Meherwan Rinpoche in 1956 in Los Angeles. He wrote, in an introduction to Life at its Best, a collection of the Master's teachings:
"This small but precious volume of American-born messages from Meher Baba, the illustrious Sadguru of India, should prove to be, not only to his own disciples, but to all Pilgrims who have entered upon the Path, a source of unending inspiration...
"In the firm conviction that the fifty-eight messages of Meher Baba that comprise this volume will be found to be, as has been said of the messages of Tibet's great yogi Milarepa, 'a feast of delight to them who uphold the Dynasty of Gurus by living according to their commandments,' I conclude this Forward with 'The Final Account,' on page 58:
"When the goal of life is attained, one achieves the reparation of all wrongs, the healing of all wounds, the righting of all failures, the sweetening of all sufferings, the relaxation of all strivings, the harmonizing of all strife, the unraveling of all enigmas, and the real and full meaning of all life -- past, present and future."
"Life at its Best" by Meher Baba - various publications
The Tibetan Book of the Dead