Meher Baba explained that the five greatest thieves of the world are the five living Perfect Masters of their time. They often steal the hearts of people, and periodically they also steal me and bring me down amongst you. Again and again I must become what I am, and each time is due to the five Perfect Masters. Wherever I may incarnate, (Persia, India, Israel or Arabia) at whatever time, it will always be due to those five.

I never come of My own wish. It is always the five Perfect Masters who bring Me down (into human form) in each Avataric period. Those five hold the key to all of creation which contains an infinite number of universes.

Man can become God and men who become God can become Perfect Masters. It is because of the five Perfect Masters that I appear on earth as a man. They fetch Me down, and I experience Myself as everything and so I tell you that I am God. I am everything

The state of God-Realization, Infinite Knowledge, Power and Bliss cannot be described. It can only be known to those who achieve that supreme experience of the conscious state of God. God-Realization is beyond the domain of the mind. The five Perfect Masters are the five Persons of their age who not only become God but, after achieving God-Realization, also come down to the ordinary normal consciousness of man. Thus they possess simultaneously God-Consciousness plus mental, subtle and gross consciousness. The world is never without the five Persons who are God-Conscious, who are Perfect Masters.

In spite of appearing as five different Persons, they are and always remain one God, as each one has exactly the same supreme experience of God-Consciousness. Nevertheless, in external relations with the world, each shows a different personality, with his or her own characteristic traits, nature, habits and ways of dealing with people.

All the five Perfect Masters, Babajan, Narayan Maharaj, Tajuddin Baba, Sai Baba and Upasani Maharaj put together mean Me — The Avatar.

All five of these Perfect Masters have brought me down, and all that I have become is due to these five. I am made of all the attributes of all five of these Masters, and my Avataric state comprises the five states of these five Perfect Masters. Therefore, the qualities of all five are in me. — Meher Baba

Meher Baba seldom mentioned the current five Perfect Masters on Earth (in the 1960s, he noted three were Hindu and two were Muslim), and later made it clear to the mandali that the five living Perfect Masters would not be in the limelight for at least one hundred years after He, the Avatar, dropped His body. It may be wise to conclude, therefore, that if anyone claims to be a Perfect Master within this span of time (1969 through 2069) he should be looked upon with considerable suspicion. In 1954, Meher Baba stated that as many as seventy-seven false Avatars or Messiahs would arise during His advent, which may imply that many will arise after He dropped the body in 1969, which has been observed to be the tragic case in both the East and West.

This statement may also refer to Meher Baba’s five Masters, who perfected Him. For example, Sai Baba of Shirdi has become world famous and now has a temple erected in His name in Florida. Sai Baba has become the most widely known Perfect Master on Earth, having several books written about Him not only in India and Pakistan, but also in Europe and North and South America. An Urdu biography of Tajuddin Baba is published in Pakistan. The Sadgurus Upasni Maharaj and Narayan Maharaj are also known to various Vedantic sects in Europe and America.