V: What can we do to eliminate the condition of the world?
RM: If you remain free from pain, there will be no pain anywhere. The trouble now is due to the ego’s identification in seeing the world outside yourself and thinking there is pain in it. but both the world and the pain are within you. If you turn inwards there will be no pain.
V: God is perfect. Why did he create the world imperfect? A work partakes the nature of its author, but in this case it is not so.
RM: Are you something separate from God that you should ask this question? So long as you consider yourself the body, you see the world as something external to you. It is to you that the imperfection appears. God is perfection and his work is also perfection, but you see it as imperfect because of your identification with the ego / body.
V: Why did the Self manifest as the miserable world?
RM: In order that you might seek it. Your eyes cannot see themselves but if you hold a mirror in front of them they see themselves. The world (Creation) is the mirror. See yourself first and then see the whole world (creation manifested) as the Self.
V: Then what it amounts to is that I should always turn inwards?
V: Shouldn’t I see the world at all?
RM: You are not told to shut your eyes to the world, but only to see yourself first and then see the whole world as the Self. If you consider yourself as the body, the world appears to be something separate from you, when in fact it is not. That is the illusion. If you are the Self, the world appears as God made manifested.