ARTICLE-53

BECOMING OF A SPIRITUAL ASPIRANT

Though the human soul, unconsciousness of his Godhood since beginning of his separation of universal soul (God unconscious of His infinite Knowledge, Power and Bliss) is seeking to know as who he is? Individual soul (Unconscious God) to know Himself identifies Himself as gas, stone, vegetation, fish, bird, reptile, animal and finally man. Before reaching the human stage of evolution, soul gets false experiences of all six stages through instinct as in these stages, mind is in latent form. In these evolution stages till human form, soul gains sanskaras of lust, greed, attachment, anger, ego, jealousy and hatred.

Gross and subtle body, mental body is always present in the soul from the very beginning of evolution even before stone stage in latent form. In the lower forms of evolution mental body manifests as instinct while in human form, the mental body gets fully developed with tuition and intellect, the faculty of discrimination between good and bad.

Only soul in human form, mind and heart is also fully developed mind being the seat of mental body instinct of animal life turns into tuition which further turns into intuition.

In initial stages of human incarnations, animal sanskaras are dominant. The sanskaras of animal stage which a soul carries in human form are called “Prarabdha Sanskaras”. Though mind (seat of tuition, intuition and intellect) and heart is developed in human form, but under the dominance of Prarabdha Sanskaras (animal), human soul as man or women spends his sanskaras of animal life through acts, some time heinous acts like murder.  His mind takes over his heart.

There tuitions come into picture. According to law of karma, bad actions bring bad results. Viz: punishment and suffering proportion to gravity of his misdeeds. This unwanted result   makes human soul to thinks a reason for it. Tuition teaches him think of unwanted results of his act as how to get away from it. Now the tuition turns into intuition which makes human soul begin to realise that bad results of his action and there appears to be some kind of super natural power which precipitated the results of his bad actions. This intuition first comes from his mind. It turns into Intellect which guides him to discriminate between good and bad. Now his intellect makes him to find a remedy and human soul gets inclined to reform himself not to involve in bad acts but rather good act.

Sanskaras plays very important role in reformation of human soul. Every thought, word and actions are spent with the force of his accumulated sanskaras of his past life at the same time new sanskaras are formed in this spending of sanskaras. Now the soul, through his intellect tries to improve his actions slightly better than the past. Though, degree of countering his bad sanskaras with good sanskaras is very minimal in every birth with his own efforts unless a master, Sadguru or Avatar comes for his help. After several births, the when sanskaras begin to thin by good acts by which intellect leads human soul gathers thirst for knowing inner realities of life. Intuition first comes from mind and later gets combined with his heart.

Later begins to think about very purpose of existence and the aim of life. His search starts from reading of scriptures, or hearing discourse or contacting a saint as destined for him.

With intuition coming from the heart, human soul starts believing in existence of God and his master saint, Sadguru or Avatar as guide. Intuition from heart leads one towards faith (belief) in God or Master.  At this stage human souls can be said of spiritual aspirant or seeker.

Tuition and Intuition defined by Meher Baba

                          
Intuition has been buried under the debris from the piecemeal tuition of the assailing experiences of the false. Tuition is impressed from without, while intuition dawns from within.

Tuition thwarts intuition. Therefore, the tutoring of the mind by external events has to be counteracted by inner awakening. Then and only then can intuition, in its transcendent
understanding, truly judge without yielding to the stupor of indiscriminate impressibility.
(Life at its best- pp- 37-38).

Faith is also of two kinds

  1. By Intellect (unstable)
  2. By heart (stable)

Meher Baba explained: Faith may get shaken but conviction does not get swayed under any circumstance. Conviction is unshakeable faith in the Master. Such conviction in one’s own Master is a definite path that shall lead one to illumination. Thus, the journey of the soul can also be said as growing from instinct to intellect and intuition to illumination.

Meher Baba discoursed: A seeker undergoes three stages on spiritual path – viz: the stone stage, worm stage and dog stage. In first stage akin to the stone, it is the Master Himself who pours unconditional love and by His grace, love is awakened in the aspirant. When the aspirant progresses to the next stage, one is like a worm wriggling between doubts and devotion, while in the last stage the aspirant is like the dog, always faithful to the Master under all circumstances.

In the context of intellect, aspirants may be grouped as under.

  1. Illiterate: It is easier for an illiterate aspirant to accept God or a Master by heart almost without much reasoning by intellect.
  2. Semi-literate: The aspirant accepts God or a Master by heart with moderate reasoning by intellect.
  3. Fully-literate or Intellectual: The aspirant accepts God or a Master by heart with sufficient reasoning by intellect. Some intellectual aspirants develop tendency of reading, writing and thereafter speaking still being aware that all these are meaningless compared to constant remembrance of the Master silently and wholeheartedly.

Sign of a spiritual aspirant 

When an aspirant begins introspection i.e. analyzing his thoughts, words and actions for its goodness, he is fraught with the obstacles of self-conceit, righteousness and pride unless he is under the guidance of a Guru or Master. As the aspirant gradually progresses on the path, he develops a feeling that he is far behind in his love towards his Guru or Master. The more he deepens his effort, the more he feels incapacitated in his effort. This tendency helps him intensify his love for his Master, sadguru or Avatar to the fullest and reduce his ego to zero, which is final stage i.e. Manonash; (annihilation of mind) and the aspirant gets instant God-realisation with the help of His master.

Value of faith for an aspirant

One of the most important qualifications for the aspirant is faith. Of faith there are three kinds:

  1. Faith in oneself,
  2. Faith in the Master, and
  3. Faith in life.

Faith is so indispensable to life that unless it is present in some degree, life itself is impossible. It is because of faith that is cooperative and social life becomes possible. It is faith in each other that facilitates a free give and take of love, a free sharing of work and its results. When life is burdened with unjustified fear of each other, it gets cramped and restricted.

It is not necessary to have full road map of spiritual path for an aspirant

In the spiritual life it is not necessary to have a complete map of the path in order to begin travelling. On the contrary, insistence upon having such complete knowledge may actually hinder rather than help the onward march. The deeper secrets of spiritual life are unraveled to those who take risks and who make bold experiments with it. They are not meant for the idler who seeks guarantees for every step. Those who speculate from the shore about the ocean shall know only its surface, but those who would know the depths of the ocean must be willing to plunge into it.

It can better be understood by a well-known story of an ass. An ass, who was plodding along a road for a long time and was very hungry, happened to see two heaps of grass—one at some distance on the right side of the road and the other at some distance on the left side of the road. Now the ass thought that it was of utmost importance to be absolutely certain which of the two heaps was clearly the better before he could intelligently decide to go to one heap rather than the other. If he decided without thorough thinking and without having sufficient grounds for his preference, that would be impulsive action and not intelligent action.

Therefore he first considered the distance at which the two heaps were respectively placed from the road he was treading. Unfortunately for him, after elaborate consideration, he concluded that the heaps were equally distant from the road. So he wondered if there were some other considerations that might enable him to make the "right" choice and speculated upon the respective sizes of the heaps. Even with this second attempt to be theoretically sure before acting, his efforts were not crowned with success because he concluded that both heaps were of equal size. Then, with the tenacity and patience of an ass, he considered other things, such as the quality of the grass. But as fate would have it, in all the points of comparison he could think of, the two heaps turned out to be equally desirable.

Ultimately it happened that since the ass could not discover any deciding factor that would make his preference appear theoretically sound, he did not go to either of the two heaps but went straight ahead — hungry and tired as before and not a whit better off for having come upon two heaps of grass. If the ass had gone to one heap, without insisting upon the theoretical certainty of having chosen wisely, he might perhaps have gone to the heap that was not as good as the other. And despite any mistakes in his intellectual judgment, he would have been infinitely better off from a practical point of view.

A spiritual aspirant needs to develop following qualities for speedy progress.  

  1. If possible, observe celibacy. If already married, keep as little sexual intercourse with your partner as possible. Consider, if you are a man, all other women as your sisters; if you are a woman, all other men as your brothers.
  2. Avoid all animal food, except milk and the products of milk. Don't partake of even eggs.
  3. Avoid all intoxicating drugs and drinks. Tea is not an intoxicant, provided it is weak. But be moderate in your habit of tea drinking.
  4. Curb yourself, and never give way to anger. Whenever you fly into a passion, you contact red sanskaras, which are the worst of all.

      N.B. Baba’s messages are written italics.

 

SIMILI FOR SADGURU JEEVAN MUKTA AND MAN

A Sadguru is like an ocean, a limitless stretch of water. Empty your mind of all Mayavic desires and the waters of the ocean will find a way in – the waters of Knowledge, Power and Bliss.

The jivanmuktas and majzoobs and other spiritual beings on the subtle and mental planes are the pipelines for the waters of Realization. They distribute the ocean’s waters to deserving candidates who are prepared and who are being prepared.

Continuing the simile of water, Baba stated:

In gaseous form, water evaporates and forms clouds. Now you cannot use this gas or vapor in clouds for railway engines or any other steam-driven conveyance. For that you have to pump water from the ocean, river or some subsidiary; then you fill the tanks of the engine and produce steam to work it.

These clouds of condensed vapor may be compared to majzoobs, the steam being formed and used for work in the world by Sadgurus. And you the bhaktas (lovers) are the water which must be heated, boiled and transformed into steam. In other words, the essence must be prepared to change its very form. On the other hand, ice and snow are like worldly people who have no inclination toward spirituality – they are so cold!

Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, pp. 815 – 816.

 

TRAIL OF A SEEKER BY SADGURU

Baba narrated this story:

A yogi once went before a Sadguru with a request to be shown something, such as God, the heavens or the planes. The Sadguru asked him to stay near him and take the name of Sitaram only for one hour. The yogi took this trial to be very trivial, thinking what possible great reward such a small trial would give. Although it is very difficult, practically impossible, to stay before a Sadguru even for a short time.

Reading his mind, the Sage said, "I have a still easier course, should you prefer. Go sit under a tree for twelve years observing strict fast and I will show you what you want."

This satisfied the yogi, who thought it would be a hard trial at least that would surely bring a good and substantial reward.

The story, in short, means that it is very hard to stay with a saint (who may be compared to fire!). Not only this, but in spite of a strong determination in the beginning to "stay" at all costs, one would feel (compelled) to go away at the first available opportunity, if the Sadguru turns the key internally, (despite) making an external show to keep one near.

 

STORY OF AN ASS

In the spiritual life it is not necessary to have a complete map of the path in order to begin travelling. On the contrary, insistence upon having such complete knowledge may actually hinder rather than help the onward march. The deeper secrets of spiritual life are unraveled to those who take risks and who make bold experiments with it. They are not meant for the idler who seeks guarantees for every step. Those who speculate from the shore about the ocean shall know only its surface, but those who would know the depths of the ocean must be willing to plunge into it.

It can better be understood by a well-known story of an ass. An ass, who was plodding along a road for a long time and was very hungry, happened to see two heaps of grass—one at some distance on the right side of the road and the other at some distance on the left side of the road. Now the ass thought that it was of utmost importance to be absolutely certain which of the two heaps was clearly the better before he could intelligently decide to go to one heap rather than the other. If he decided without thorough thinking and without having sufficient grounds for his preference, that would be impulsive action and not intelligent action.

Therefore he first considered the distance at which the two heaps were respectively placed from the road he was treading. Unfortunately for him, after elaborate consideration, he concluded that the heaps were equally distant from the road. So he wondered if there were some other considerations that might enable him to make the "right" choice and speculated upon the respective sizes of the heaps. Even with this second attempt to be theoretically sure before acting, his efforts were not crowned with success because he concluded that both heaps were of equal size. Then, with the tenacity and patience of an ass, he considered other things, such as the quality of the grass. But as fate would have it, in all the points of comparison he could think of, the two heaps turned out to be equally desirable.

Ultimately it happened that since the ass could not discover any deciding factor that would make his preference appear theoretically sound, he did not go to either of the two heaps but went straight ahead — hungry and tired as before and not a whit better off for having come upon two heaps of grass. If the ass had gone to one heap, without insisting upon the theoretical certainty of having chosen wisely, he might perhaps have gone to the heap that was not as good as the other. And despite any mistakes in his intellectual judgment, he would have been infinitely better off from a practical point of view.

 

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WHY POPULATION ON EARTH IS INCREASING

It is because souls from other planets are taking birth on earth to start their spiritual journey which is only possible on earth which is nearer to Om point has and very important  for liberation of soul.

Baba revealed:

Souls ars coming from other 18000 planets

Many souls from other planets also take birth on earth during an Avataric age. Although there are numberless planets with evolving forms, only 18,000 are populated by human beings. However, people dwelling on the other 18,000 planets have no opportunity to advance spiritually. Spiritually speaking, they are totally "dry" — without love. They are far advanced in science, so much so that people of some worlds can read the minds of others; but the heart does not flower where there is no Wine to water it, nor Song to feed it. These worlds are bereft of the physical presence of the Avatar or Perfect Masters, and are not inhabited by lovers of God or advanced souls. The Wine shop is only on earth, and those born here are truly fortunate.

When the Avatar descends on earth, people from other planets take birth here. Because they are highly advanced scientifically, science in this world reaches its zenith during the Avatar's advent. At the same time, there is a population explosion, which is being witnessed. Divine love is experienced only on earth, and for this reason, to escape the overhanging clouds of suffering; people take shelter in the lane of Love. (Lord Meher 3478-1654)

'There are 18,000 worlds in creation which are inhabited, some by human beings with 100% intelligence, others with lesser and varying degrees of it. But the value of our Earth, where mind and heart balance, is inestimable. For it is here and here alone that one can go through the process of involution and experience the Subtle and Mental spheres, here alone that God-realisation can be attained.

Thus it is that souls (jivatma’s) from other inhabited worlds finally take birth on this earth for their emancipation, more so during the Avataric advent when the highest spiritual benefit is gained, and most so when the Avataric manifestation is greatest. Hence the present influx of population on earth is but the natural outcome of the rush of migration from other worlds, and the ones migrating from the worlds of highest intelligence are responsible for carrying science to the peak it has reached today.

All this has been recurring since timeless ages in a never ending tide and ebb. Even this Earth expends itself in time, and another earth takes its place. Science will soon come to know a little of what I have said. (From notes dictated by Meher Baba, 1963, India (Lord Meher)

Science is practically heading toward its zenith today because of the very intelligent souls from other planets coming here. Our population is increasing by leaps and bounds for the same reason that souls are migrating from other worlds as they want a human body on the earth in this Avataric age. All this has been recurring since timeless ages in a never-ending tide and ebb. Even this earth expends itself in time and another such earth will take its place.

Scientists will soon discover a little of what I say. There are 18,000 worlds with life and three worlds are inhabited by human beings. In some, the people are extremely intelligent, in others less so, and in still others still less. None of them who live in these worlds have any experience of the subtle or the mental worlds. Human beings from those planets must be born on this earth to experience the subtle and mental worlds. (Lord Meher-p-4997-1963)

Importance of Earth planet

 Of the three worlds in the Gross sphere which are inhabited by human beings, ours, the earth, is the one where the man is highest spiritually. , Man on our earth possesses in his personality equal degree of head and heart (50% head and 50% heart) whereas, man in other two worlds possess 100% head and 75% head and 25% heart respectively. Man, in course of his reincarnation, is born in any of the three worlds but must finally take form and reincarnate on this earth to fulfil his Divine destiny, which is God Realisation.

In the gross sphere the earth is the last and nearest stepping stone to the path. The two other worlds are most close to the earth in the matter of inhabitation.

Altogether there are 18000 worlds with life but these two worlds and the earth are akin to one another in matter of human life. Our earth is nearest to the creation point (Om point). Our earth alone is directly connected with subtle and mental worlds. It is only on our earth that it is possible for human beings to possess intellect (head) and love (heart) in equal proportion.

India- the land of spirituality

From ancient times, India has been a land of spirituality. So being born in India is a matter of spiritual pride, in as much as a person is seemingly so near to spiritual goal. The best of people born in America, Europe, Africa and other countries, with their good karma from this life, are born in India in their next life; and the worst of those born in India with false pride, egotism and undesirable karmas are born in Europe and America, or in places which are spiritually backward.

 

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BREAKING OF SILENCE BY AVATAR MEHER BABA

Many Baba lovers may be under confusion that whether Baba has broken His silence or not? For any Baba lover it would be easy to answer that Baba has not broken His silence but it would amount to blasphemy on part of Baba for not having fulfilled His promise made by Him in His life after He started silence. But this aspect of Baba’s silence need to read in light of instances, logic and explanation given by Baba Himself, elaborated in ongoing paras:

Recently I was pained to read an article on breaking of silence of Meher Baba written by Sri Keshav Narain Nigam long back in year 1958 in June issue 2016 of Meher Pukar- (Hindi magazine) at page 21, without any explanation on breaking of silence in present scenario of 2016.

This confers an adverse impression on not outsiders only but Baba lover’s also particularly young generation who are have not read much about breaking silence by Baba. One of my relative came to me and referring to this article published confronted stating that Meher Baba did tell lie on breaking of silence even after declaring many times. He did not utter final word in His life-time from till His dropping body in 1969.

The articles of Keshav nigam or Justice P B Mukherjee was relevant in 1958 till 1969, since there was time was left for breaking of silence by Baba before dropping His body and no explanation was necessary to say or write that Baba has not broken His silence. Almost everyone expected that Baba will break His silence any time, any day, or any year having said to break His silence many times after 1925.

Short-coming to re-publish the said articles now in 2016 again without any explanation or clarification on breaking of silence of Baba is misleading for Baba lovers other readers to infer that Baba did not fulfill His promise. This impression may distract Baba lovers from his belief in Baba or outsiders to decline or accept Him as Avatar. Outsider find a point to criticise Baba like Rajneesh (Osho Sect) who wrote that Baba had lost the capacity to speak and all the text of ‘God Speaks’ was written by His Secretary. Explanation should have been given by the editor if Baba has broken silence or the reason for having not broken the silence.

There are explanations

Not Breaking Silence

Baba silence was divine silence and not of common man which can be understood or comphrended by common man or any Baba lover. Divine purpose behind His silence had far-reaching effect on universal working /affairs of the world and unique method of awakening human souls.

Baba spoke three languages.

In ordinary language, for the masses who follow the shariat (custom) and ritual of their religion, so that they can understand.

In language both ordinary and mystical, for the few advanced souls.

In language wholly mystical, for the circle.

(17 May 1943, Meherabad, Lord Meher Vol.8 pp-2887)

On Breaking Silence

If one with his gross conscious accepts that Baba did not break His silence; he may be correct in his own way but he would incorrect to assert it, had it been spoken by Meher Baba at higher level of consciousness where one don’t stand hence can’t understand the reason.

If go further and take opinion of Baba lovers on breaking of Baba’s silence we will get divided opinion. Even mandali could not get the definite answer from Baba in His life time and were not in a position to answer. They also expressed their inability to understand Baba’s words on breaking of His silence and manifestation.

In last phase of seclusion, 1968, Baba said He is working for awakening of human-kind and future generation. I am of opinion that Baba had broken His silence with dropping of His Body in 1969. Majority of Baba lovers were awakened after dropping of His body by Meher Baba breaking His silence and Baba’s continues it in silence to awaken the heart/mind of others. More are bound to be awakened by His breaking of silence in coming future. There is logic also which may appeal to some. Though many would had seen Meher Baba in Darshan programmes, Mast tour, New Life tour and Sahwas programs in India and abroad. There were very less number Baba Lovers (Indian & foreigners) who had seen Meher Baba in person or remained with Baba as Mandali/close disciples in life time of Meher Baba. They were around 5000. I have compiled the names of known Indian & foreign Baba Lover who had seen Baba in person (all taken for granted as Baba lover) for proposed compilation “fortunate souls”

Majority of Baba lovers now in Baba’s fold or new comers who had not had seen Meher Baba in person but have been awakened by Meher Baba in silence. Their number would exceed few lacs around the world. More so, people from other countries without any religious background, orthodox Mohammdan countries and non-believers or God are awakened by Baba’s silence are coming  to Baba accepting Him as Avatar.

There is another logic also. The letter of Mani S. Irani from her book “God Brother” tilled “Maun Nahi Khula” is also published in the same issue. From this letter it can also be derived that Baba did broke His silence without uttering any word orally at the time of dropping His Body in 1969.

Explanation

Mani, Sister of Meher Baba took promise from Baba that she wants to be with Him when He, will break His silence. It was after 5 years in 1930 (after start of silence in 1925). Baba promised Mani on serious note by putting His hand in her hand. If we accept that Baba did not lie His sister who was one from the mandali having a high Spiritual status; (Having Vindhyani Sanskaras according to Baba), we have to also accept that Baba broke His silence without uttering a word orally but entering in the mind /hearts of Baba lovers around the world.

Baba’s Himself has thrown light on breaking of His silence which makes it clear that His silence that breaking of silence is beyond our comprehension but it was  never vague or false. It’s time of fulfillment  may differ according to promises given on physical, subtle or mental level and one can reach up to physical level of understanding only.

Baba word’s on promise given by Him:

According to the moral code of the world, one's word or promise is considered by mankind to be sacred. But he who has gone beyond time, space, cause and effect is not limited by anything. For him, there is no such thing as bondage. The infinite cannot be bound by anything finite, however sublime the aim may be. This means that one cannot limit the limitless!

For this reason and without your asking, I give you promises and your aim will be fulfilled at the proper time. But I also know that a promise can be a time-serving device. It is not meant for fulfillment, but necessitated by circumstances. It is a demand of the situation and so I do not care for its resultant reaction.

Baba always kept His promise. Baba said, “I will never let you down. Baba said, don’t make promises; if you make promise try your best to make it.”  (Reference is pending)

Avatar (Meher Baba) always fulfills His promises

The promises given by the Masters are never vague or unfulfilled. They always come true and are fulfilled, but in their proper time. The question of time depends on the conditions or circumstances in which they are given. When Masters give their promises, they are given from the mental, or subtle, or physical plane, and thus differ in the time of their fulfillment accordingly.

For example, if a train is rushing ahead at full speed and the brakes are applied, the train does not come all at once to an immediate halt due to the momentum. It stops gradually. The period for the fulfillment of My promises is just like this momentum. If I give a promise from the gross plane, it is fulfilled exactly at the time given and comes true. If a promise is given from the subtle plane, the momentum, or force of fulfillment, is halved; the promise takes a certain amount of time, for its fulfillment was given from a higher plane. If a promise is given from the mental plane, it takes even longer for fulfillment — like a train at full throttle takes longer to come to a dead stop when the brakes are applied.

This is why the promises given by Me at different times vary in the period and details of their fulfillment. Out of sheer ignorance and inability to understand the secret behind it, you misjudge My way of working. This is the reason why some people have doubts about My power and ability to fulfil the promises I have given. They blame, ridicule and slander Me in public, and in private. But I go on doing My work in My own way, refusing to explain or disclose the manner in which I do it. (Reference is pending)

Avatar is not bound for any promises

According to the moral code of the world, one's word or promise is considered by mankind to be sacred. But he who has gone beyond time, space, cause and effect is not limited by anything. For him, there is no such thing as bondage. The infinite cannot be bound by anything finite, however sublime the aim may be. This means that one cannot limit the limitless!

For this reason and without your asking, I give you promises and your aim will be fulfilled at the proper time. But I also know that a promise can be a time-serving device. It is not meant for fulfillment, but necessitated by circumstances. It is a demand of the situation and so I do not care for its resultant reaction. (Reference is pending)

According to me Baba had broken His silence while dropping His body based on logic and explanation was given above and quotes from Baba written in italic. I beg an excuse from those who differ from my point of view. I may add that if we accept that Baba did not break His silence: anticipate breaking of His breaking of silence in future which will not be oral (No possibility as Baba Has dropped His body). If any Baba lover is expecting that breaking of silence may come in future causing a drastic change in the world, even if it is considered to be correct, confusion will persist for all the time to come that Baba did not break silence in His life time in spite of promises made many times and postponed it from 1925 to 1969. This is very important aspect of Baba’s life and it is sufficient to even Baba lover to get confused and rejected by any outsider who happen to know about it.

Comments/opinion of Baba lovers are specifically invited on this article. It shall be received on contact page of website or Email but not on face book.

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FORESIGHTEDNESS IS DESIRABLE    

Foresightedness is to anticipate the future unfavorable events which may come to pass and make one ready to meet the situation. It is proper to guess any unwanted incident which may occur and keep oneself ready to counter exigencies.

Here is real-time episode which is not only a lesson of foresight for Rano but for us also.

In July 1942, Baba was in Lahore. The electricity in Baba’s bungalow suddenly went out one night, and Baba directed Rano to telephone the authorities concerned. Rano was, of course, a total stranger to Lahore and was wondering from where to phone and to whom. She moved about here and there in the dark, and at last went to a neighboring bungalow and knocked on the door. She asked the owner if he had a telephone she could use, and was shown in. Rano phoned the power company and then returned to Baba’s house. Seeing her, Baba frowned, “Why did you take so long?”

 “I did not know where a telephone was.”

“Why didn’t you acquaint yourself with such information beforehand?”

“How was I to know the current would be cut off?”

“It is a common enough occurrence here. If you don’t know that, what do you know? You should be more careful about such things. I often go out for mast work, and if you are not alert in my absence, what will become of the women? They lead a secluded life, and you should be mindful of outside things such as this.”

Rano had learned by now that the best thing to do at such times was to keep quiet, and by this incident Baba showed that he wished her to develop foresight.

(Lord Meher, 1 st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 8, pp. 2901-2902)

 ARTICLE-49

INTRICACIES OF SERVICE OF DIFFERENT TYPES

Service in ordinary sense means help of any kind to anyone. This help may be in form of cash or kind. Any good thought or action to bring happiness, or any kind of relief at  physical or mental relief to anyone shall also count for service. These can be categorized as under:

1- Self service

Anything, one does for himself can be said to self service. Daily work such as to attend call of nature, bathing, listening, talking, walking, eating, drinking and any usual or unusual routine as seeing doctor will fall in category of service to self. Any act which one does for himself to meet his necessities may be counted as one’s service to himself or self-service compared to self service in restaurant.

2- Selfish service or paid service

According to Meher Baba

People all over the world do some kind of service. Some persons serve their community and some their country. But in their service, the degree of egoistic self-respect and selfishness is immense. Some serve to bring their name into the newspapers, some with a view to be looked upon highly, some to gain prominence and applause, and some to appear good and decent in the eyes of others. Thus everyone serves with an ulterior motive of selfish ambition or superior pride, and this is not serving at all. What is done is all useless, worthless and totally meaningless.

3- Verbal or lip service

Any word which may console or bring smile to a suffering patient is more meaningful service than giving monetary help.

According to Meher Baba

The scope of service is not completely exhausted by great gestures like giving big donations to public institutions. They also serve who express their love in little things. A word that gives courage to a drooping heart, or a smile that brings hope and cheers in gloom, have as much claim to be regarded as service generous sacrifices and heroic self denials. A glance which wipes out bitterness from the heart and sets it throbbing with new love is also service, although there may be no thought of service in it. When taken by themselves, all these seem to be small, but life is made up of many such small things. And if these things are ignored, life will be not only unbeautiful but unspiritual.   

4- Service as disservice 

The spiritual preparation of the aspirant can never be termed complete unless he has learned the art of rendering service.

That which is looked upon as service by ordinary person might, under special circumstances, be considered as disservice by a Perfect master; He has unerring knowledge of the situation and a deeper grasp of its spiritual demand.

The tendency to beg for food as charity creates undesirable sanskaras, and feeding a person who comes to you with this tendency, you may help him to increase the burden of such sanskaras. If you render service in order to oblige a person and if you feel proud of doing it, you not only spiritually harm the recipient of your service but also yourself. If while serving, you take a delight in it and develop pride in doing a good thing, you are getting attached to your act and thereby binding yourself. Hence the way to remain free from karma is to remain completely detached in service.

5-intelligent service

It is very important that service, even when it is utterly selfless, be guided by spiritual understanding; for selfless service when unintelligently handled, often creates chaos and complications. For every problem it solves, it often creates ten other problems owing to the unforeseen and uncontrollable side results of such activity. Worldly people try to counteract evil through opposition, but in doing so they often unconsciously become authors of other evils.

Suppose a group of ants has climbed onto the body of an individual, and one of them bites him. He might instinctively want to punish the ant by killing it; but if he were to strike it with hands he might, in so doing, kill many other ants that were in no way involved in the biting. In trying to secure justice against one ant, he is thus inevitably drawn into an activity that means injustice to many others ants. The person, who is drawn into the vortex of public life through a generous impulse, without having mastered the art of pure service, finds himself in the similar situation. He may be selfless, but his actions create chaos instead of harmony because he has not learned how to create real and effective service without creating complications. If actions are to be a pure blessing for the universe, it must be born of consummate understanding of life. Those who come in contact with me should develop true understanding of life and cultivate that type of service which creates no complications

If the action is to be pure blessing for the universe, it must be born of consummate understanding of life. Selfless service must be based upon understanding if it is to be unmixed boon for all concerned.

The value of service depends upon the kind of good secured through it. The kind of well-being that is sought through service will depend upon the vision of the person, and one who has the clearest perception of the final good will be in a position to render the most important and valuable type of service.

So you feel the need to do something for the needy, for others. Help others; that is very good indeed. But unless you know how to do it, there is always a chance of getting into a mess.

6-Social service

People all over the world do some kind of service. Some persons serve their community and some their country. But in their service, the degree of egoistic self-respect and selfishness is immense. Some serve to bring their name into the newspapers, some with a view to be looked upon highly, some to gain prominence and applause, and some to appear good and decent in the eyes of others. Thus everyone serves with an ulterior motive of selfish ambition or superior pride, and this is not serving at all. What is done is all useless, worthless and totally meaningless.

The scope of service is not completely exhausted by great gestures like giving big donations to public institutions. They also serve who express their love in little things. A word that gives courage to a drooping heart, or a smile that brings hope and cheers in gloom, have as much claim to be regarded as service generous sacrifices and heroic self denials. A glance which wipes out bitterness from the heart and sets it throbbing with new love is also service, although there may be no thought of service in it. When taken by themselves, all these seem to be small, but life is made up of many such small things. And if these things are ignored, life will be not only unbeautiful but unspiritual.  

In a society which is dominated by merely material conceptions of life, service is interpreted in terms of supplying bread and clothes, or physical amenities of existence. In a society which values intellect, service is interpreted in terms of spreading learning in different forms. In a society which has developed a taste for beauty, service is interpreted in terms of organizing the production and distribution of work of art. In a society which is responsive to the ineffable values of heart, service is interpreted in terms of constructing those channels which will facilitate the culture and expression of heart. And in a society which is alive to the supreme importance of the spirit, service is interpreted in terms of imparting spiritual understanding. Of these different type of service, the service which is concerned with spiritual understanding is the highest, because spiritual understanding includes the right perspective to all human problems, and promotes a solution of them all. 

Be true karma yogis; serve, but serve with absolute selflessness. Keeping your "I-ness" at arm's length, serve in the name of Beloved God

7-Selfless Service

Selfless service is accomplished when there is no thought of reward or result and you are willing to sacrifice anything for the well being of others. Selfless service is a road that leads to God.

Selfless service may not only bring you to the foot of that mystical mountain whose summit is Self-realization, but it may enable you to climb far on the path.  Finally, it may bring you in contact with a Perfect Master and cause you to surrender to him. True Karma (Service) means the rendering of service to others without any thought of gain or reward, and also without the least intention of putting others under an obligation.

 8-Best Service

The best service is that which makes people start loving Me, because in loving Me, freedom comes -everlasting freedom! Service to humanity is an important instrument with which my love can be vastly spread." (Lord Meher-3442-1965)

9-Real Service

That is real service where there is no thought of self at all.

The activities you are engaged in of serving the nation and the people are good. But to acquire the full bliss through karma yoga, there is only one way and method. And that is, while rendering service, there should not be the least thought or feeling of “I serve. I do this work.” Real service requires selflessness and should be done selflessly. There should not be the least thought of “I-ness” or “I do this.” Because such egoistic thoughts create pride, which gives rise to extremely dense and deep sanskaras, and it is most difficult to eradicate these types of sanskaras.

He is not a Karma Yogi, who thinks now and then, 'I am doing this' and 'I am doing that,' though he may be serving others. The cursed egoism comes into play as soon as that 'I' takes hold of his mind.

10-Greatest Selfless service

Greatest s selfless service is to let other know about God while helping them.

We must do something, but something that would really make people happy – not the apparent passing happiness, but real lasting happiness. Life is one long, endless chain of existence and real happiness is only in loving God and being united with Him to gain everlasting happiness and peace. Therefore, the greatest service one can render to humanity is to make them feel this Reality.

There are many ways of helping people: by charity, giving food, clothes, alms, serving them personally, looking after them, working in hospitals, nursing them, etc. but all this is physical help. It does well to the doer, but at the same time places one under an obligation within the process of evolution.

Karma yoga of selfless service demands two things which are very difficult to do. Help others, serve others, but in a way in which you are, not even for a moment, conscious of having helped or served them. This is possible only if you forget yourself one hundred percent and become lost in the service. That is why Masters say the only way to help human beings is not just tending to their physical needs, but to give them spiritual upliftment, making them know that the purpose of life is knowing God in perfect honesty, not by hearsay or hearing.

11-Absolute selfless service

It is possible only by Perfect Master; but spiritually imperfect, through sincere karma yogis must do their level best to be selfless as they can. He who, driven by love, thinks as little as possible of his own self, and regards all as forms of the oneself and serves others, regardless of caste, creed and colour, is a karma yogi through he may not be aspiring for Self-realisation.

12-Service of a Master

Master dwells in universal consciousness and wills universal spiritual well being. To serve Master is therefore to participate in His cause, which is to serve all life. While sharing in the work of the Master, the disciple may be required to be in touch of the world; but, through moving in the world in accordance with the work which is in store for him, he is in inward contact with the Master as Infinite Being. Therefore, by sharing in the work of the Master the disciple comes closer to Him and becomes an integral part of His consciousness. Serving the Master is quickest means of realising Him. Baba said, “It is serving Me in others — not their ego.'

Service to the Master is an ordeal which tries the body, mind and spirit. The body suffers, the mind is tormented, but the spirit of the selfless servant of the Master experiences the bliss of true satisfaction.

Selfless service and love are twin divine qualities. Only the one who loves can serve. Serve your beloved God-Man and you are serving your own Self in every other self. This service which the Master exacts is for your own spiritual benefit. However, your service must be spontaneous, willing, wholehearted, unconditional and not expecting any reward.

11-Service of a Volunteer or worker

Baba gave following message for His workers

My Dear Workers

In spite of telling you very often that I will not give you any more messages or discourses, I find Myself doing just this thing which is what I do not want to do. This is because most of you do things which I do not like your doing.

I had to give you a message yesterday because you expected one; and the theme of the message was on your being My children, because despite much talk about a Baba-family, there is more a semblance than a reality of kinship among you who are the children of One Father.

True children of One Father do not greet one another with smiles and embraces and at the same time harbor grudges and ill-feeling, but they have an active concern in their hearts for the well-being of one another and make sacrifices for that well-being.

If you make me your real Father, all differences and contentions between you, and all personal problems in connection with your lives, will become dissolved in the Ocean of my love.

You are all keen on spreading My message of Love and Truth and many of you in the east and west have labored hard in this work; publishing magazines and other literature, organizing meetings, sacrificing your vacations in traveling, building halls and having statues made of Me. But I wonder how much of my Love and Truth has been in your work of spreading my message of Love and Truth!

Unless there is a brotherly feeling in your hearts, all the words that you speak or print in My name are hollow; all the miles that you travel in My cause are zero; all organizations for My work are but an appearance of activity; all buildings to contain Me are empty places and all statues that you make to embody Me are of someone else.

I have been patient and indulgent over the way you have been doing these things, because you have been very young children in my love, and children must have some sort of games to play. But now you are older and are beginning to realize that there is a greater work ahead of you than what you have been doing. And you have been searching your minds and hearts as to what this work might be.

It is not a different work to what you have been already doing. It is the same work done in a different way. And that way is the way of effacement, which means the more you work for Me the less important you feel in yourself. You must always remember that I alone do My work. Although only the one who has become One with God can serve and work for all, I allow you to work for Me so that you have the opportunity to use your talents and capacities selflessly and so draw closer to Me. You should never think that in your work for Me you are benefiting others, for by being instrumental in bringing others to Me you are benefiting yourself.

My work is your opportunity. But when you allow yourself to intervene between you and My work, you are allowing the work to take you away from Me. When you put My work before yourself, the work will go right, although not necessarily smoothly. And when the work does not go right, it means you have put yourself between it and its accomplishment.

The way of my work is the way of effacement, which is the way of strength, not of weakness; and through it you become mature in my Love. At this stage you cannot know what real Love is, but through working for me as you should work for me, you will arrive at that ripeness where, in a moment, I can give you That which you have been seeking for millions of years.

Interpretation:

One can be best judge for himself to what extent his service is selfless without outward expression. Something is better than nothing to begin with. One should listen the voice of heart and always try to render service to others. As said by Baba a single penny collected in Baba’s name, if misappropriated may cause million rebirth and if one finds that money is the hindrance for doing Baba’s work one must better stop the work.

Essence of service

"The essence of service to mankind is to give happiness to others at the cost of your own happiness. -Meher Baba

N.B. ( Text  written in italics are Baba's words)

ARTICLE-48

SIGNIFICANCE OF AND PURPOSE OF DHUNI LIT BY MEHER BABA

Story of the dhuni goes way back in time, back to the Sat Yuga, or Golden Age, thousands of years ago. In those days, when a man reached sixty years of age, he was considered to have completed his worldly duties. His children had been raised and they now had children of their own. His labour was not needed to support the family, and he was now free to dedicate the remainder of his life to finding God.

This was a sacred obligation, and the family did not object to his leaving them to find God; for finding God, ultimately, was the duty of everyone, and it is said that even if one member of a family realizes God, all members of the family for seven generations are benefited.

So, at the age of sixty, the head of the household left his home, renounced the world, and headed off, usually into the jungle or forests to search for God. But what did this seeker find? He found that with no house to shelter him, no blankets to wrap around him, it was cold at night. And the mosquitoes would bite him and distract him and make it difficult for him to concentrate on God. And there were wild animals in the jungles, especially at night, so his search was made very difficult for him because of all these worldly considerations. He had left the world to find God, but he found that it was hard to think of God because of the world.

So these seekers would light a fire at night. The flame kept them warm, and also kept the animals away, and the smoke would keep the mosquitoes away. And the ash from the fire they would rub over their bodies as protection from the elements, so the fire was truly a friend to them, a companion to them in their search for God. Over time, the fires that these seekers would build near their seats of meditation became associated with the search for God. If someone went hunting in the forest and saw the remains of such a fire, the person would think, "Oh, a holy man has been here," and the place would be respected because the search for God was respected. If one came across the remains of such a fire, it automatically signified that someone had sat there repeating the name of God, thinking about God, meditating on God, and so the fire, the place, was respected, in much the same way that if you were to come upon a church or a temple, you would be respectful; it was a place of worship.

Now, the word dhuni itself might have evolved in several different ways. It might be based on the root word dhun, which means repeating the name of God aloud. Or then again, possibly it is based on the root word dhyan, which means meditation. Dhyani means one who meditates, and dhuni might have evolved from it. At any rate, eventually the word dhuni came to be associated with these fires.

And, over time, as the tradition of all men once they were sixty renouncing the world and seeking God became less universally observed, the dhuni fire began to be associated specifically with the fires kept near the seats of holy ones, the saints and sadhus and Perfect Masters. (That is how it was –pp-337-339 1995© Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust)

Purpose of Dhuni lit by Baba at Meherabad

Meher Baba first came to Meherabad in 1922, there was no such fire (Dhuni). But a few years later, the monsoons had failed and the farmers were getting desperate. This area has always suffered from a shortage of water, and drought or a bad monsoon meant severe hardship, possibly even starvation for the villagers, who were mostly farmers.

There are two monsoon seasons in Meherabad. The first monsoon season, which is supposed to come in June, had been very poor. Now it was September and the second monsoon season was ending, and still there had been no life-giving showers. So the farmers were desperate. They knew that Meher Baba was living at Meherabad, and they considered Him a saintly personality, so they came to Him to seek His blessings for rain. They came in a large crowd to beg Baba for rain.

Baba received them very lovingly but encouraged them to leave for their homes immediately because their love and faith in Him might bring about a downpour that would drench them if they didn't hurry home.

Now, it was a bright and sunny day and there was no sign of rain whatsoever. The villagers did not know whether to take Baba seriously or not. They thought perhaps Baba was only trying to get rid of them by urging them to leave so quickly. But eventually, with much coaxing from the mandali, they were persuaded to leave.

On the night of 10 November, 1925, after a day of exhausting activity, Baba was in the midst of a discussion with the mandali near the Table Cabin when the villagers returned. Again they beseeched Him for rain, and after Upasni Maharaj's arti was sung, Baba ordered a pit to be dug and a dhuni (sacred fire) to be lit. The fire was started at eleven that night. Afterward, Baba informed the villagers, "God has heard your prayers. Now go straight home." Although there had been no clouds in the sky prior to the lighting of the dhuni, an hour later a heavy rain fell. The showers lasted for fifteen hours and the villagers' crops were saved. It rained so hard, in fact, that the villagers got thoroughly drenched on their way home. This was not only an act of Baba's greatness, but of His compassion also and the dhuni pit has remained as a sign or symbol of this

Dhuni song

The next day Baba asked each of the mandali to compose a poem about the dhuni. Rustom won first prize; Padri, second; Pandoba, one of the teachers at the school, third; and Kisan Master, also a schoolteacher, won fourth. Jalbhai too wrote a good poem and was complimented. It was entertaining to hear these rhymes, each man dramatically reading his poem as if he were a great poet. Each would explain his poem's meaning; however, except for Rustom's and Padri's compositions, none had any deep meaning!

In 1926, in commemoration of the first anniversary of the dhuni, the fire was lit at seven in the evening. The Gujarati arti composed by Baba was sung, and soon after, it rained heavily as it had done the previous year when the dhuni was first lit.

Dhuni song was composed by Avatar Meher Baba. It can be read under heading “Songs verses” in this website. Para wise English translation is also combined in this Dhuni song.

In 1941, When Baba returned to Meherabad, he instructed the mandali to again start lighting the dhuni every month from the 12th of December. The mandali thought this was perhaps for the purpose of bringing down rain since the dhuni had previously been lighted with that intent. But Baba explained, "This time the reason for igniting it is not for rain; it is for a certain definite purpose of my work." This was on the twelfth of December, 1941. Dhuni was lit at 7 pm and kept burning for 48 hours in memory of Sri Upasni Maharaj.

Meher Baba told to continue to light it on the twelfth of each month. It was His order, it is for pleasure to obey and light the dhuni each month on the twelfth. (That’s how it was-pp-337-339 1995 © Avatar Meher Baba Perpetual Public Charitable Trust)

Dhuni at Toka

On 18 th May, 1928 Meher Baba liked Toka so much that He had a plot of land purchased there and gave orders for temporary structures to be erected on it. In two weeks temporary structures were erected. On 30th May, the Table Cabin by the dhuni was transferred to Toka (in a cart pulled by four oxen) for Baba's stay and everything else was made ready for establishing their residency there. Toka, located between Ahmednagar and Aurangabad, is 45 miles from Ahmednagar. On 11 June, 1928, Baba ordered Kaikhushru Masa to dig a hole in the ground near the Table Cabin for a dhuni. The dhuni was lit on Tuesday, 12 June 1928 in the evening, and Baba's arti was sung.

Dhuni at Meherazad

In 1952, Baba lit a dhuni in a pit behind his cabin in Meherazad. This fire was kept burning until seven o'clock the following morning, when it was extinguished. The dhuni was lit at exactly seven o'clock every evening thereafter until the completion of the Manonash work.

On 12 th November 1955, Baba sat by the dhuni. The mandali and each of the congregation lined up and, in turn, were given a small piece of sandalwood by Eruch, which they threw into the fire after an embrace or pat from Baba. Baba had explained to them in the morning that the sandalwood should represent a particular desire they wished to consecrate and burn to ashes.

Episode related to Dhuni

In 1936, Since the age of five Mansari's had suffered from an incurable skin disease. The best doctors had been called, and she was sent to the finest hospitals in Bombay, but no medicine or treatment worked. in 1936, When she was eighteen, Kaikobad Dastur, a family friend, had visited Meherabad and taken her with him to meet Baba. Mansari had agreed, even though at the time she was skeptical of her family's faith in Baba. Meeting Baba, however, changed her heart, and she bowed to him weeping.  Kaikobad narrated her sufferings to Baba who remarked to her, "And only because of this you weep so much?"

Mansari replied, "I am not weeping because of my disease, but because of your love!"

Baba consoled her with these instructions, "Don't worry; you will be permanently cured. Take some ash from my dhuni, and every morning before tea, say my name and swallow a pinch of it."

Returning home to Navsari, Mansari followed Baba's exact instructions and in a month she was completely cured.

 

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HE HAS NO SHAME
Bhau Kalchuri

In a village once lived a father and son.  The son's mother died when she was delivering him, and the father brought the boy up.  The father and son loved each other very much, and the son was so devoted to the father that he would not leave him, even for a minute.

Now and again, the father would consider how the son never left him for any change whatsoever, even for recreation or sightseeing.  When the father would ask the son to go sightseeing, the son did not want to go.  One day, the father thought of a plan to give some change in scenery to the son.

He said to him, "Your maternal uncle is about 50 miles from here, and I would like to see him.  Will you come with me?"  The son said, "Of course, how can I leave you alone?  I will go with you."

"We have only one donkey.  How can we both go?"  “I am quite young, and I can walk the distance," the son said.  "There is nothing difficult for me.  I am strong."

The father was very happy, and he thought that in this way his son would get a change.  So early in the morning of the following day, they started on their journey.  After travelling awhile, they came
upon a village.  The villagers stared at the pair as they travelled down the street.

The people said, "Just see this man.  He is riding the donkey, and he has no shame in seeing that young boy walk beside him."  When the father heard this, he felt ashamed that he was riding the donkey while his son was walking.  So, the father said, "Son, now you ride the donkey.  I will walk for some time.”

Because the people were laughing at them, the son, feeling ashamed, also agreed.  The son and father switched places, and the son was riding the donkey.  They went a further distance and came upon another village.  There again, people started looking at them and speaking amongst themselves.

This time the villagers said, "What kind of young man is he that lets this older man walk while he rides the donkey like a prince?  He has no shame."  When the son heard this, he felt very ashamed.  So, the father decided that both of them should ride the donkey.  They went a further distance and came across another village.

There, too, people looked at them and said, "Just see their cruelty. Both of them ride the donkey, while the poor, dumb animal cannot say anything.  How cruel they are!"

When the father and son heard this, they felt bad because they were being so cruel to the donkey.  They decided then that both of them should walk and drag the donkey.  Now the sun was near setting, and they came across another village.  Once again, people looked at them and said, "What fools they are, that they are dragging a donkey while they themselves are walking.  They are so ignorant that they don't even know that a donkey is meant for riding.  They walk and drag the
donkey."

Now the father and son felt really confused.  They were feeling ashamed and cruel and foolish all at the same time.  As they passed through that village, the father and the son decided to sit under a
tree, feeling overwhelmed from everything that everyone had said to them.  Wherever they went, they were found in the wrong by others. And they did not know how to proceed on their journey.

Just as they were thinking such thoughts, a saintly person came by and he said to them, "Why are you sitting here?"  They said, "We are thinking what to do."  And the father told the saintly person what had taken place on the first day of their journey.  "If you have any remedy for this situation, please let us know. We will act accordingly.”

The saintly person replied, "The reason that all this is happening is because you want to please the people of the world.  But this is not possible because each person has their own ideas.  Even though you did what they wanted, you are now confused and ashamed.  They found you cruel and foolish.  This is your weakness, because really you are neither.  But if you continue to listen to the people as you travel from one village to the next, you will never be able to get to your
destination.  They you really would be foolish.  Do not listen anymore to their chatter, but listen to God within you. He will guide you properly.

And that is why it is most important for you, as Spiritual Trainees, to listen to how important for you, as Spiritual Trainees, to listen to how Beloved Baba is prompting you.  That is the voice you must follow, otherwise, you will not get to the destination.  But to hear the voice in your heart, you have to be very honest with yourselves.

Desires of every kind will always be in your mind, urging you to follow their lead.  So you have to develop the discretion to distinguish between what is the voice of the heart and what is the noise of the mind and its innumerable desires.  If you are not honest with yourselves, you will be led by false modesty, thinking that you are leading a spiritual life.  But what you will be leading is only an ideal life, and no real inner change will take place. (The spiritual training program: AMBPPCT: Second Ed.-pp 111-114)