58-POLITICS IS FRAUD-QUITE ADVERSE TO SPIRITUALITY

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POLITICS IS FRAUD –QUITE ADVERSE TO SPIRITUALITY

1-What is politics?

Politics is diplomacy to prove oneself always right even for a wrong words or act. It always tends one to criticize opposition on any reasonable on unreasonable grounds and project oneself better than any other.  It is extremely difficult rather impossible for many to remain honest in political life. Rare can withstand this test. Honesty is first step towards spirituality.

In Baba’s words

"What is politics but fraud? Whatever your own, honest, candid opinion might be, you have to act according to the creed of the party, (at times) against the voice of your conscience, and thus be dependent upon others for your actions, which is quite opposed to the fundamental principles of Truth."

(1926 - Part of an explanation given to a small group of energetic and enthusiastic Swaraj (Indian independence) Party workers who arrived, including Shivram Paranjape, a celebrated journalist and freedom fighter.)

2-Meher Baba said on politics

“I have no connection with politics. All religions are equal to me, and all castes and creeds are dear to me. But, although I appreciate all "isms," religious and political parties for the many good things that they seek to achieve, I do not and cannot belong to any of these "isms," religious or political parties. For the Absolute Truth, while equally including them, transcends all of them, and leaves no room for separate divisions which are all equally false. The unity of all life is integral and indivisible. It remains unassailable and inviolable in spite of all conceivable ideological differences. (Lord Meher-p-3192-1952)

3-Fortunate Politicians who met Meher Baba

Many of political leaders and high ranking Govt. officials had opportunity to receive blessing of Meher Baba. To some Baba did not meet saying that their time has not come. Baba used term “Bechara” in Hindi meaning very pour soul from spiritual point of view. Few importance contacts of Meher Baba with political leaders are briefly described.

 (I)-Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was only God seeker who made experiment of truth in his personal & political life.  He met Meher Baba 2-3 times on ship travelling from Karachi and In England. There had been long correspondence between both through their secretaries. He was allowed to read few pages of “Secret book” by Baba. Influenced by Baba’s divine silence Gandhi started observing silence once a week on Monday. Gandhi willed to join Baba’s discipleship after gaining India’s independence but it was not in his destiny.

Gandhi was advised by Meher Baba not impose non-violence on general public as it is God ordained and not in human control. Mahatma Gandhi had his own ideas of what constituted “non-violence” and “non-violent resistance,” and he did not truly understand the gist of Baba’s message on the subject. Gandhi’s views were totally impractical for those on the path; his idea of non-violence could only be achieved in the God-realized state of a majzoob, whereby it is attained automatically. But Gandhi could not understand the significance of Baba’s words and later he was assassinated.

Baba mentioned about Gandhi

“Gandhi is the best man among the millions of non-realized souls in the world. In spite of so many people calling him a "mahatma," he unreservedly admits himself to be far from the Goal and according to his recent writings thinks of completely surrendering to someone who is One with the Truth. “Gandhi’s whole life of sacrifice and selfless service was his love for of God, whom he longed to see until the very end.” Baba called Gandhi “A Great Soul” This is only one man who led a life of 100% truthfulness and honesty and that was Mahatma Gandhi. I took promise from him when he met Me on steamer Rajputana (in Sept, 1931) that he would come to Me after India attains independence. He kept his promise and has come to Me.”

(ii) Dr. B. Ambedkar

Dr. B R Ambedkar was a great scholar, eminent jurist, a well known politician of Gandhi era and Architect of the Indian Constitution. On request of Gandhi, Meher Baba met Ambedkar on 6th September, 1932, in Bombay and Baba said to him in following words:

“I advise you, for reasons I am about to explain, to accept the joint electorate with a reservation of seats and other rights and details to be settled with Gandhi and other leaders.”

 Like Gandhi, Dr. Ambedkar also did not appreciate Baba’s advice of Joint electorate. He was very ambitious. He wanted to have his own political party and to have separate electorate for untouchables. In 1936, DR. Ambedkar founded the Independent Labor Party and later political party- All India Scheduled Castes Federation, although it performed poorly in the elections held in 1946. His reputation as a scholar led to his appointment as free India's first, Law Minister and chairman of the committee responsible to draft constitution.  In 1950, frustrated with untouchablity though much explained by Baba, Dr. Ambedkar converted himself to Buddhism. On October 14, 1956 DR. Ambedkar organized a public ceremony to convert around five lakh of his supporters into Buddhism

(iii) Sanjeeva Reddy

Sanjeeva Reddy, President of AICC, had Baba’s darshan at Guruprasad in 1960 in Pune and following message was given to him:

“It is better to deny God than to defy God.  To profess to be lover of God and then not to be honest to God, to work and to him is uncontrolled hypocrisy. Difficulties give us opportunity to prove our greatness by overcoming them. When the leader of the nation puts complete faith in God, God makes him the instrument to guide the nation rightly. We should think well of those who think ill of us.”    

He had Baba’s blessings and also the special message of love from the Ancient One in the shape of an embrace of the Beloved of all hearts.

Baba’s directive on politics.

Be above party politics and should bear malice and ill-will toward none.

“Any kind of meditation, yoga renunciation and austerities is not necessary for My lovers. Try to remember Me constantly. Come all unto Me. be resigned to my will and hold fast to My Daman