A VIEW ON LIFE AND SMOOTH SAILING WITH AVATAR MEHER BABA
Life has been a subject of much debate since time immemorial and will continue to be in future. Our Philosophers and intellectuals have been defining and explaining life but they have not been able to come to a universally acceptable conclusion. According to Hindu mythology, Life and world are illusion. The only truth being God and aim of life is God realisation.
- Life is like a bridge
Life is like a bridge with ends of birth and death. Life between these two ends, circumscribe happiness and miseries, goodness and wickedness and vice and virtues. The aim of life for most people is the achievement of happiness at first instance and the second of mental peace. When one does not have misery or worry. One can say he is happy. One also fee happy when one gets what he has desired for a long time. In this case also the joy or mental state of happiness soon wears off. In other words, happiness in general sense may be attributed to the state of mind as long as we have no miseries or worry which gradually comes down.
- The cause of one’s misery
The cause of one’s misery or worry is one’s desire and therefore, one should lessen his desires. Aim and ambitions are also long standing desires. Desires can be lessened by accepting the fact that one can only make effort but the result is not his hand. Therefore, here is no need to worry for on un-fulfillment of desires.
- The theory of “predeterminism
The theory of “predeterminism” envisages that whatever happens is predetermined. One does not know what one is going to get as one never knows one has no control over it. So, why to desire. A question can be asked why one “Why to believe in this theory” One may believe or not, at one point of time, one has to accept and resign in this theory. Once one believe in theory, one may also accept that whatever happens in his life either good or bad resulting in happiness or miseries are always for his upliftment of mental set up. Of course this attitude has to be inculcated in one’s mental makeup. To summarize, it can be said that to get happiness and mental peace, one should do his duties honestly and faithfully and in case something goes wrong one should not worry and adhere to the theory of ‘predeterminism”. Since one cannot help it hence why to worry about it.
Lines written below in Hindi also carry the same meaning.
Dukho Aur Musibato Se Ai Insan Ghabarana Kaisa.
Tumse Jayada Tumhe Pyar Karta Hai Tumhe Bananewala.
- Life for Baba disciples/ lovers
Above explanation may be meant for general masses, believer or non believer of God. In case one by its destiny or Will of God comes in contact of Sadguru ( Perfect Master) or Avatar (Saviour) then one’s case become different wherein his Master or Avatar ( takes the responsibility of His disciple’s good and bad action and guides His disciples all the time remaining behind back in his mind. The disciple may or may not be consciously aware of this fact but one is always in careful hands of his Master and receives His guidance internally. Such a disciple always takes for granted the orders or sayings of His Sadguru or Avatar.
For Baba lovers Meher Baba is Supreme. Reality of Life and approach toward it is explained Baba as under:
- Life is a mighty joke!
In Baba’s words
If understood, life is simply a jest,
If misunderstood, life becomes a pest.
Once overcome, life is ever at rest.
For pilgrims of the Path, life is test.
When relinquished through love, life is at its best.
He who knows this can hardly be understood by others. He who does not know it feels himself in a state of delusion. He ponders over this problem day and night, but finds himself incapable of knowing it.
- Life is like a movie
In Baba’s words
“In movie in which a villain annoys an innocent, decent man. He catches him, harasses him and wants to kill him. The spectators are fascinated by such drama and want to know if the poor man will manage to free himself from the clutches of the villain. If the victim overcomes his dilemma, the spectators feel happy; but if the villain gets the upper hand, they feel miserable. When the show is over, they realize it was merely a film – a picture on the screen – and the feelings that surged within them while watching it were without any basis. It was a mirage in which they were absorbed.”
“Your life is like that. It is a mere movie which has no substance to it for it is false – made-up. All that you see about you is absolutely nothing. Everything is false – an illusion, a play, a film, a mirage! Therefore, I repeatedly emphasize to one and all, do not be attracted by Maya; always pray sincerely to God and remember Him. Hold fast to my feet and I will lead you on the path to Realization.” (Lord Meher-p-808)
Baba remarked, "Life is a series of experiences which need innumerable forms. Death is an interval in that one long life." He then quipped, "And life, as I've said before, is wife, knife and strife!"
- Take God seriously and life lightly
In Baba’s words
“People take life seriously and God lightly, whereas we must take God seriously and life lightly. Then we know that we always were the same and will ever remain the same — the originator of this joke! This knowledge is not achieved by reasoning; it is born of experience."
Baba said that His wish (directives) governs the universe and His will is Law (destiny). Not a single leaf quivers without His nod. He does not fulfill desire but need. He develops an attitude in His lovers that one desires less and less-a real solution of desirelessness. It turns out to be a smooth sailing in life for Baba lover, or any God seeker who believes in above words of Baba,
(Compiled by B. Kumar and Dr. J. Kumar Rohini, Delhi)