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89-DIVINE DRAMA

William Shakespeare has said that “The entire world is a stage and all the men and women are merely players”. Unconsciously he has rightly said the spiritual truth. Baba has said “The world is a drama. You weep, you laugh- to weep and laugh again. It is all a tamasha (a show). When the inner eye is opened, you will see this clearly” (Lord Meher Online Edition Page 4744).It can be explained as under.

Every man or woman is destined by God to play certain role on the world’s stage in His Divine drama. Before performing a lifelong act, God feeds the role to be played in the form of thoughts, speech and actions in one’s subconscious mind of which man or women are not aware. There is difference between the worldly drama and Divine drama. In the Divine drama God makes the man or woman numberless copies of Himself. In other words God Himself is born as man or woman on the earth for playing a particular role. Or one can say that God hypnotizes Himself with the identity of the role to be played. The fact is that he or she is not aware of his or her original self (i.e. Godhood) during the divine drama (between birth and death). This is unlike the worldly drama, where the actors are very much aware of their real self viz. student, employee or shopkeeper etc. and the role being played by them on the stage viz. Laila, Majnu, Ram, Ravan etc.

In the Divine drama, after the role of an actor is over (death of a person), he or she is again sent on earth with different role in the drama. This is just like worldly drama where an actor or actress is given another role in the same or the other drama.

Reference Book: Divine Drama by Bob Mossman: The Valiant Life of Charles B.Purdom

Contributed by Dr. J Kumar Delhi

CATEGORIES OF GOD SEEKERS

Journey from God (unconscious) to God (conscious) is a journey without journeying or a journey in ignorance to get out of ignorance or awaken as God from sleep state of God.

First part of journey is evolution which is the manifestation God’s trio nature viz: infinite Knowledge, Power and Bliss. The moment a whim started in beyond state of God (unconscious God), it started manifesting and evolving as gas, stone, vegetable, fish, worm reptile and animal and finally man when evolution is complete.

Second part of spiritual journey is involution which starts from man to God and  human soul with its limited mind and intellect progressively transforms his limited consciousness to higher and higher state of consciousness life after life (incarnation) from 4 subtle planes and 2 mental planes. After arriving on 6th plane help of God realised Master (Sadguru) or Avatar becomes mandatory for God realisation. God realisation is the final destination where both journeys from God to man and man to God is complete. God’s dream comes to an end and the individual consciously experiences His trio attributes of Infinite Knowledge, Power and Bliss through His universal body and universal mind. He consciously experiences: “I am everything and everything in the universe has come out of Me.”

A man, in his first incarnation from animal to man is quite ignorant of the word God or its entity. This man (soul) is dominated by animal sanskaras of his previous animal forms. Though heart and intellect is also developed in human form but these are in dormant state. His heart is easily taken over by his mind which is dominated by animal sanskaras. Intellect almost has no effect in initial stages. Such souls carry heinous crimes and murders under impressions of dominating animal sanskaras.

In further incarnations, Human soul gets tutored by Law of Karma as bad results for his bad actions. Intellect makes human soul to think and realise the existence of some kind of super natural power which controls his actions since the result of his actions are not according to his wish. To find the answer of this question he thereby tried to know the purpose of life. Man approaches the seniors, saints to find and remedy of his miseries and later tends to believe in existence of God. He tries to seek help of God to get rid of his problems. Now he becomes the seeker of God once he develops a belief in existence of God.

Thus the Human soul progresses on his spiritual path through good thoughts, words and actions using best of his intellect (discrimination between good and bad) in incarnation after incarnation. Human Soul travels through various stages on gross, sublte and mental plane before God relisation. One may be fortunate to get the contact of Sadguru or Avatar at any stage of human life which much depends on his past sanskaras as destined for the individual man.

Now the seekers can be put in following categories with brief description.

  1. Atheist (unconscious seeker-non believer)
  2. Believer
  3. Illiterate-It is easier for an illiterate seeker to accept God or Master by heart almost without much use of intellect.
  4. Semi-illiterate-The seeker accepts God or Master with moderate reasoning.
  5. 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, then writing and thereafter lecturing still being aware that all these are meaningless compared to constant remembrance of the Master silently and wholeheartedly.
  6. Devotee- One develops faith in existence of God by self tutoring through Law of Karma. First it is through mind which is wavering but when it comes from heart it is lasting. One can develop faith through three sources which are: by hearing or reading discourses on God, (2) by seeing a master, Sadguru or Avatar, (3) by having experience on gross or subtle plane (in dream). There are nine kinds of devotion (bhakti) or to say nine kinds of devotees advocated by Narada in Hindu philosophy. So there are nine kind of devotee. Initially a devotee’s bhakti is associated with desire which is called Sakam Bhakti.
  7. Lover: When a devotee’s Bhakti becomes desireless it turns into love and can be said to lover of God. As lover he seeks the will of his master. Love is a gift from God to man. Love means a life of giving without expectation of receiving any reward.
  8. Obedient: As the love deepens, it is transformed into obedience. Obedient performs the will of Beloved. He follows His masters order without any question of why and what (without use of mind and intellect)
  9. Third plane: Merging into third plane is called annihilation of the Apparent. Here the seeker loses for all day consciousness of the body or the world and experiences infinite power. But since he has no consciousness of the world he has no occasion for expression of his power. This is the state of divine coma. The consciousness is now completely withdrawn from the entire world. If the seeker further advances he arrives at the fourth lane.
  10.  Forth Plane:  Merging into fourth plane is called annihilation leading toward freedom. The seeker experiences particular state of consciousness at this plane, since he now only feels infinite power but has plenty of occasions for the expression of power. He knows everything. He can for example know what anyone situated in any part of the globe is thinking or doing. Further he has not only occasion for use of his powers but had definite inclination to express it. He has infinite power even to create a new universe.If he falls prey to these temptations, he goes on expressing powers and gets caught up in the alluring possibilities of fourth plane. The fourth lane for this reason one of the most difficult and dangerous plane to cross. The seeker is never spiritually safe and has always the possibility of a reversion until he has successfully crossed the fourth planeMasts (mental Plane)
  11.  Fifth plane (Wali) - Mental plane superimposes over Gross and subtle plane both. The seeker is called wali. Merging into fifth plane is called the annihilation of desires. Here the incessant activity of lower intellect comes to a stand-still. He does not ‘think’ in the ordinary way. Yet, he is indirectly a source of many thoughts inspired in others. He sees but not with physical eyes. Mind speaks with mind and there is neither worry nor doubt. He is now spiritually safe and beyond the possibility of a downfall; and yet many a seekers on the exalted plane find it difficult to resist the delusion that they have attained Godhood. In his self-delusion he thinks and says, “I am God,” and believes himself to have arrived at the end of spiritual path. But if he moves on he perceives his mistake and advances to the sixth plane.
  12.  Sixth plane (Pir) - The seeker of this plane is called Pir. Merging into sixth plane is called the annihilation of self in the Beloved. Now the seeker sees God directly as an ordinary person sees the different thing in the world. This continued perception and enjoyment of God does not suffer a break even for an instant, yet he does not become one with God. He is still not united with God. He develops intense longing to get united with God and help of God realised Master (Sadguru or Avatar) becomes mandatory.
  13. Seventh plane (God-realised-Man-God-No more a seeker) – With the help of Sadguru or Avatar seeker of sixth plane ascends to the seventh plane. He experiences the last merging which is called the final annihilation of self into God. Through this merging the seeker loses his separate existence and becomes permanently united with God. He is now one with God and experiences Himself as being none other than God himself. This seventh plane is the terminus of spiritual path, the goal of all search and endeavour. It is conscious God-hood. It is the real awakening. Now the seeker has reached the other shore of the vast ocean of imagination and realises that this last truth is the only truth and all other stages on the path are entirely illusory. He has arrived the final destination.

    States of God-realised Souls:

    Following are the other states of God realised souls who are present in the universe but have different roles to play,.

    1. Majoob. No more seeker but possessor of infinite Knowledge, Power and Bliss and remain absorbed in infinite bliss. He does not play any role in function of universe.
    2. Paramhans- No more seeker but possessor of infinite Knowledge, Power and Bliss. He oscillates between the consciousness of God and man.
    3. Perfect Master (Sadguru) No more seeker but possessor of infinite Knowledge, Power and Bliss. He among the five Masters controls the affair of universe. One of five Masters is the chief called Murshid-e-Kamil. They workout the descent of God as Avatar at appropriate time and work for the universe under the leadership of the Avatar.
    4. Avatar (God-man): The personified advent of God in human form appears and takes upon the burden of universal suffering of mankind through His universal body and mind.

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WHY MEHER BABA

To answer this question why Meher Baba, one needs to know the real purpose of life. Do we want fulfillment of desires only in our life or does it have some higher purpose?

According to Meher Baba, “Aim of life is to love God and Goal of life is to become one with God. There is no creature which is not destined for supreme Goal, just as there is no river which is not winding its way to sea.” He also explained that every soul is consciously or unconsciously traversing the spiritual journey and heading towards God-realization. It may take million of births to achieve this Goal. Meher Baba said every soul is trying to find the answer of the original question, “Who am I” and ultimately gets the final answer as, “I am God” after getting numerous false answers of I am this and that.

Talking of His Avatarhood, He said, “I have simultaneous consciousness of God and man both and bear the conscious experience of “Aham Brahmasmi” or “I am God.” I possess universal body and mind and I am present at all levels of consciousness and therefore, in a position to help everyone at all levels of consciousness.

There are many saints, walis and pirs who are on the path of God-realization at lower planes but are not God-realized. If you approach them, they can help you in your spiritual journey to the extent of their level only. For example, a Ph.D. degree holder can teach the nursery students but a high school student cannot teach a Ph.D. student. Many false and hypocrite saints and gurus having no level in spirituality, but with bookish knowledge are able to impress common man by their speech. Such gurus are no good for the benefit of spiritual aspirants. Kabir, the Perfect Master, Kanfuka guru had ka, behad ka guru nahi, behad ka guru aur hai, soch samajh man mahi”. (This means, the gurus of lower status are limited who gives secret mantra in the ear of disciple. So think about, he is not real guru who is unlimited.)

Meher Baba says, “I am the Goal and give nothing less than God realization.” I am shah Saudagar (who has full control over the business). Do not ask Me for a pin, or material things for which you may approach saints who can fulfil your desires. I fulfil your needs but not wants. If you are thirsty in a desert, you need water not lemonade. So do not come to Me even with the desire of God-realization but just to love, obey and try to surrender Me as much you can. Rest I shall take care of you and your Goal. I will take you to the final destination blind-folded without any risk and pitfalls of spiritual path.”

Meher Baba declared that He is Avatar of the Cycle (period of 700 to 1400 years). For 100 years after dropping His body, Avatar remains active in full force as if He is alive. Thereafter His manifestation starts. Meher Baba also declared that 100 years after dropping His body, five Sadgurus (who are always present on the earth all the time and control universe) will not come into prominence. This means till year 2069, one should not expect to come across a living Sadguru as Avatar Meher Baba is still active and will remain till his next advent.

 

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RUNNING A BABA CENTRE

A Baba Centre established any where may be source of spreading Baba’s name; a place to held Baba’s Satsang and sharing Baba’s messages and discourses. Meher Baba was averse to any kind of Propaganda in His name. He said “Every heart is My centre.” Baba said that one should live such a life of love that other may get motivated to love Baba. In name of publicity, Baba made it clear that you can tell My name to others by any means but you are not to preach My philosophy. Do not insist others following a different faith to come to Baba. Follow your religion and creed in which you are born which suits you best.

Baba allowed first centre in Kovvur with statue to be installed. Sri Koduri Krishna Rao of Kovvur built Mehersthan (house of Meher) on the Western banks of the Godavri River in Kovvur, Andhra, where Baba had given darshan in 1954. Meher Baba while giving permission instructed Sri. Krishna Rao to build Mehersthan with his own funds without collecting any donations from others.  Meher Baba also permitted Bro. Krishna Rao to install full size bronze statue of Baba, for which Baba himself gave posture and measurements. The construction of Mehersthan was completed and inaugurated on 28-2-1963. On one occasion Baba stated that He was always present in Mehersthan.

Baba sent the following eight messages to Koduri to be displayed in Mehersthan:

* Tear away the curtain of set ceremonies and rituals and you will find that I am the Worshiped, the Worship and the Worshiper.

* To clothe simple worship with garments of ceremony and rituals is to expose me to the cold winds of ignorance.

* To love faithfully the God-Man is to worship God truly.

* To find me here in Mehersthan, search the depth of your heart.

* Mehersthan is built for me with love, but I may only be found here by my lover who brings me here in his heart.

* As the heart is, so is the house; as the eye is, so is the Image within the house.

* The heart of man has always been the ancient temple for the worship of the Ancient One.

* Nothing can house the Ancient One that does not house love.

(Lord Meher p-4912-1963)

Directives for running centres in Meherpuri (Distt. Hamirpur) and other centres

There should be strict rules framed and displayed to maintain discipline, cleanliness, and hygienic conditions in and around Meherastana.  Meherastana should have a watchman to look after the property, but no regular and paid pujari. Every lover of Baba is in himself is a true pujari.

Baba directed Baba lovers in Bombay conducting the affairs of their center through a letter from Eruch

Baba says that he always feels pleased and at home when he finds His lovers living and working for his cause in an atmosphere that is surcharged with the sweetness of humility, the fragrance of harmony and the sheer simplicity of love for one another.

Baba says that there are bound to be differences of opinion among his lovers regarding the conducting of the work to be done and the manner in which it is to be done, but such differences are, in a way, always healthy and invigorating as long as they do not carry with them the sting of arrogance and insolence.

Baba always expects his lovers to remain prepared to face and overcome all opposition calmly and humbly. And when the differences are thrashed out pleasantly, with an attitude of one who sincerely desires to learn and benefit from the other’s point of view, the results thus achieved are beneficial to both the parties concerned.

As soon as you succumb to the dictates of your ego and permit arrogance and insolence to put their heads up, then this attitude recoils on Baba himself, as you are his dear lover(s) and your Beloved Baba’s head remains bowed down with humiliation. Thus our attitude in his cause becomes the cause of his continual suffering, and the burden of this cross is continually borne by him for the love he bears for us. He will continue to suffer such sustained humiliation as long as his lovers, who have come in his close association, do not begin to share this most burdensome cross. His lovers can learn now to share this by putting up with any humiliation caused to them by the misunderstanding/arrogance of others in his cause. (ww.lordmeher.org, p-5049-11th Nov, 1963; Meherazad)

Baba’s Message on opening of centres in India

Baba said that I want to open 12 centres throught India before I speak. Of this 6 have already been established at Meherabad, Nasik, Toka, Madras, Byramangla and Mandala. For remaining 6 different places in India are still to be selected.  (Message given on 9-5-1940 Lord Meher page-2556)

 

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ANY ACT OF VIOLENCE OR NON-VIOLENCE MUCH DEPEND ON CIRCUMTANCES

Any act of violence is non-violence much depend on the circumstance. An act may appear violent outwardly but if it is done for the benefit of other without self-interest may not be termed as non-violence. 100% pure non-violence is only possible by the person who has realised himself.

Aspect of violence, killing of living bodies of lower forms like ants, Insects even microorganism is not desirable from spiritual point of view as they create bad and binding sanskaras. In Jain sect, one is required to protect himself killing of microorganisms even unconsciously while breathing and eating; for reason they put band of clothing over their mouth and nostrils. One does not know how many ants insects are killed while walking and moving around. Many microorganisms and bacteria’s are consumed by one in eating and drinking. If one sticks literally the principle of non-violence, it would not be easy for one to comfortably to eat, drink or even move around. One may not help other by any act which may appear as act of violence but considering the circumstance it may not fall in category of violence. One may become inactive to some extent. A doctor may not perform surgical treatment on patient.  One will not fight and die for his country being afraid of violent act in killing the aggressor. One swimmer may not come forward to save the drowning person being afraid of acting violent.

There is solution from Baba for everything. According to Baba, God listens the voice of heart. First feeling or thought which comes to one’s mind in any situation is the voice of heart. One must act according to voice of heart. After voice of heart one’s mind takes over immediately and mind acts analytically. Baba has defined the non-violence and non violence in very appealing manner. According to Meher Baba violence in many situations is non-violence in real sense. There are different grades of non-violence and violence as described By Meher Baba.

According to Baba:

Non-Violence is categorized as under.

  1. Non-Violence pure and simple- (based upon Divine love)-Here one sees his own self and is beyond both friendship and enmity, and never does a single thought of violence enter his mind under any circumstances. This is possible when the state of pure and Infinite Love is reached and the aspirant is one with God.
  2. Non -Violence of brave- (based on Unlimited Pure Love)-This applies to those who, although not one with all through actual realisation, consider no one as their enemy and try to win over even the aggressor through love and give up their love by being attacked, not through fear, but through love.
  3. Non –Violence of strong- Suppose a physically strong man is insulted and spat by and arrogant man who is nevertheless weak and suppose that strong man who has got the power to crush the arrogant man, not only desists from hurling the arrogant man but calmly explains him the gospel of love. This action implies Non-Violence, but it is non-violence of strong.
  4. Non -Violence of the coward- (based on unlimited weakness of character and mind)-those who do not resist aggression because of fear and for no other reason, belong to this class.

Violence is categorized as under.

  1. Non-Violent Violence (Based on unlimited love) - Violence done solely for defending the weak and where there is no question of self-defence or of self motive.
  2. Selfless Violence (Based on limited human love) - Violence done in self-defence when attacked treacherously and with no other selfish motive:-for example – when one’s mother’s honour is on the point of being violated by a lusty desperado and when one defends his mother; so also when the motherland’s honour is at stake and it is being attacked by enemies, the nation’s selfless effort at defending the motherland is selfless violence
  3. Selfish Violence (Based on and lust)- When violence is done for selfish motive by an individual or nation for power and selfish gains, etc

 

Violence without hatred

Suppose a mad dog has run amock and likely to bite school children and teachers in the school destroy the mad dog in order to protect the children. This destruction of mad-dog does imply violence but there is no hatred.

Neither Violence nor Non violence

Situation-1-Suppose a man, who does not know person who comes to his help and the clasping is often so awkward that how to swim, has fallen in a lake and is being drowned and that there is nearby another person, who is good at swimming and who wants to save him from being drowned. The man who is being drowned has a tendency to grasp desperately the person who comes to his help and the clasping is often that it may not only make it impossible for the drowning man to be saved, but may even bring about drowning of one, who has come to help him. One, who desires to save a drowning man, has, therefore, to render him unconscious by hitting him on the head, before he begins to help him. Striking on the head of the drowning man, under such circumstances, cannot be looked upon either as Violence or as Non-Violence.

 

Situation-2-Suppose a man is suffering from some contagious disease, which can be only cured through an operation. Now in order to cure this suffering man as well as to protect others from catching this infection, a surgeon may have to remove the infected part from his body by the using knife. This cutting of the body by a knife is also among the things which cannot be looked upon either as violence or non-violence.

It will therefore be seen that while the non-violence, pure and simple is the goal of life. This goal has to be achieved by individual seekers of God by following “Non-violence of the brave”. The masses who have not the requisite intense longing for being one with Him, have to be gradually led toward this goal on the principles of “Non-violent violence” or those of “Selfless violence” according to circumstances. In this connection, it must be clearly understood that ‘Non-Violent Violence’ and ‘Selfless Violence’ are merely means of attaining the goal of life, namely pure and simple “non violence” ‘or the “Love Infinite”. These means must not be confused or otherwise mixed up with the goal itself.

 

Lesson on violence and non-violence for spiritual aspirants

“If you are a perfect follower of non-violence, you give an oath that you will not hurt any creature. However, if you saw one dog killing three cats, what you would do – kill the dog? If you stood aside, you would allow killing of the three cats. If you keep silent, you are helping to kill three cats. If you kill the dog you are violent.

There is a tiger among the herd of cattle and you have a gun I your house that you do not touch, because of your oath of non-violence. You know you can kill the tiger and save the herd. What would you do? Kill the tiger, but (remain) detached-this is what Krishna teaches. Do not follow violence or non-violence, just be detached. You must kill for the good of the herd. In case of Arjuna, it was for the spiritual good of others, who were like tigers of lust and greed.

Is it right to go for war? Go for war if called and you cannot avoid it, but do not fight for the sake of killing. You just help and kill or be killed without fear and anger toward the killer. Few, very few can do so. Why do I want war? To make the things right for spiritual progress and advancement.”

Mahatma Gandhi was  advised not to impose Non-violence on general public because it was  impractical and ordained by God

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. While Baba was on His mast tour, He sent Chanji again to Delhi to see Gandhi. He did so on 2nd and 3rd April 1942. Chanji returned to Dehra Dun and several letters ensued between himself and Gandhi about this subject. Gandhi was surprised to read Baba's views, which justified the use of violence in certain situations, and called them "wholly inapplicable." Yet, Gandhi's views were impractical for those on the Path; his idea of non-violence can only be achieved in the God-realized state of a majzoob, whereby it is attained automatically!

 

Duty an spiritual aspirant has to put everything at stake for the sake

In Meher Baba’s words

“As a rule, spiritual aspirants are indifferent to purely material well-being. They are prone to be indifferent to war as well as war-effect on the grounds that most wars are actuated by purely material considerations, But it is a mistake to divorce spirituality from material considerations. Material considerations do have a spiritual aspect and importance. Even spiritual aspirants, who are wrapped up in the super-sensible realities of inner life, can ill afford to ignore war, particularly when they are directly involved in it. ``

 

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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)

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WHAT DOES MEHER BABA PROFESSES?

Meher Baba does not advocate any rites or rituals unless it is done with pure heart and all sincerity.  Baba said “I belong to no religion but all religions belong to me”.. Following a Master does not mean giving up your religion. You should renounce the mind! Anyone of any following should continue his/her faith in religion or guru. This makes no difference to Meher Baba as He is associated with each and every soul and all their devotion and love for their gurus indirectly reaches to Him only. To love Baba is to love all; to love all is not to love Baba. If you are serving Avatar or a living Sadguru, you are serving the whole mankind.

Love is one which Meher Baba professed in this Avatarhood. Meher Baba preached love for God, love for human beings and remembrance of His name as far as one can.

Meher Baba said: “God is to be loved not feared. To have one eye glued on the delightful pleasures of the flesh and also expect to see a spark of eternal bliss with the other is not only impossible but the height of hypocrisy”.

Meher Baba said “Try to love God by loving those whom you cannot love. Real happiness lies in making others happy. Try to remember Me constantly. Come all unto Me. Be resigned to my will and hold fast to My Daman

Baba defined 8 ways of loving God

  1. To love god in most practical way is to love our fellow beings, if we feel for others in the same way as we feel for our own dear ones, we love God.
  2. If, we instead of seeing fault in others, we look within ourselves, we are loving God.
  3. If, we instead f robbing others to help ourselves, we rob ourselves to help others, we are loving God.
  4. If, we suffer in the suffering of others and feel happy in the happiness of others, we are loving God.
  5. If, instead of worrying over our own misfortunes, we think of ourselves more fortunate than many, many others, we are loving God.
  6. If we endure our lot with patience and contentment, accepting it as His Will, we are loving God.
  7. If we understand and feel that the greatest act of devotion and worship to god is not to hurt or harm, ant of His being, we are loving God.
  8. To love God as He ought to be loved, we must live for God and die for God, knowing that the goal of life is to Love God, and find Him as our own Self. –Meher Baba

For spiritual aspirant Baba advised:

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.
Avoid all animal food, except milk and the products of milk. Don't partake of even eggs.

 Avoid all intoxicating drugs and drinks. Tea is not an intoxicant, provided it is weak. But be moderate in your habit of tea drinking.

Curb yourself, and never give way to anger. Whenever you fly into a passion, you contact red sanskaras, which are the worst of all.

Meher Baba consolidated almost all His directives in the repentance prayer given by Him as under:

We repent, O God most merciful, for all our sins; for every thought that was false or unjust or unclean; for every word spoken that ought not to have spoken; for every deed done that ought not to have been done.

We repent for every deed and word and thought inspired by selfishness, and for every deed and word and thought inspired by hatred.

We repent especially for every lustful thought and every lustful action; for every lie; for all hypocrisy; for every promise given but not fulfilled; and for all slander and backbiting.

Most especially also we repent for every action that brought ruin to others; for every word and deed that has given others pain; and for every wish that pain should befall others.

In your unbounded mercy, we ask you to forgive us, O God, for all these sins committed by us, and to forgive us for our constant failures to think and speak and act according to Your will.

According to Meher Baba, reading, writing and speaking are of very little importance from spiritual point of view. This can lead an intellectual to the threshold of spirituality. But to tread upon the spiritual path, remembrance, love, obedience and surrender to Avatar or living Sadguru is required which has real meaning. Meher Baba Himself composed song and sang “likhan padhan se na yar bazi, sanam ka hardam khayal hona”.

So one should Love Baba and remember Him all the way as one can.

 

 

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IT IS DESIRABLE TO READ GOD SPEAKS & DISCOURSES

To read God Speaks and discourses given by Meher Baba in English and now translated in Hindi and Telgu requires certain level of intellect or to say knowledge of particular language. Intellect is the natural instinct which gets fully developed in evolution of soul in human form. Intellect which has its seat in mind and essential instinct or instrument which helps a soul to transform oneself better and better, birth after births by discriminating between good and bad to tread on the path of spirituality.

Baba did not discard reading of Scriptures

Baba did not attach much importance to intellect but did not discard it also. Meher Baba explained Intellectual reading can bring one on the threshold of spirituality, but cannot help beyond that. To enter in the house of God one has to fall into the lap of Love, obedience and surrender.

Baba advised many to read “God Speaks” which reveals mysteries of the universe as how it came into being and what are experiences of the soul in traversing the journey from God to man (Evolution) and man to God (Involution) Baba Himself speaks on His book “God Speaks”

In Baba’s words

“Reading books one can get some intellectual understanding of the Truth but it is not real understanding. One can by reading books and having theories, gets some intellectual understanding of the Truth, but that is not real understanding. One must experience truth, live truth, realize truth. It is very easy to do this if one takes it to mind. But the people make it complicated that it seems a gigantic task.”

 “The book God Speaks is a very important textbook for all students who are keen to understand the fundamental purpose and mechanics of life and the universe. God Speaks reveals to us that all the experiences, even of spiritual aspirants of the path to God-realization (gotten in the natural course of involution of consciousness), are of the domain of illusion and are ephemeral and absolutely unimportant; how much more illusory and distracting can be the experience of a layman in a laboratory who experiments with drugs to induce experiences with the semblance of those of an aspirant on the spiritual path.”

“When you study the book God Speaks, you will understand how very impossible it is for an aspirant to realize God without the grace of the Perfect Master, and therefore, it is of paramount importance for a genuine spiritual aspirant to surrender himself to the Perfect Master, who has himself realized God.”

"Some of the discourses of other saints and Perfect Masters are likely to confuse you by their contrary statements. For example, it is said that Muhammad and Christ declared there is no reincarnation; and it is said that Krishna and Buddha declared there is reincarnation. Now, whom should you believe?”

"So, take my advice and accept God Speaks as the final authority. Nothing of its kind has been recorded before.”

There is spiritual force in words said by Baba.

One must read the scriptures given by Avatars, Perfect Masers Viz Zend-Avesta, Ramayana, Gita, Bible, Quran, and latest God Speaks by Meher Baba. Even one does not have knowledge of language to read these books even storing these books in house will certainly add to spiritual benefit since words of Avatar radiate itself spiritual energy. It is therefore common to find in Hindu families keep Ramayana & Gita in their houses though they may be read only occasionally.

In Baba’s Words

“There is a force, a spiritual force, in my words which is of great help to the sincere aspirant. So you should work with them and strongly encourage others to work with and read Baba's words." You must understand that whenever Baba gives out words for His lovers to use and read, He attaches a spiritual energy to them-something like an atomic spiritual bomb! Then, when one reads those words, even if he does not understand even one word of what he reads, a part of the spiritual energy will be absorbed by that person. And this energy will be very important for that person in his spiritual progress."

Different kind of Scriptures

Meher Baba categorized different kinds of writings also. Baba said that words which come from the source of Truth have the real meaning.  The words given by Perfect Master or Avatar are worth reading, to be accepted and followed.

In Baba’s words:   

“The scriptures are like rotten bones rotted and are as food for worms. Theosophy and philosophy are like good bones rotted and are as food for vultures. The writings of inspired poets are like fresh bones and are as food for dogs. The writings of spiritually advanced saints are like flesh and are food for tigers. The writings by living Perfect Masters are like brain and are food for men. Good bones when rotted have some semblance of bone, but rotten bones when rotted are like filth.”

Reading is too short of love

Reading has no comparison with love. It is far ahead of intellect. Once one gets intellectual belief, one must aspire love for God which is once again a gift from the Master. May it may be necessary that intellectuals to unlearn what they had learnt before coming to Baba?

In Baba’s words:

“Reading is not necessary for those who love... love take one beyond the intellect and beyond the mind. Books and discourses will not bring about one's spiritual regeneration. Mind cannot be annihilated by mind, for one cannot jump over oneself. Only by loving me as I ought to be loved can the mind be destroyed. Anyone may have love for Me, but not the love as I want.”

Reading has no comparison with love. It is far ahead of intellect. Once one get intellectual belief he must aspire love for God which once again a gift from the Master. May it be necessary that intellectual has to unlearn what he had learnt before coming to Baba. In Baba’s words:

“In spite of all explanations and reading of books, words remain mere words. They do not take one any further than intellectual satisfaction. Only love for God works the miracle, because love is beyond mind and reason. Where then is the necessity to read?”

Limitation of Intellect

Baba explained the limitation of intellect also. A person however intelligent cannot get Self-realisation without coming into contact of a Perfect Master. It is most fortunate for an intellectual to get contact of a Perfect Master or Avatar which can help one to achieve goal without any risk of getting trapped in allurement of the experiences of spiritual path. In Baba’s words:

Intellectual explanation can never be a substitute for spiritual experience.

“It is better to study it, than to be ignorant of it; better to feel it than to study it; better to experience it than to feel it; and best of all to become it.”

“It is good to use discretion in all things. Before coming to any decision, give more importance to the heart than head. In all the matters, the judgment of the heart should be given preference.”

“Intellect can be used as much as misused or abused. The deeper the intelligence, the greater the responsibility for discrimination between essential and nonessential services.”

“All the explanations and articles have no connection with Reality. It is all a play of words and has no lasting value. Reality is beyond mind, beyond intellect. The very fact when you say that you have intellectually understood Reality shows that you have misunderstood it! To have Real understanding, consciousness must remain, and intellect (mind) must go. It does not mean becoming mad like Punjia (an inmate in the Mad Ashram at Rahuri). What I mean is that intellect should be the means of wholeheartedly achieving ends that are accepted by the heart. And if you obey Me with all your heart, intellect will go and consciousness will remain.”

“A person may be very intelligent, but if he has not the fortune to have the company of a Sadguru, he will not get Self-Realization. On the other hand a person, though dull, who has that rare fortune to have the company of a Perfect Master can have Self-Realization. And I myself will bow down to such a person who is fortunate enough to be very intelligent and, at the same time, who has love for and the company of a Perfect Master.”

So, let one read books on Baba’s philosophy, discourses, messages, episodes, write-ups and articles of his choice with back in mind that this is also a sort of meditation initiated by Meher Baba to help one to progress on the path of spirituality as destined for him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE 73

SPECIALITY OF MASTER’S AND REPENTANCE PRAYER DICTATED BY MEHER BABA

The Master’s Prayer (Parvardigar Prarthana) was dictated by Meher Baba in 1953

Following specialty of this prayer can be noted which is incomparable to any other prayer.

1-The text of this prayer covers praise of all attributes of trio nature of God, with or without form. Nothing more is possible to write in praise of God’s attributes.

2-One who has realised God i.e. Avatar (Saviour), Sadguru (Perfect Master) or Jeevan Mukta (God realised souls) are only entitled for this prayer because they only posses these attributes. Other gurus and saints of lower planes (who have not attained God’s consciousness) are not worth of this praise. However, any one may chant this payer in name of his guru which would be certainly an exaggeration.

3-Special point to be appreciated that Meher Baba did not place His name anywhere in this prayer to facilitate all God lovers/seekers to pray for their deities may be any saint, Sadguru or Avatar Meher Baba. Normally others may have noticed that in prayer of other gurus or saints, their names are invariably repeated in their prayers and it is meant for them only.

Likewise, Repentance Prayer is also unique which was dictated by Meher Baba in 1952.

Repentance Prayer is meant to shed of sanskaras by grace of Meher Baba; seek forgiveness of all our misdeeds, His help to remain devoted Him. In this repentance prayer, Meher Baba, as seeker Himself has included all acts of misdeeds which can be thought of by any one. This prayer is complete in all respect for a seeker. This is because; it has come from the source of truth, Avatar Meher Baba. Here also the name of Meher Baba’s does not appear anywhere and anyone can repeat this prayer for God or his guru or saint.

Both prayers are produced below to be read in light of above.

UNIVERSAL PRAYER

You are indivisible; and none can see You, but with Eyes Divine.

You always were, You always are, and You always will be;

You are everywhere, You are everything; and You are also beyond everywhere and beyond everything.

You are in the firmament and in the depths; You are manifest and unmanifest, on all planes and beyond all planes.

You are in the three worlds, and also beyond the three worlds;

You are imperceptible and independent.

You are the Creator, the Lord of lords, the knower of all minds and hearts;

You are omnipotent and omnipresent.

You are Knowledge Infinite, Power Infinite, and Bliss Infinite.

You are the Ocean of Knowledge, all-knowing, infinitely knowing, the Knower of the past, the present, and the future, and You are Knowledge Itself.

You are all-merciful and eternally benevolent;

You are the Soul of souls, the One with infinite attributes.

You are the Trinity of Truth, knowledge, and Bliss,

You are the Source of Truth, the Ocean of Love; You are the Ancient One, the Highest of the High;

You are Prabhu and Parameshwar; You are the Beyond-God and the Beyond-Beyond God also;

You are Parabrahma, Allah, Elahi, Yezdan, Ahuramazda, and God the Beloved.

You are named Ezad - the only One worthy of worship.

REPENTANCE PRAYER

(This prayer was dictated by Meher Baba in 1952) We repent, O God most merciful, for all our sins; for every thought that was false or unjust or unclean; for every word spoken that ought not to have spoken; for every deed done that ought not to have been done.

We repent for every deed and word and thought inspired by selfishness, and for every deed and word and thought inspired by hatred.

We repent especially for every lustful thought and every lustful action; for every lie; for all hypocrisy; for every promise given but not fulfilled; and for all slander and backbiting.

Most especially also we repent for every action that brought ruin to others; for every word and deed that has given others pain; and for every wish that pain should befall others.

In your unbounded mercy, we ask you to forgive us, O God, for all these sins committed by us, and to forgive us for our constant failures to think and speak and act according to Your will.

PRAYER FOR BABA LOVERS

(This prayer was dictated by Meher Baba for His lovers in 1952)

Beloved God, help us all to love you more and more ,and more and more, and still yet more, till we become worthy of union with You; and help us all to hold fast Baba’s daaman till the very end.

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WHY AND HOW TO SPREAD BABA’S NAME?

Why

It is ground reality that we always find Baba lovers very short in number in any public functions or gathering as compared to followers of other so called saints and leaders of various religion and sects. Though they are neither God-realised nor they claim so, except a guru or teacher but have large followings, funds and have established number of institutions.

If you ask any outsider whether he knew or heard of Meher Baba’s name? Hardly, one in 1000 or one in 10000 would answer yes. Take Sai Baba, almost everyone knew whether he is devotee of Sai Baba or not. Even local or regional saints are known to many in addition to their large following. These lines may be disappointing but Baba lover need not feel discouraged rather we should accelerate our efforts to spread Meher Baba’s name.

Let us think what could be the reason. Following answers may be read as guess work of mine.

Answer-1- It is all going according to Meher Baba’s will which superimposes over all events in the world.

Answer-2- It is also acceptable that everything and any event in the world in one or other way is the manifestation of God- Avatar Meher Baba and so to say all other saints & leaders of all religions and sects, represent Meher Baba and they including their followers are indirectly following Meher Baba.

Answer-3- It is also consistent with Baba’s assertion that I have not come for the crowd; I have come for those few ones who are lost in the crowd exclusively meant for masts. Coming into direct contact of a Sadguru or Avatar requires lifetime past preparations, hence lucky ones could reach Meher Baba

Reason-a guess

All Baba lovers even mandali anticipated breaking of silence and manifestation of Meher Baba in His lifetime. There are different opinion of Baba lovers about breaking of silence and manifestation of Avatar Meher Baba. Someone would say Baba has broken His silence; manifestation has taken place as so many have come to Baba after dropping His body, or manifestation is yet to take place. No one knows in what language (out of three) Meher Baba spoke on breaking of His silence and manifestation. Any guess may fall short of reality.  Meher “Baba made it clear to the mandali, “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 to 2069); He should be looked upon with considerable suspicion.” 

Baba also said “All Masters are one in consciousness. One Master is not greater than another; the disciple must, however place his own Master above other Masters, until he transcends the domain of duality and realizes unity.” (Lord Meher) So we are to look towards Meher Baba only.

It is another guess which may be found logical. Almost all other sects and religious leaders give some kind of physical or mental training which brings some kind of relief at physical or mental level and common man gets attracted easily who are always in search of material benefit which may come from any source. Even many get addicted in process of meditation or yoga in delusion of progressing on spiritual path or to have attained some status or position to train even others. But Baba said it is far from reality. One does only get physical or mental relief from such practices temporarily but no spiritual benefit. One’s aim should be to go spiritual. Baba said in simple words, “Your goal is to become one with God since I am God (your Goal) so come to Me. Pray and remembers Me.” These simple words are even difficult to believed and grasped by even intellectuals. General approach towards easy, cheap or priceless things is always to undermine it. So is the case with Meher Baba in general approach.

Meher Baba was not against spreading (Prasar) of His name. He was averse to any propaganda (exaggeration), preaching His philosophy and insisting on anyone of other faith to come to Baba. He directed us to live the life of love and so other may follow you. He also said you can bring my name to others. It is My responsibility to reach their hearts from their ears.

In Baba’s words

Your work is to tell the people who Baba is and also clarify that Ram bhakti or bhakti to any deity is Baba’s bhakti. There should be no quarrel over Jai Ram or Jai baba. Explain that Baba is God –Fresh stock –in Human form and if they do not listen stop talking.

How

As Baba Lover especially as worker, one must try to spread Baba’s name among general public without any expectation of it result or effect on others. It does not necessarily need any stage or a platform. Here are few suggestions which I feel, are not in contradiction to Baba’s directives on spreading His name.

1-Tell your relatives, friends, and aquitances, the name of Avatar Meher Baba.

2-Conduct Baba functions on any occasion like birthdays and anniversaries of any member of family.

3-Conduct series of celebrations on anniversaries of Baba’s birthday, silence day, first visit and even foundation day or inauguration day of the centre.

4-Put Baba’s badge on person and carry few handbills or brochure and hand over to anyone who queries you seeing your Baba’s badge.

5-Distribute introductory pamphlets or hand bills through news paper hawkers in your residential area

6-Distribute introductory pamphlets or hand bills to co-travelers while travelling in contract carriage of marriage or picnic party.

7-Distribute of hand bills /brochures on Meher Baba to morning and evening walkers in parks.

8-Distribute Baba’s handbills in exhibitions. Almost 5 to 10 exhibitions are held in Delhi every day. This one of the easy platform for spreading Baba’s name without expenditure needs volunteers.

9-Get your visiting card printed one side with small saying of Baba or at least name of Avatar Meher Baba. Don’t leave word   Avatar Meher Baba.

10-Put sticker of Baba’s name in front or back or both side your car, motorcycle and bicycle.

11-Display Baba name and photo on invitation cards anniversary of birthday, marriage and condolence ceremonies.,

12-Stick wall posters at strategic locations in the city.

13-Announcement of meeting on loud speaker in local area before function/gathering.

14-Baba lovers having shop or commercial establishment can keep the handbills/brochures at the counter and pass on to customers /visitors

15-Arrange public function in your locality or any other common place preferably in an open area. A conference hall or auditorium is not necessary. These arrangements in indoor halls and serving food to Baba lovers or visitors restrict common man to even to take look on Baba’s photo compared to program conducted in open area or in a tent. Our focus should be to reach to masses who are not aware of name of Meher Baba.

16-Take out procession in local area before conducting program.

17-Donate important books in the libraries reading centres like “God Speaks”, “Discourses” or “Questions Answers” on Baba.

18-Place advertisement in local news papers.

19-Documentary relay on radio channels.

20-Documentary video on TV media which is most effective method of reaching common man.

All these approach may be made on individual basis or as part of Center’s activities, of course on the basis of availably of funds. One must keep in mind the Baba’s directives in this matter; “In case you find that money is the hindrance in carrying Baba’s work better drop My work. A single penny collected in My name, misappropriated may cause million of rebirths.”