42-LIFE IS LIKE MOVIE

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LIFE IS LIKE MOVIE

Life comes to an end after death of physical body. After death, soul remains in astral body for short period and enters into new life and rebirth in new life continued till attainment of God realisation.  The path of God realisation passes through our life in gross, subtle and mental world. Primarily, one in his life in the gross world must remain focused toward God even while engaged in any activity.

What is life?  Its kind and how to lead spiritual life is explained by Baba are as under:

Life is a mighty joke 

According to Meher Baba, "Life is a Mighty Joke. He who knows this can hardly be understood by others. He who does not know it finds himself in a state of delusion. He may ponder over this problem day and night, but will find himself incapable of knowing it. Why? People take life seriously, and God lightly; whereas we must take God seriously, and take 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. But it is the knowledge of experience.

Life is a game of hide and seek

The whole life is like playing a game of hide and seek in which you have to find your Real Self.

Life is a puzzle

Life is a puzzle and every puzzle has a solution

No one is zero defect, no one is all defect

All have pluses and minuses

Life at its best

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.

Purpose of life

The purpose of life is to recognize God within ourselves to realize our oneness with the infinite. This can be achieved through love for God. This can be done even whilst attending to our worldly duties. In every day walks of life and amidst intense activities one should feel detached and dedicate our doings to our beloved God.

Goal of life

Aim of life is to love God and goal of life is to become God”. There is no creature who is not destined for supreme goal, just as there is no river which is not winding its way to the sea”. When goal of life is achieved, one achieves the real and full meaning of all life. Past Present and Future (Gift of Love-pp-24)

Life is like a movie

A stone remains unmoved under any circumstances; you may kick it, spit on it or worship it, but all these things have no effect upon it. As long as you do not disregard your likes and dislikes, and as long as you do not become indifferent to being kicked, spat upon, slandered and ridiculed, you cannot hope for God-Realization. You have to burn up your ego. You have to become dust! Only the contact of a Sadguru can bring this about.

Consider a man who is well perfumed. If he comes and sits among a crowd of people, his presence makes the surroundings fragrant. Similarly, if someone passes gas, the place smells foul and people turn their noses. For that reason, you should keep the company of saints, whose godly atmosphere is beneficial to you. If you merge yourselves in the filth of the world, it will adversely affect your spiritual health.

For example, take a 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 –new vol. pp-808)

The shots  earthly life have all been taken on the cinematic film of mind, and it is time to study the original earthly life through the magnified  projections of the filmed records on the screen of subjectivized consciousness in life after death (Discourses)

Simple life

The real meaning of leading a simple life is to be totally desire less.

People always make a mistake when they talk of leading a simple life. To live such a life is infinitely difficult. Outwardly, a person may wear plain garments and have a simple diet, but this is not living a simple life! The spiritual life is lived when a person is free of all desires, thus becoming completely open and guileless.

What is the use of only outwardly living in such a way? The elaborate dress of desires and longings is there, side by side with a feasting ego! The real meaning of leading a simple life is to be totally desire-less, and to become desire-less is impossible without a feeling of love for God. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 4, p. 1470)

With me, no one can live what the world considers a moral life. Here we are concerned with spirituality, not morals. A spiritual life is not ruled nor bound by any principles. The sanskaras of each one is different, so the behaviour and temperament of everyone is different.

Spiritual life

In virtuous life, evil is suppressed and good surfaces; but the evil is still there. The bad Sanskaras remain and have to be worked out, if not in this life then next or the one after. In the spiritual life, both good and bad sanskaras express themselves, and both get nullified.

A spiritual life leads one toward naturalness, whereas a virtuous life inflates ego and perpetuates it! A spiritual life, is led under the guidance and order of the Avatar or Perfect Master, who knows the pulse of everyone and treats everyone according to his particular malady.

People of the world act according to moral standard and socially acceptable behaviour, but the Avatar or Perfect Master deals with everyone according to his or her sanskaras. Thus spiritual life is totally different and cannot be judged on the basis of morality, ethics, or any principle.      

How to live a life

This is explained by Hazrat Nizamuddin Awliya, Perfect Master of Delhi, through an example of few women passing with pitchers of water balanced on their heads: as they walked, they gossiped and gesticulated. Pointing to them Nizamuddin said,

"Look at those women — that's how you should live in the world."

Asked to explain this cryptic remark, the Master continued,

"These women returning from the well with pitchers balanced on their heads seem to be thinking of nothing else but exchanging tit-bits of gossip with each other; and yet they are all the time concentrating on something far more important, on balancing the pitchers on their heads.

“Thus, whatever your body, your senses or the purely surface part of your mind may be occupied with, see that the root of your mind is constantly focused on God."  (God Speaks pp- 208, 197.)