51-NEW LIFE –A LIFE IN TOTAL SURRENDERANCE TO GOD

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NEW LIFE –A LIFE IN TOTAL SURRENDERANCE TO GOD

New Life

Meher Baba demonstrated living a life of a spiritual aspirant with all helplessness and hopelessness i.e. living on total surrenderance to God. This period was named as "New Life" which was lived by Meher Baba and His selected disciples with all humility and weakness in search of God from 1949 to 1952. He practically begged for alms with His disciples and lived in total surrenderance to God. Meher Baba set out to lead a life for perfect aspirant along with His closest 4 women and 17 men disciples.

He gave following the message on His New Life.

In My new life I lived the life of an ordinary humble human being. This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it.

 

My Old Life places Me on the altar of Godhood and Divine Perfection. My New Life makes Me take the stand of a humble servant of God and His people. In My New Life Perfect Divinity is replaced by Perfect Humility. In My New Life I am the seeker, the lover and the friend.

Both these aspects — Perfect Divinity and Perfect Humility-have been by God's Will and both are everlastingly linked with God's eternal Life. Anyone may believe Me to be whatever he likes, but none may ask for blessings, miracles, or any rewards of any kind. My New Life is eternal. Those other than My servants in My New Life, whoever and wherever they may be who desire to live that life, are free to do so in the spirit of it, independently.

Baba defined ‘New Life’ in following words

"Hopelessness means renunciation of all hopes.

"Aimlessness means renunciation of all aims.

"Helplessness means renunciation of all help.

"No master, no disciple, means renunciation of spirituality. And the New Life I have in mind eventually means absolute renunciation.

"Therefore, if anyone asks you what this New Life is, say, 'Absolute and perfect renunciation.'

"If they ask, 'Renunciation of what?”  Say, 'Of everything – aims, hopes, help and life itself.'

New life of Meher Baba and its meaning for Baba lovers.

Baba said:

The New life is based upon spiritual understanding is an affirmation of the Truth: It is not something which belongs to utopian concept but completely practical.

Although the New Life has emerged from Me, I am not at all bound by it. But this New life is endless and even after my physical death will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of the falsehood, hatred, anger, greed and lust and who to accomplish all this, do no lustful action, do not harm to anyone, do not back biting , do not seek material possessions or power, who accept no homage, neither cover honour nor shun disgrace and fear no-one and nothing: by those who rely wholly and solely on God, and who love God purely for the sake of loving; who believe in the lovers of God and in reality of manifestation and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward, who do not let the go the hands of Truth, and who without being upset by calamities, bravely and whole-heartedly face all hardships with 100% cheerfulness and give no importance to caste, creed and religious ceremonies. The New Life continues to lives by itself eternally if even there is no one to live it. (USMMB-pp-32)

 New life was a lesson in detachment from the world, because only with complete detachment can one truly live. (Lord Meher-Vol-10, pp-3666)

New life strict instructions to His disciples

Baba made the following four prerequisites are for begging in Benares.

1-Bare feet;

2-Kafni (long robe reaching to the ankles);

3-Brass bowl (the brass pot provided);

4-Cloth satchel with pockets to receive different kinds of breads, grains or anything that is dry and uncooked.

For personal shopping in the bazaar do not touch or talk to women. In begging, too, do not touch women; but you can ask and accept alms from them, as well as from men.

While begging, you have to say to women, "Ma, premse bhiksha dijiye" –

"Mother, give alms with love." And to men say, "Bhaiya or Bhai, bhiksha dijiye" – "Brother, give alms."

No sooner you get bhiksha, irrespective of quality and quantity – dry or cooked – walk away immediately and place the same before Me. If you are refused bhiksha at one particular door, go immediately to the next one, then again to the next one and so on.

Nilu, a Hindu, is to beg in Mohammedan localities, and Ghani, a Muslim, in Hindu localities. Accept whatever is given – cooked food in the brass pot, and uncooked and raw food in the cloth bag. In Benares, do not accept anything besides solid food, raw food and liquid food.

 Do not go intentionally to sweetmeat shops. Do not beg at any shops or catering houses. Rather, go to private dwellings and houses. Also, do not go to places where regular bhiksha is given, such as charitable institutions. Go to private houses. Do not go to the houses of acquaintances.

Two in a pair should go together and return immediately when both have received bhiksha. Return compliments or obeisance, action for action. Do not provoke or allow yourselves to be provoked. If Nilu (a Hindu) is insulted by a Muslim, he should not express anger, but go to another house. Do not express anger, even under the worst provocation.

 If no bhiksha is received by seven o'clock that evening, then you can come back. Leave for begging at ten o'clock daily on the dates given. If anyone puts a coin in your satchel along with grains or foodstuffs, and you have seen it, then request the giver to take the coin back. If the person refuses to take it back, then empty the bag, then and there, along with its contents. If you have no knowledge of the coin being there with or in the foodstuff, then it is no fault of yours.

 Do not smoke when you are out begging. Wear chaddi (underwear) under the kafni. Keep the brass vessel immaculately clean, as I, too, will eat the cooked food from it. Bhiksha is to be received at the door of a house or dwelling. After receiving bhiksha, salaam with folded hands and depart. All this is chiefly for the training in begging at Benares.

 Also, do not make a beginning of the begging life by begging from a *eunuch*– it will not be auspicious. Later on, after January 1st, it won't matter a bit.  In India, a born *eunuch* though in male human form, plays out the role of a female. Having feminine characteristics, a eunuch also dresses like a woman. There are different groups of eunuchs in India who live in certain colonies of cities or towns. For his own reasons, Meher Baba wanted the men, when begging, to avoid these colonies in Benares. A born eunuch symbolizes a life meant not to have sex and sexual contact. In various ancient cultures, eunuchs were traditionally chosen by the priests to be the custodians and guards of the temples of worship. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 10, pp. 3498 – 3499)

New life song in English

Song of the New Life was composed by Abdul Ghani as follows (the first couple was dictated by Baba is as under

Listen to the silent words of Meher Baba;

The life-story of all lovers (of God) is based on the practice of these words.

If you are serious about living this New Life,

Then wholeheartedly renounce this ephemeral existence.

We have taken to this life, in which we rely only on God;

In this, our will (to do or die) is strengthened by the oath taken.

 

We are merrily singing the song of hopelessness;

We are inviting all calamities and difficulties.

We neither wail over lost hopes, nor complain about (broken) promises;

We neither covet honour, nor shun disgrace;

Backbiting we know not, nor do we fear anyone

 

This is now the colour of our New Life.

 

Neither O, confusion in the mind now, nor any ties left;

Pride, anger, lust and greed we know not.

We have no religion, nor care for physical and mental fads.

The Shaikh and the Brahmin (typifying all castes and creeds) are now sailing in the same boat.

 

There is no small or great now for us all;

The questions of disciple, Master or Godhood no longer arise.

Brotherliness or fellow-feeling is the link that exists,

And this contributes to our present enjoyment or suffering.

 

This world or the next, hell or heaven, we no longer bother about;

Shaktis and siddhis [powers], occultism and miracles we no longer think of.

All these false impressions (thoughts) for us have been purged from the mind.

What has value and importance for us now is to live in the active present

.

Dear ones take seriously the words of Baba when he says:

"Although now I am on the same level with you all,

Yet all orders from me, good, bad, extraordinary,

You should all carry out immediately, leaving the result to God."

 

Even if the heavens fall,

Do not let go the hand of Truth.

Let despair and disappointment ravage and destroy the garden (of your life);

Beautify it once again by the seedlings of contentment and self-sufficiency.

 

Even if your heart is cut to bits, let there be a smile on your lips!

Here I divulge to you a point worth noting:

Hidden in your penniless hands is treasure untold;

Your beggarly life will be the envy of kings!

(Lord Meher-pp-2810)

 

 

 

 

 

New Life

Meher Baba demonstrated living a life of a spiritual aspirant with all helplessness and hopelessness i.e. living on total surrenderance to God. This period was named as "New Life" which was lived by Meher Baba and His selected disciples with all humility and weakness in search of God from 1949 to 1952. He practically begged for alms for His disciples and lived in total surrenderance to God. Meher Baba set out to lead a life for perfect aspirant along with His closest 4 women and 17 men disciples. He gave following the message on His New Life.

In My new life I lived the life of an ordinary humble human being. This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it.

 My Old Life places Me on the altar of Godhood and Divine Perfection. My New Life makes Me take the stand of a humble servant of God and His people. In My New Life Perfect Divinity is replaced by Perfect Humility. In My New Life I am the seeker, the lover and the friend.

Both these aspects — Perfect Divinity and Perfect Humility-have been by God's Will and both are everlastingly linked with God's eternal Life. Anyone may believe Me to be whatever he likes, but none may ask for blessings, miracles, or any rewards of any kind. My New Life is eternal. Those other than My servants in My New Life, whoever and wherever they may be who desire to live that life, are free to do so in the spirit of it, independently.

Baba defined ‘New Life’ in following words

"Hopelessness means renunciation of all hopes.

"Aimlessness means renunciation of all aims.

"Helplessness means renunciation of all help.

"No master, no disciple, means renunciation of spirituality. And the New Life I have in mind eventually means absolute renunciation.

"Therefore, if anyone asks you what this New Life is, say, 'Absolute and perfect renunciation.'

"If they ask, 'Renunciation of what?”  Say, 'Of everything – aims, hopes, help and life itself.'

 

New life of Meher Baba and its meaning for Baba lovers.

Baba said:

The New life is based upon spiritual understanding is a affirmation of the Truth: It is not something which belongs to utopian concept but completely practical.

Although the New Life has emerged from Me, I am not at all bound by it. But this New life is endless and even after my physical death will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of the falsehood, hatred, anger, greed and lust and who to accomplish all this, do no lustful action, do not harm to anyone, do not back biting , do not seek material possessions or power, who accept no homage, neither cover honour nor shun disgrace and fear no-one and nothing: by those who rely wholly and solely on God, and who love God purely for the sake of loving; who believe in the lovers of God and in reality of manifestation and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward, who do not let the go the hands of Truth, and who without being upset by calamities, bravely and whole-heartedly face all hardships with 100% cheerfulness and give no importance to caste, creed and religious ceremonies. The New Life continues to lives by itself if eternally if even there is no one to live it. (USMMB-pp-32)

New life was a lesson in detachment from the world, because only with complete detachment can one truly live. (Lord Meher-Vol-10, pp-3666)

New life strict instructions to His disciples

Baba made the following four prerequisites are for begging in Benares.

1-Bare feet;

2-Kafni (long robe reaching to the ankles);

3-Brass bowl (the brass pot provided);

4-Cloth satchel with pockets to receive different kinds of breads, grains or anything that is dry and uncooked.

 For personal shopping in the bazaar do not touch or talk to women. In begging, too, do not touch women; but you can ask and accept alms from them, as well as from men.

 While begging, you have to say to women, "Ma, premse bhiksha dijiye" –

"Mother, give alms with love." And to men say, "Bhaiya or Bhai, bhiksha dijiye" – "Brother, give alms."

 No sooner you get bhiksha, irrespective of quality and quantity – dry or cooked – walk away immediately and place the same before Me. If you are refused bhiksha at one particular door, go immediately to the next one, then again to the next one and so on.

 Nilu, a Hindu, is to beg in Mohammedan localities, and Ghani, a Muslim, in Hindu localities. Accept whatever is given – cooked food in the brass pot, and uncooked and raw food in the cloth bag. In Benares, do not accept anything besides solid food, raw food and liquid food.

 Do not go intentionally to sweetmeat shops. Do not beg at any shops or catering houses. Rather, go to private dwellings and houses. Also, do not go to places where regular bhiksha is given, such as charitable institutions. Go to private houses. Do not go to the houses of acquaintances.

Two in a pair should go together and return immediately when both have received bhiksha. Return compliments or obeisance, action for action. Do not provoke or allow yourselves to be provoked. If Nilu (a Hindu) is insulted by a Muslim, he should not express anger, but go to another house. Do not express anger, even under the worst provocation.

If no bhiksha is received by seven o'clock that evening, then you can come back. Leave for begging at ten o'clock daily on the dates given. If anyone puts a coin in your satchel along with grains or foodstuffs, and you have seen it, then request the giver to take the coin back. If the person refuses to take it back, then empty the bag, then and there, along with its contents. If you have no knowledge of the coin being there with or in the foodstuff, then it is no fault of yours.

 Do not smoke when you are out begging. Wear chaddi (underwear) under the kafni. Keep the brass vessel immaculately clean, as I, too, will eat the cooked food from it. Bhiksha is to be received at the door of a house or dwelling. After receiving bhiksha, salaam with folded hands and depart. All this is chiefly for the training in begging at Benares.

Also, do not make a beginning of the begging life by begging from a *eunuch*– it will not be auspicious. Later on, after January 1st, it won't matter a bit.  In India, a born *eunuch* though in male human form, plays out the role of a female. Having feminine characteristics, a eunuch also dresses like a woman. There are different groups of eunuchs in India who live in certain colonies of cities or towns. For his own reasons, Meher Baba wanted the men, when begging, to avoid these colonies in Benares. A born eunuch symbolizes a life meant not to have sex and sexual contact. In various ancient cultures, eunuchs were traditionally chosen by the priests to be the custodians and guards of the temples of worship. (Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 10, pp. 3498 – 3499)

New life song in English


o confusion in the mind now, nor any ties left;

Pride, anger, lust and greed we know not.

We have no religion, nor care for physical and mental fads.

The Shaikh and the Brahmin (typifying all castes and creeds) are now sailing in the same boat.

 

There is no small or great now for us all;

The questions of disciple, Master or Godhood no longer arise.

Brotherliness or fellow-feeling is the link that exists,

And this contributes to our present enjoyment of suffering.

This world or the next, hell or heaven, we no longer bother about;

Shaktis and siddhis [powers], occultism and miracles we no longer think of.

All these false impressions (thoughts) for us have been purged from the mind.

What has value and importance for us now is to live in the active present

Dear ones, take seriously the words of Baba when he says:

"Although now I am on the same level with you all,

Yet all orders from me, good, bad, extraordinary,

You should all carry out immediately, leaving the result to God."

 Even if the heavens fall,

Do not let go the hand of Truth.

Let despair and disappointment ravage and destroy the garden (of your life);

Beautify it once again by the seedlings of contentment and self-sufficiency.

 Even if your heart is cut to bits, let there be a smile on your lips!

Here I divulge to you a point worth noting:

Hidden in your penniless hands is treasure untold;

Your beggarly life will be the envy of kings!

(Lord Meher-pp-2810)