52-OBEDIENCE IS DIFFICULT BUT ONE MUST TRY

ARTICLE-52

OBEDIENCE IS DIFFICULT BUT ONE MUST TRY

Thought of obedience to Master enters as love for Master has reached to its height. Baba has defined love for Master or God as devotion (Bhakti) without desire.

Following are the pearls in form of quotes given by Meher Baba which amplifies the subject of obedience, its importance and what should be our approach to achieve it.

“The beginning of real love is obedience, and the highest aspect of this love which surpasses that of love itself, is the aspect which culminates into the perfect obedience  or supreme resignation to the will and wish of the Beloved ( God).”

“Obedience to Master is greater than Love. Obedience seeks pleasure of the Beloved.”

“Obedience is greater than all spiritual experiences but for show of love is worse than no obedience.”

“Obedience is a gift from Master to man. Only intense love for Me can bring you to obey Me as I want.”

“Obedience is more important than devotion even if it is done unwillingly, because gradually, in the process, duality vanishes. When you do what the Master says responsibility falls on Him whom you obey, even when you obey unwillingly.” 

“Obedience must be unquestioning. Only then it is of highest order. But it is impossible.”

 “Even after coming in contact with a Perfect Master, it is very difficult to obey Him. Suppose you believe Me to be the Perfect One and while obeying Me, even if you have a passing thought doubting My perfection, it would not be perfect obedience.”

“There are a few among the purely intellectual who can establish a life of obedience to a Perfect Master, and fewer still who can maintain it.”

Better you do not ask Me and if you ask Me, do as I say. If you do not want to obey Me, Do not ask Me.”

“To receive My grace, you must obey Me, whole-heartedly with firm foundation of unshaken faith in Me.”

Baba endorsed the following lines of Hafiz Perfect Master               

“Be a befitting and fortunate slave. Carry out every command of Master without any question of why and what. About what you hear from the Master, never say it is wrong because the fault lies in your incapacity to understand. What My Master does is of the highest good to all concerned.”

“Carry out every word of the Master. Do not feel disgusted or depressed, with the result of outcome of any work, however negative it may appear, or feel upset about any taunt of the Master.”

Baba revealed four types of obedience

  1. Obedience of soldiers – From patriotic motives for one's country, if commander orders "Shoot!", the bullet is fired by the soldier without giving a second thought. Like the old saying, "Theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do or die."
  2. Obedience of a paid servant- The more and the quicker his pay, the greater is his "Yes sir," to his employer.
  3. Obedience of a slave in bondage- His is compulsory obedience. We have heard that in olden days when slaves were bought and sold, theirs was a miserable life. They did their work because they were lashed and because they had no other recourse but to obey under compulsion.
  4. Obedience of a lover- This is the real type of obedience. His is the willing obedience – no fees or consideration, no expectation of return or reward, but love alone.

Willing obedience is the real type of obedience inspired by wholehearted love. Even in this last type of obedience though, there are different stages:

In the first stage the lover uses his common sense and discrimination in obeying. In his discrimination, he has modified the original order in his own interest. This is one stage of willing obedience.

The second stage is characterized by literal obedience. It is like taking a bitter medicine – "Castor oil obedience." one does not use his common sense or discrimination. He obeys but without relishing it.

In the third stage the lover seeks the pleasure of the Master. In order to please Me, and feels quite happy and cheerful, and does it wholeheartedly. He is pleased in doing so and feels satisfied because he has thereby pleased Me. I call this type of obedience "Complete obedience for the pleasure of the Beloved."

Another type of obedience is the state of absolute obedience. It is different from the other types. None except the advanced souls on the path can give such obedience to the Master. Those on the fifth and sixth planes alone can give such obedience to the Master. It is like Kalyan disciple of Ramdas who did see night in day time when His Master asked him to bring lantern.

There is no scope of compromise in love and obedience.

“There can be no compromise in love. One cannot love the world, and also e God. Worldly man has to compromise, but in regard to obedience to Me, there can be no compromise according to the way of the world.

Obedience is very difficult.

Baba said My orders are not like orders of a commander like shoot at sight but at least one must try to obey. In Baba’s words:

It is important to obey Me cheerfully. If that is not possible, at least try to obey.

Everything is the play of the mind. If I wish, I could make the harmonium start playing itself. People would take Me for God and would be ready to surrender themselves to Me. But this would not be dedication to Me, but to the playing of the harmonium. If a dead child is made alive, people are ready to obey – but this obedience would be to resurrecting the child.

You all somehow feel that I am someone really great, but you have no conscious experience. There will not be greatness in your obedience after knowing Me. But it is really great to obey Me when not knowing My True Self. Mind will revolt against such obedience.

But obedience without consciously knowing Me will make you greater than Me. Whatever I say, I say in all sincerity. It is impossible to obey Me literally. Were I in your place, it would be difficult for Me to obey. So, what should I say about obeying Me without knowing My Real State?   

Obedience should not be mechanical

Baba’s words: 

It is the means we are given to express our love, the means by which you “Obedience is a gift from Master to man."  It is the means we are given to express our love, the means by which our love may be tested and strengthened.

Obedience to the Master's will should not be mechanical, because it will then be monotonous, dry and uninteresting. Not only should it not be mechanical, but no thought of self at all, even for a second, should be there.

If you are always conscious of keeping the Master's will, and the consciousness is not disturbed by the slightest thought, then it is not mechanical. But this is impossible without the grace of the Perfect Master. Even to understand that the Master's pleasure is your pleasure is impossible. But if you always have this steadfast thought that the Perfect Master's will is your pleasure, then it is not mechanical. (Lord Meher-3330-1953)

Obedience is difficult but not impossible which necessarily requires grace of the Master. Baba said you can not obey Me without My wish because the obedience is a gift from Master to His disciple. Baba demanded implicit obedience from His disciples. There have been real time incidents when close disciples left, half shaved or even half dressed to attend call from Baba and slight delay was marked as disobedience. In implicit and whole hearted obedience mind does not get time to react or express itself and this tend to result in forgetfulness, egoless-ness and further leads to surrenderance.

Meher Baba is not His physical body in our midst, but He is available on consciousness of all subtle and mental planes. One can experience His presence through his love and surrenderance. Easiest way is to follow His wish and revere Him by repeating “Parvardigar and Repentance prayer”.

Thought of obedience to Master comes into play after love for Master has developed and reached to its height. Baba has defined love for Master or God as devotion (Bhakti) without desire. Following are the pearls in form of quotes given by Meher Baba which amplifies the subject of obedience, its importance and what should be our approach to achieve it.

“The beginning of real love is obedience, and the highest aspect of this love which surpasses that of love itself, is the aspect which culminates into the perfect obedience  or supreme resignation to the will and wish of the Beloved ( God).”

“Obedience to Master is greater than Love. Obedience seeks pleasure of the Beloved.”

“Obedience is greater than all spiritual experiences but for show of love is worse than no obedience.”

“Obedience is a gift from Master to man. Only intense love for Me can bring you to obey Me as I want.”

“Obedience is more important than devotion even if it is done unwillingly, because gradually, in the process, duality vanishes. When you do what the Master says responsibility falls on Him whom you obey, even when you obey unwillingly.” 

“Obedience must be unquestioning. Only then it is of highest order. But it is impossible.”

 “Even after coming in contact with a Perfect Master, it is very difficult to obey Him. Suppose you believe Me to be the Perfect One and while obeying Me, even if you have a passing thought doubting My perfection, it would not be perfect obedience.”

“There are a few among the purely intellectual who can establish a life of obedience to a Perfect Master, and fewer still who can maintain it.”

“To receive My grace, you must obey Me, whole-heartedly with firm foundation of unshaken faith in Me.”

Baba liked and endorsed the following lines of Hafiz Perfect Master

“Be a befitting and fortunate slave. Carry out every command of Master without any question of why and what. About what you hear from the Master, never say it is wrong because the fault lies in your incapacity to understand. What My Master does is of the highest good to all concerned.”

“Carry out every word of the Master. Do not feel disgusted or depressed, with the result of outcome of any work, however negative it may appear, or feel upset about any taunt of the Master.”

Baba revealed three types of obedience

  1. Obedience of soldiers – From patriotic motives for one's country, if commander orders "Shoot!", the bullet is fired by the soldier without giving a second thought. Like the old saying, "Theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do or die."
  2. 2. Obedience of a paid servant- The more and the quicker his pay, the greater is his "Yes sir," to his employer.
  3. Obedience of a slave in bondage- His is compulsory obedience. We have heard that in olden days when slaves were bought and sold, theirs was a miserable life. They did their work because they were lashed and because they had no other recourse but to obey under compulsion.
  4. Obedience of a lover- This is the real type of obedience. His is the willing obedience – no fees or consideration, no expectation of return or reward, but love alone.

Willing obedience is the real type of obedience inspired by wholehearted love. Even in this last type of obedience though, there are different stages:

In the first stage the lover uses his common sense and discrimination in obeying. In his discrimination, he has modified the original order in his own interest. This is one stage of willing obedience.

The second stage is characterized by literal obedience. It is like taking a bitter medicine – "Castor oil obedience." one does not use his common sense or discrimination. He obeys but without relishing it.

In the third stage the lover seeks the pleasure of the Master. In order to please Me, and feels quite happy and cheerful, and does it wholeheartedly. He is pleased in doing so and feels satisfied because he has thereby pleased Me. I call this type of obedience "Complete obedience for the pleasure of the Beloved."

Another type of obedience is the state of absolute obedience. It is different from the other types. None except the advanced souls on the path can give such obedience to the Master. Those on the fifth and sixth planes alone can give such obedience to the Master. It is like Kalyan disciple of Ramdas who did see night in day time when His Master asked him to bring lantern.

 Meher Baba explained the above stages of obedience through an example of an order passed on Ram Chandra Gadekar.

According  to Meher Baba is no scope of compromise in love and obedience.

“There can be no compromise in love. One cannot love the world, and also e God. Worldly man has to compromise, but in regard to obedience to Me, there can be no compromise according to the way of the world.

Obedience is very difficult.  Baba said My orders are not like orders of a commander like shoot at sight but at least one must try to obey. In Baba’s words:

It is important to obey Me cheerfully. If that is not possible, at least try to obey.

Everything is the play of the mind. If I wish, I could make the harmonium start playing itself. People would take Me for God and would be ready to surrender themselves to Me. But this would not be dedication to Me, but to the playing of the harmonium. If a dead child is made alive, people are ready to obey – but this obedience would be to resurrecting the child.

You all somehow feel that I am someone really great, but you have no conscious experience. There will not be greatness in your obedience after knowing Me. But it is really great to obey Me when not knowing My True Self. Mind will revolt against such obedience.

But obedience without consciously knowing Me will make you greater than Me. Whatever I say, I say in all sincerity. It is impossible to obey Me literally. Were I in your place, it would be difficult for Me to obey. So, what should I say about obeying Me without knowing My Real State?   

Obedience should not be mechanical as said by Meher Baba in following words: 

It is the means we are given to express our love, the means by which you “Obedience is a gift from Master to man."  It is the means we are given to express our love, the means by which our love may be tested and strengthened.

Obedience to the Master's will should not be mechanical, because it will then be monotonous, dry and uninteresting. Not only should it not be mechanical, but no thought of self at all, even for a second, should be there.

If you are always conscious of keeping the Master's will, and the consciousness is not disturbed by the slightest thought, then it is not mechanical. But this is impossible without the grace of the Perfect Master. Even to understand that the Master's pleasure is your pleasure is impossible. But if you always have this steadfast thought that the Perfect Master's will is your pleasure, then it is not mechanical. (Lord Meher-3330-1953)

Obedience is difficult but not impossible which necessarily requires grace of the Master. Baba said you can not obey Me without My wish because the obedience is a gift from Master to His disciple. Baba demanded implicit obedience from His disciples. There have been real time incidents when close disciples left, half shaved or even half dressed to attend call from Baba and slight delay was marked as disobedience. In implicit and whole hearted obedience mind does not get time to react or express itself and this tend to result in forgetfulness, egoless-ness and further leads to surrenderance.

Meher Baba is not His physical body in our midst, but He is available on consciousness of all subtle and mental planes. One can experience His presence through his love and surrenderance. Easiest way is to follow His wish and revere Him by repeating “Parvardigar and Repentance prayer”.