WHO IS MEHER BABA?
Meher Baba is a contemporary personality who publically declared Himself as “Avatar of the Age” in 1954 at Hamirpur (U.P.). Thereafter, He elaborated and explained this claim again and again through circulars and message viz. The Highest of the High (1953 and Final declaration (1958) wherein He said “I was Rama, I was Krishna, I was this one, I was that one and now I am Meher Baba. In this form of flesh and blood I am the same “Ancient One” ignored, ever remembered and forgotten and whose past is worshipped and remembered, whose present is ignored and forgotten and whose future (Advent) is anticipated with great fervour and longing”. The word Avatar attached to His name is His true designation.
In order to know the significance of word Avatar, one should try to grasp the literal meaning of words God, Sadguru and Avatar defined by Meher baba in most simple words.
The word “God” stands for the short abbreviation of Generator, Observer and Destroyer (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh), the trio nature of formless God. This word refers to formless existence of God or Over-soul in unconscious state of infinite knowledge, power and bliss or (sat chit and anand).
Sadguru (Man-God or Perfect Master) is a man becoming God in human form having attained God-realization or consciousness of “Aham Brahmasmi”. He bears universal body and universal mind, thereby gets associated with each living and non-living bodies of the universe. He has conscious experiences of “I am everything.”
Avatar or God-man is the direct descent of formless God in human form which is brought out by five living Sadgurus once in every cycle of 700 to 1400 years. Avatar is the same soul who realized Himself first through process of evolution on His own. The same supreme soul of Avatar appears in different ages in different forms to redeem the mankind from the sufferings and takes upon Himself the burden of universal suffering. The time domain of Avatar is 700 to 1400 years till His next advent. The Avatar can impart God realization to any number of souls and can change the destiny.
Meher Baba said- “I am the same “Ancient One whose past is worshipped and remembered, whose present is ignored and forgotten and whose future (Advent) is anticipated with great fervour and longing”.
Meher Baba’s Spritual revelation in God Speaks and discourses are unparallel. Many lucky ones came into contact but not many. Mandali expressed their apprehension before Baba that the common man and religious group find it very difficult to accept You as Avatar in category of Rama and Krishna. If the word Avatar is removed, the whole world will fall in your line. Baba replied to mandali putting a very relevant question. Suppose I say, “You are dog, Will you accept it” Mandali said,” No”. Baba asked, “Why”. Mandali replied that we know the difference between our consciousness and consciousness of a dog. Baba said, “Likewise I know that I am Avatar in all respect and your conscious ness as man. It does not matter whether people come to me or not. I am what I am as Avatar. Avatar is correct title or designation. One must not forget to add word Avatar with His name Meher Baba.
Baba said that He has not come for the crowd but for those few ones who are lost in the crowd which referred to advance souls to whom Meher Baba personally contacted and gave them spiritual push.
Meher Baba said that either you take Me as ordinary person like yourself or highest of High (God personified) but definitely not in between as saint or sadhu. Though He is present at all level of comciousness to help God seekers but His status is not less than an Avatar. In His Message titled “Highest of High” Meher Baba has methodically explained and established as Himself as Highest of High
It is a rare feat to achieve God realization which is the ultimate goal of human life and it is only possible through grace of a Sadguru (Perfect Master) or Avatar. It requires life after life’s efforts. Meher Baba in His book “God speaks” revealed that out of 700 millions of world population, there are only 7000 advanced souls between 1st to 7th planes of consciousness including Perfect Masters. Avatar, after one cycle (11 ages of 65 to 125 years) brings this number to 7001.
In a reply to one questioner Baba replied I am the self who prompts to ask the very question “who I am”
Baba in His message titled “Highest of High” has brought out His introduction in very analytical manner which can one to ponder over His divinity only as Avatar. (This is a detailed message which can be read in full under heading “Messages” on website www.ambprasarkendra.com)
In Baba’s words
I was Rama, I was Krishna, I was this one, I was that one and now I am Meher Baba. In this form of flesh and blood I am the same “Ancient One” ignored, ever remembered and forgotten and whose past is worshiped and remembered, whose present is ignored and forgotten and whose future (Advent) is anticipated with great fervour and longing
I am the Resident and inner motivator of every heart. I am in ugly and beautiful, in old and young, rich and poor. To stick to Me is to keep Me pleased at the cost of your own comfort and pleasure. It means being resigned to My will whether your heart is good or bad, whether you make money or lose it, whether you gain name or become a laughing stock of others. If you cannot accept Baba as God it should not worry you. Accept Baba as true friend. I am God undoubtedly but it is difficult for the mind to accept the concept of God in human form. I am the only reality and all else is false. All your worldly companions will be for only few years, whereas, I will be your companion till the very end. I am your real companion who will never let you down even when you let Me down.