A GOOD LAUGH FOR BABA

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AN OLD STORY BY HAZRAT INAYAT KHAN

 

Many, many years ego, Moses needed to talk with God, so he started up the trail that led to the summit of Mount Sinai. On his journey he came upon an old drunk sitting by the side of the trail. Now, this old drunk was “Three sheets to the wind: and he saw Moses walking and he cried out in loud voice “Hay Moses where ya going?” and Moses said, “To talk with the lord” and the drunk said “Hey, tell God “hey” for me” and Moses shook his head at the old drunk and said “I will brother, I will.” Well, a little farther up the path, Moses came upon a priest. The priest was sitting in all his fine regalia, very proper, very proud and a little condescending and he saw brother Moses coming up the path and he said to Moses, “Mosses where goeth thou?” and Moses said “ To talk with the lord” and he grand priest said “tell the Lord that I am keeping his covenant and I will await the great anticipation the reward of heaven” and Moses said “I will.”

Well, Moses gets to the top of Mount Sinai and toward the end of his visit he mentions coming across the drunk and the priest and the Lord say “I am aware of both” and Moses said “but father what is to become of them?” and God said “The drunk is headed for Hell and the priest for heaven” and Moses says “Yes Lord.”

Well coming down from Mount Sinai Moses walks by priest and the priest says “did you give God the message?” and Moses says “Yes” and then the grand priest says “It shall be.” Well, down the trail a bit he sees the drunk still three sheets to the wind  and the drunk sees Moses and he takes another drink and call out “Hey Moses did you tell God “hey’ for me?” and Moses says, “Oh yes brother and God says you are headed for Hell.” Well, the drunk heard none of this; he leapt up and did a little jig, laughed, had another swig of booze ad just kept dancing and laughing and crying out “The lords actually thought of me!” Well, Moses finally grabbed the drunk and said “But the Lord said you are bound for Hell” and the drunk said “Let’s have a drink, the Lord remembered me! Well, Moses went on.

Many months later the Lord called Moses to Sinai and on his walk to the summit Moses came by where the drunk had been and all he saw was a discarded liquor flask; the drunk was nowhere to be seen. And a farther up where the priest sat, the place was also abandoned. Well, Moses went up to the summit and after finishing his business with God, Moses matter of     factly said, “Lord, whatever happened to the priest and the drunkard?” and the Lord said “Why Moses they are both dead.” and Moses said “But Lord what happened to them?” The Lord said, “Why, the drunk is in Paradise and the priest is in the Hell!” Moses said “But Lord,   how can that be?” And the Lord said “The priest thought he had make a deal. I do not make deal!   And the simple drunk, he rejoiced just at being remembered. He expected nothing, he could have cared less about Heaven or Hell, he was happy at just being remembered and nothing for drunk became the everything.”

Gist:

One cannot claim to deserve for God–realization however sincere he may be in his devotion to God. It much depend on great patience and desirelessness of even God realization.

 

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A GOOD LAUGH FOR BABA

 Eruch Jessawala

Sometimes people ask, "What was the most humorous event you can remember with Meher Baba?" There were many humorous incidents I can recall. And Baba's sense of humour was so perfect that even relatively minor things could become a source of great amusement for us all. But I happen to recall one time when Baba was greatly amused at something. Would you like to hear it?

It so happened that we were on a mast tour. On this particular occasion we were traveling by car, and I was driving. Baba sat beside me on the front seat. We were driving through a town and we were just on the outskirts when the crowd on the road became very dense. There were so many people in front of us that we could barely move.

I was concentrating on inching the car forward, trying to find a path through the sea of humanity, impatient because Baba was always in hurry when we travelled, and I thought He would not be pleased at this unexpected delay. But as I was driving I suddenly became aware of Baba's body shaking. I could feel the vibrations of the car seat, and I glanced over and saw that Baba was laughing heartily.

In fact, more heartily than I had ever seen Him laugh before. Of course, Baba made no sound when He laughed, but He would go red in the face and His body would shake with the laughter contained inside. When I saw Baba in such a mood, I was so surprised that I asked Him why He was laughing. Baba pointed to the side of the road.

Up ahead, where Baba was pointing, was a shrine of some saintly person. That was why there were so many people on the road. Apparently it was the anniversary of this saintly person's death and so many people were coming to bow down and pay their respects.

"Yes, Baba," I said, not able to see what was so funny. Baba pointed to someone in the crowd. There were so many people it was hard for me to know whom Baba was pointing to. Baba gestured that the man was wearing a hat and a coat but there were many who were. "That man?" I asked as I described the man I thought Baba meant.

Baba shook His head, "No," and pointed again, "Oh, that man who's just about to bow at the shrine?" Baba nodded, "Yes," and then gestured, "He is bowing down to himself."

From this I understood that in a previous life, that man had been the saintly person that all had come to honour. But see the fun. The saintly person, in a new incarnation, had also come and was now bowing down in reverence to his own tomb! This fun in illusion was a great joke for Baba.

 

Gist:

Man is not made to know his past incarnation to get fresh sanskaras of improved actions in new life. For a Master past incarnations are like open book so He can enjoy the humorous situation of a man bowing down to his mazar of his past life.