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CHAPTER-11 TO 20

 

CHAPTER-11

FAITH AND CONVICTION

Faith.

Quotes

Faith never argues.

Faith is the fruit of one’s devotion to Me

Faith in the Master is the guiding light of realisation. 

Faith is the means by which anything can be completely accomplished.

A post, to stand and firm, must have it butt-end sunk well into the ground. Likewise, My lover needs to have the base of his faith deeply embedded in My Divinity, if he would remain steadfast in his love.

Have supreme faith in Me. I am always with you, directing you as My vehicle. You are an instrument in My divine orchestra.

Have faitah in your capacity for longing for Truth.

If you want to stick to Me, you must have a clean heart. There is no use in some times having faith and sometimes having doubt.

If you have rock like faith in God and flame like love for Him, nothing will affect you.

It is better to deny God than to defy God. What I mean by this is that the one who does not believe in God  and performs his duty honestly is far better than those hypocrite saints who pose as teachers, who profess outside what they are not within.

Let nothing shake your faith in Me, and all your bindings will be shaken off.

Once you open your wings to fly, you must fly straight like a swan. Do not flit from tree to tree like a sparrow, or many things will distract you on the way.

One of the essentials is that a man should have faith. Faith may be strong and vital or it may be weak and lukewarm. A living faith is born of some deep experience which Master imparts to the disciple. It is not easy for you to understand; though I am here with you in this place, I am also everywhere at the same time.

The meaning of faith is that one is not shaken by anything.

The aspirant should have un-severing faith in the Master.

Trust God completely and He will solve all your difficulties. Faithfully leave everything to Him and He will see to everything. Love God sincerely and He will reveal Himself to you. This love needs no ceremonies and show. Your heart must love so that even your mind is not aware of it.

You should have full faith in one Master. Faith in the Master nourishes faith in oneself and faith in life in the teeth of setbacks, failures, hardships, and difficulties.

When faith becomes Love, there is no use of faith.

When you put whole faith in Me you get the relief. - Meher Baba

Three types of faith

  1. Faith born of Intellectual
  2. Faith by sight
  3. Faith by experience

True faith is a form of sight and not of blindness.

Faith in a Perfect Master becomes all-important because it nourishes and sustains faith in oneself and faith in life—in the very teeth of setbacks and failures, handicaps and difficulties, limitations and failings. Life, as a person knows it in himself, or in most of his fellow beings, may be narrow, twisted, and perverse; but life as he sees it in the Master is unlimited, pure, and untainted. In the Master, the aspirant sees his own ideal realized; the Master is what his own deeper self would rather be. He sees in the Master the reflection of the best in himself, which is yet to be but which he will surely one day attain. Faith in the Master therefore, becomes the chief motive power for realizing the divinity that is latent in man.

True faith is grounded in the deeper experiences of the spirit and the unerring deliverances of purified intuition. It is not to be regarded as the antithesis of critical reason but as the unfailing guide of critical reason. When critical reason is implemented by a deep and living faith based on pure intuition, its functioning becomes creative, fruitful, and significant instead of barren, ineffective, and meaningless. On the other hand, many forms of naive credulity cannot be broken through except by the fearless and free working of critical reason.

However, it remains true that critical reason can touch and inform only those kinds of faith that are not based upon pure intuition. True faith grounded in pure intuition always remains an imperative that cannot be ultimately reduced to the conclusions of rational intellect. It is not derived from the limited intellect but is more fundamental and primary, with the result that it cannot be silenced by any intellectual acrobatics. This does not mean, however, that faith need at any stage be blind, in the sense that it is not allowed to be examined by critical intellect. True faith is a form of sight and not of blindness. It need not be afraid of the free functioning of critical reason.

 

Conviction

Conviction results in Love.

Conviction leads to the gift of Divine Love through the grace of Master.

Conviction is steady and unconquerable.

Conviction is independent of circumstances and carries you through all situations until you find Me as I am.

Conviction is My gift of grace to the person.

Conviction is more important than faith.

Rock like faith leads to conviction.

True faith is the guide and motive power which leads to conviction.

True Faith leads to conviction which paves the way for love divine.

There is world of difference between those who have been blessed with conviction and those blessed with faith. Those with conviction and faith are doubly blessed. -Meher Baba

Three kinds of conviction:

The first type of conviction- is through intellect. This means that through a definite understanding, through reading one knows that God exists.

The second type of conviction- is through sight. One who is on the path sees God in everything and everywhere? This conviction through sight is greater than conviction through intellect.

The third type of conviction- is through becoming one with God. That is the real conviction, the realization of God. One who has realized God knows that he alone is. He has the real and continuous experience of infinite knowledge, power and bliss.

God is because you are; you are because God is. But that experience only one in a million can have

If one had faith in God, there would be no worry - an episode.

Amiya Kumar Hazra was a follower from Jabalpur who, with his family, availed himself of every opportunity of Baba's darshan. 

Hazra brought Seth Govind Das, a well-known Hindi writer and Member of Parliament from Jabalpur, whom he had told about Baba.

Govind Das’s son was a government minister in the Madhya Pradesh cabinet, but he had recently expired. Govindas was naturally deeply disconsolate over his death.

Govindas pleaded before Baba, "I want to be rid of this grief. I want peace."

Baba replied, "I will surely give you peace; but come to Poona in May."

"Will I not have peace until then?"

"It will come gradually; but in Poona, you will feel it completely."

"Where is my son, Baba?"

"He is with Me!"

"I have no faith in God!"

"Who has faith in Him? If one had faith in God, what would there be to worry about? Everything happens according to His will, and once faith is born, there is no question of our existence or our passing away."

Baba instructed him to travel directly back to his home and convey Baba's love to his other family members. Govindas was highly impressed with the meeting, but did not follow Baba instructions because of a prior commitment to attend a Hindi literary conference in Bombay. Due to illness, he was also unable to attend the darshan in Poona in 1965. Later, when he recovered, he requested darshan, but being in seclusion Baba did not grant it.

One’s full faith in Master makes Master responsible for all his actions and deeds-an episode

Baba allowed Adi Dubash to come to Guruprasad daily. For months, his son, Merwan, had the habit of twisting his nose. He would do it at any time and often. Adi and Rhoda tried everything to make him stop, but nothing worked.

Once, when all three were present in Guruprasad, Baba asked Dadi Kerawala, "What are you thinking?"

Dadi replied, "You know it, Baba!"

Baba commented, "I have told you many times that I will give you a wife as beautiful as the moon, and still you are thinking about it. You must have complete faith in Me. When an individual has one hundred percent faith in Me and leaves everything to Me, the burden automatically falls on My shoulders. I have My Universal work to do and I am totally engrossed in it, but the weight of that individual's burden reminds Me of My responsibility toward him and I do everything for such a person."

Right after Baba stated this; the thought came into Rhoda Dubash's mind: "Okay Baba, I leave Merwan's nose-twisting one hundred percent to You." Immediately after thinking this, Baba turned to her and gestured, "Why is Merwan twisting his nose?" Rhoda pleaded, "Oh Baba, we have tried everything and he won't stop!"

Baba turned to the boy and sternly corrected him, "Merwan, why do you do this?" Baba did a perfect imitation. "It is not a good habit. Someday, someone will beat you up for it. Never do it again."

Baba then narrated this incident:

A friend of My father's was in the habit of winking. Once while he was accompanying Sheriarji somewhere, they passed a few fishermen with their womenfolk. Unintentionally, the friend winked suddenly and the fishermen got very upset (believing he was winking at their wives). Catching hold of him one began shouting abused at him, and was about to beat him when Sheriarji intervened, saying, "He did not do it on purpose; it is his habit." At that very moment, the friend winked at the fisherman, and he and the others saw that it was an unconscious habit and let him go.

Baba jokingly told Merwan, "In this way you too may one day be beaten!" Then He became very serious and instructed Merwan, "From now on you must stop twisting your nose, and if I catch you doing it again, I don't want to see your face again!"

A few minutes later, Baba caught Merwan twisting his nose but forgave him as he was doing it unconsciously. This happened a few times and each time Baba forgave Merwan and said, "I will let it go for today as you are doing it unconsciously, without realizing it. But remember, from tomorrow, if I catch you twitching your nose I do not want to see your face again!"

He told Adi and Rhoda, "If he ever does this again after you return home, send Me a telegram."

Rhoda said, "I will pay for the telegram from Merwan's pocket money."

Baba replied, "No, you pay half of it."

From that time on, Merwan stopped twisting his nose. Not once did he do it again.

 

CHAPTER-12

FASTING AND FOOD

Fasting

Meher Baba said:

We are in the habit of eating food at regular intervals. With a few exceptions, when we feel hungry our stomach craves for food, although we may be engrossed in some other work. But when the mind is occupied in some work, the stomach feels satisfied. It is our nature to look at the clock when it is time for food. If we purposely fast, our eyes would constantly be on the clock to see if it is time to break the fast. By such fasting, the bindings become strong. When I ask you to fast, it is something different.

Fasting of mind.

Fasting of the mind is to have no thoughts. These in itself is impossible, but remember Me as often as you can and then your mind will not be in a fumble as to what to think of. You leave your mind to Me by having My constant remembrance or taking My name, and there will be no food (thoughts) worth the name for the mind to feed on. Thoughts of Me will supersede all other thoughts in your mind.

Effect of Fasting

The body will survive for ninety-five days if one remains only on water. Just as the body feeds on food, so the mind feeds on desires and indulgence in these desires feeds the mind and the ego. So, by starving the mind of these desires, the ego becomes very thin and weak.

In a physical fast, taking only water, lust is lessened, but anger and hope are increased. During the first three days of a fast, hunger is marked, depression is strong, anger is strengthened and lust is diminished. From the third to the seventh day, there is a fluctuation in feelings: hunger, depression, anger and lust are all lessened, while hope – for everything -is still strong. On the tenth day, the feelings again swing back, and there is increased hunger and anger. This lasts until the fourteenth day, when the feelings again become calm and remain calm. Thus, after the fourteenth day, a fast has no spiritual value.

Food is a direct necessity of life, and its continued denial is bound to be disastrous to health. Therefore, external fasting should be periodical, and only for a short time.

Food

Quotes

Vegetarian food for spiritual reasons

Baba advised vegetarian food for spiritual reasons, and for the reason of health. Animal food stimulates excitement, lust, passion and evil desires, which are detrimental to spiritual progress. Vegetable food helps one to keep the feelings, emotions and desires balanced and normal, and hence assists the aspirant on the spiritual path. Also it improves health, aids digestion, and is free from certain poisons contained in animal food.

I allow vegetarian to follow their diet and non vegetarian to eat meat, fish etc. I do not interfere with any religion and permit all to follow their own creed unhindered, when faced with love for God; these external ceremonies have no value. Love for God is automatically and naturally result in self-denial, mental control and ego annihilation irrespective of the lover following or renouncing these external adoptions.

Baba's favourite fruit was mango, then papaya and ripe figs.

Tea and milk 

Strong tea provides a very good stimulant to tired nerves. But it causes no real improvement in health. On the contrary, the general health is usually undermined with strong stimulants.

Milk is the best food; it sustains the body and purifies the mind. And the more the mind becomes pure, the more it can be controlled. Desires become less, which is necessary for spiritual aspirants, as there is no progress on the Path without the mind being under control. So long as desires and longings persist, the mind cannot be controlled. From that standpoint, therefore, milk is the best food.

Out of all foods consumed, milk is the best, because there is no loss of life in it. It comes from vegetable kingdom, because in it life is not complete. And worst is animal food. By eating flesh, we at once catch the sanskaras of the animal, and our anger and lust are provoked.

Merits and demerits of different fruits and vegetables

There are three things that are good for increasing and purifying the blood: pomegranates, grapes and tomatoes; but grapes have one defect, they create bile. Okra is good for people with backaches. Potatoes give strength, but create gas. Lentils are good; beans, pumpkins, cabbages and cauliflower are not nourishing, but are tasty. Eggplant is the worst possible thing for you. To eat eggplant is to commit suicide because it spoils the blood and turns it to water. Radishes create gas but they are good for the intestines. Spinach is also very good.

Among non-vegetarian food, fish is the best for the brain because it contains phosphorus. Eggs are good but are hard to digest. Among all food, milk is the best because nothing is killed in obtaining it. The next best are vegetables because life in them is not fully developed. The worst impressions lie in non vegetarian food. By eating meat a person at once contacts animal sanskaras which stimulate anger and lust. In vegetation forms, the gross and subtle bodies are developing, but not the mental body. In animal forms, the mental body begins its development. In the limited minds of animals exist anger and lust as they kill for food and sometimes for a mate.

Vegetarian food is preferred since it neither increases nor decreases the degree of sexuality.

To eat meat is detrimental to some extent in controlling one’s sexual nature. The main disadvantage is that eating meat increases sexual desires. Consciousness exists in stones, but there is so very little consciousness in stones – almost nothing. It is in vegetation that the evolution of consciousness begins. And consciousness increases as an animal form evolves into another animal form; in man it is complete. With the advance in consciousness, sexuality also increases. The more the consciousness, the more the sexual longing; and the less the consciousness, the less the sexual longing. So, if we eat meat, the degree of sexuality increases in us; but if we remain on vegetarian food then it neither increases nor decreases.

On the spiritual path, vegetarian and non-vegetarian food has no meaning-an episode

One day Baba expressed tiredness, and announcing that He was retiring, told all to have their lunch. Now our Parsi community is fond of jokes and pranks, and Nariman and Meherjee decided to tease Sadashiv Patel, a Hindu by birth and therefore, vegetarian. So as they went for lunch, they lightly prodded Patel, saying, “Patel, why are you still eating vegetarian food? You have been with Baba for so many years, and you still cling to your vegetarian food! Come on, have a change, have some non-vegetarian food.” Patel said, “No, it is not religious scruples that make me to stick to this food, but from my childhood I have never eaten non-vegetarian food, and it just doesn’t appeal to me. But if you want me to do so, then I will have some right now.” Nariman and Meherjee immediately backed off, saying, “No, no we are only teasing you. We are not serious.

 

After Eruch, disciple of Meher Baba narrated what had been said about food. Baba replied, “No one sitting here is so very important that God is standing behind your chair watching what you are eating.” These are His very words. On the spiritual path vegetarian and non-vegetarian food has no meaning at all-except that a vegetarian should not take pride in that, nor a non-vegetarian look down on a vegetarian.

Clear instructions not to waste food-an episode

Even through fasting, Baba would often serve meals to the mandali and boys, and was careful to see that no food was wasted. In year 1928, some of the mandali discarded a portion of their lunch. When Baba found out, He asked with obvious displeasure, “Why did you throw away some food?” They replied that he had served them more than they could eat. “I will serve as much as I like,” scolded Baba, “But you should never waste food. You should have eaten it even if your stomachs had burst. You know it is My standing order not to waste food. Why did you break that order? Am I so mad as to give you more than you could eat? Haven’t you at least that much understanding after so many years? This path is not as easy as swallowing sweet laddoos all day long. You have no idea what I am giving you through this food.”

Kitty Davy had to eat left over bread to follow the instructions - an episode

Kitty Davy was supervising the kitchen and had Baba’s order not to let any food go to waste. She was daily ordering fresh bread from the market, but each day some would be left over. One day, Kitty collected the stale bread and made bread pudding. No on liked the dish, so there was a lot leftover. Now what should she do with it, she wondered. Baba’s order was not to waste anything, so she could not throw it away. Failing to find a solution, kitty sat down and consumed the dish herself in four hours, thus carrying out Baba’s wish.

Fasting of Sadguru and Avatar

Fasting by the Perfect Master who is one of universal Mind and Infinite consciousness amounts  to penance or ordeal suffered by the universe itself , resulting in spiritual betterment of humanity.

 

CHAPTER-13 

FORBEARANCE

Quotes

Forbearance would be easy if the aspirant could accept the ways of the world.

Spiritual effort demands not only physical endeavours but forbearance and moral courage.

One of the first requirements of the aspirant is that he should combine unfailing enthusiasm with unyielding patience.-Meher Baba

Meher Baba Explained

As the aspirant advances on the path, he acquires, through his contact with the Master, an increasingly deeper understanding of true love. And this makes him painfully sensitive to those impacts from outside which not only do not taste of love, but actually bring him into contact with cold contempt, cynical callousness, agonising apathy and unabating hatred. All these impacts try his forbearance to the uttermost. Even the worldly man suffers in the world, which he occasionally finds indifferent or hostile. But he is thick-skinned and his suffering is less acute, because he does not expect anything very much better from human nature, and thinks that these things are inevitable and incurable. But the aspirant who has tasted a deeper love knows the hidden possibilities in every soul; and his suffering is very acute because he feels the gulf between that which is and that which might have been, if only the world had even faintly appreciated the love which he has begun to understand and cherish.

The task of forbearance would be easy if the aspirant could get reconciled to the ways of the world and accept them without challenge. But, having seen the higher, it becomes an imperative duty of the aspirant to stand by it, even if the whole world opposes him. Loyalty to the higher truth of his own perception demands unshakable moral courage, and readiness to face the criticism, scorn and even hatred of those who have not yet begun to open out to the truth. And although in this uneven struggle, he does get unfailing help from the Masters and other aspirants, he has to develop the capacity to fight for the truth single-handed, without relying upon external help all the time. This supreme moral courage can only come with supreme confidence in oneself and the Master. To love the world and serve it in the ways of the Masters is no game of the weak and the faint-hearted.

Spiritual effort demand does not only physical endurance and courage, but also unshrinking forbearance and unassailable courage.  The world is caught up in Maya and is addicted to false values. Therefore the ways of the world run counter to the standards which the aspirant has set for himself. If he runs away from the world, that does not help him. He will have again to come back to the world that quality which enables him to face and accept the world as it is. Very often his path lies through the world, which he has to serve in spite of not liking its way. If the aspirant is to love and serve the world, which does not understand him, or even is tolerant to him, he must develop infinite forbearance.

A lesson of forbearance for Bhau (disciple)- an episode

During the period in Satara, there was a discussion about Ismail almost daily. Baba had ordered Bhau to tutor him, and one day, calling Bhau to Grafton, Baba observed, "Ismail is a very good boy, teach him with all your heart. He has studied up to the fourth standard; but see that he passes the matriculation exam within a year!"

This meant excelling a fourth grader to a high school graduate. This surprised Bhau, but Baba added, "Don't worry about it. I will help inwardly. Just try your best."

Going to the market, Bhau bought books for Ismail and started teaching him. Two days later, Baba said, "Ismail has no clothes; go to the bazaar and purchase expensive outfits for him, so that he remains pleased and pays attention to his studies. I am helping you so that within one year you will make him pass his matriculation."

So Bhau bought fine clothes for Ismail, and a few days after this, Baba commented, "Ismail's parents are very poor and he does not eat good food at home. When he doesn't have proper nourishment, how do you expect him to apply his intellect? If you want him to pass the matriculation exam in a year, then first provide good food for him." "How am I to arrange food for him?" Bhau asked.

"How much help I am giving you!" Baba explained. "I am telling you to do all this, so that you may enable him to pass the exam in a year. Just approach his parents and pay them every month whatever they spend on cooking food for him. Don't worry about money, I will provide everything needed."

Visiting Ismail's parents, Bhau arranged with them so that good meals, milk, fruits and sweets were provided for the boy, and Baba was pleased. But He further ordered, "Just do one thing more. Go to Ismail's house every morning and bring him to Rosewood for studying, and accompany him back home when he is through. If he falls into bad company, cold water will be thrown on his studies! And if that happens, you won't be able to make him pass. Remember this."

Daily Bhau began fetching Ismail and walking him back to his house in the evening. Again, after several days passed, Baba reprimanded Bhau, “You are not taking proper care of Ismail. It is so hot and you are bringing him unprotected in this heat! If his health suffers, his studies will be ruined, and you won’t be able to make him pass his exam in one year- and that would be disobeying Me! Bring him to rosewood shielded by an umbrella, so that he won’t be affected by the sun. What help I am giving you! Do you ever think about it?”

Therefore, Bhau had to begin holding an umbrella over Ismail’s head, while the neighbors were wondering why so much honour was being showered on a poor boy who used to collect cow dung! At first, Ismail was studying well, but the more he was pampered, the more careless he became towards his studies-and more he began harassing Bhau.

Several days later, Baba instructed Bhau, “Bring Ismail to Grafton every day. He needs some refreshments to maintain his health and he will be more attentive to his studies!” So Bhau would take him to Grafton, with the umbrella over his head, and Baba would make him sit on the sofa in front of him, while Bhau remain standing. Such was the teacher’s condition: the pupil was sitting comfortably on sofa, and the teacher had to stand before him. Goher would then bring a tray full of eatables and a glass of sherbet, and Bhau would offer them to Ismail. And when the boy finished, then Bhau had to wash his plate and glass.

The heaping of indulgences on Ismail made a dent in Bhau’s forbearance. The room in which Bhau was tutoring him contained a bed, and Ismail would lie down on it. When Bhau would tell him to read, he would say, “Just wait a few minute. I am tired, let me rest. I will read afterwards.”  At times, relaxing against some pillows, he would stretch out his legs, and when Bhau would ask him to be attentive to his studies, he would reply, “You read, I will listen." It is your duty to teach me; lecture to me for two hours.”

The result of all these was that Ismail would not learn anything. Even hours of persuasion, he would say, “What is there in your teaching? If Baba’s nazar is there, I will learn everything in a second!” This happened almost daily. Baba would go on praising Ismail and castigating Bhau. But Ismail did do one very good thing for Bhau. Once, he told Baba, “I don’t like Bhau’s moustache. He accompanies me from my home every day, and people laugh at him!” So Baba immediately ordered Bhau to shave off his Chinese moustache, and that was just fine with Bhau.

Dealing with Ismail was a long session for Bhau. Had it not been so mischievous, how else would Bhau have the chance to control his temper and learn to keep quiet? Baba had arranged matters with this end in mind, and Ismail played his part to perfection. Occasionally, Ismail would taunt Bhau with such words: “You would better learn how to teach better! You don’t know how to do it. How far have you yourself studied?” Or, at times, Ismail would say, “Your pulse is in my hands! If I mention one bad word to Baba, you will find yourself in an awful plight!” Thus, during the stay at Satara, Bhau found himself saddled with this worthy pupil.

 

CHAPTER-14

FORGETFULNESS AND FORGIVENESS

Forgetfulness

Quotes

Forgetfulness of the world makes one a pilgrim.

Forgetfulness of the world and its attractions makes man a yogi.

Forgetfulness of the next of the world makes one a Saint.

Forgetfulness of hell and heaven makes a man Mahayogi.

Forgetfulness of your limited self makes a man God-Realized.

Forgetfulness of forgetfulness makes man perfect. – Meher Baba

Meher Baba Explained

Complete forgetfulness of the self is to even forget that you have forgotten.

Only by forgetting, can you truly forgive. Meher Baba says- In such moments of true forgetfulness, there is mental detachment from all material surrounding in which the poet allows his imagination to soar. An artist creates a masterpiece, the best of philosophy is ushered and the greatest scientific discoveries made in the frame of mind. Such manifestation of genuine spontaneity of forgetfulness is very rare. These fleeting phases of real forgetfulness are the result of efforts made in past lives.

Forget and forgive-an episode

Papa Jassawala had come to Jabalpur from Nagpur. Jal Kerawala also was there. On Sunday, January 1st, 1939, Jal played a joke on Papa, who found it to be in bad taste. Baba sent for Jal and Chanji, and asked the reason for the uproar. Jal replied, "Forgive me, Baba, I was only joking around."

Papa shouted, "Who has made him a magistrate? He has no sense! He should not be forgiven!"

Smiling, Baba spelled out, "I would not forgive Jal, but to forgive is My nature. If I don't forgive him, the world will collapse! Only by My forgiveness does the world continue, not otherwise!"

Papa said, "You should continue forgiving the world, but not Jal Kerawala! He has troubled me greatly!”

"All right," motioned Baba. "I won't forgive Jal, but you forgive him!" Jal asked Papa's forgiveness, and finally, after hours of fuming, he forgave him. Papa, however, said to Baba, "I have forgiven Jal because you requested it. But I tell you he is a devil!’

Baba explained to Papa, "This is not forgiveness! The meaning of forgiveness is to forget the insult. When you remember it, how could you have forgiven it? After forgiving, you should not remember the incident or hold anything against him.

"Today is New Year's, and you should make a resolution to forgive and forget. Only by forgetting can you truly forgive. Otherwise, what is the use of merely saying the words, 'I forgive you'? It must be from the heart."

Forgiveness

Quotes

Forgiveness consists in loosening the binding of duality in Maya, which makes you feel and find one in the many. I forgive you amounts to loosening of your bindings.

Forgiveness is best charity.

I have come to forgive. I can forgive and it is not a great thing to forgive. In fact, in reality, there is nothing to be forgiven for there is really nothing like good and bad.

When one has forgiven everyone and completely forgotten himself, he finds that God has forgiven him everything, and he remembers who, in reality, He is. Meher Baba

 Meher Baba explained

Forgiveness

People ask God for forgiveness. But, since God is everything and everyone, who is there for Him to forgive? Forgiveness of the creator was already there in His act of creation. But still, people ask God's forgiveness, and He forgives them. But they, instead of forgetting that for which they asked forgiveness, forget that God has forgiven them, and instead remember the things they were forgiven. Thus they nourish the seed of wrong-doing and it bears its fruit (ill-feelings) again. Again and again they plead for forgiveness, and again and again the Master says: "I forgive."

But it is impossible for men to forget their wrong-doing and the wrongs done to them by others. And since they cannot forget, they find it hard to forgive. But forgiveness is the best charity. It is easy to give the poor money and goods when one have plenty; but to forgive is hard, and it is the best thing if one can do it.  Instead of men trying to forgive one another, they fight. Once they fought with their hands with clubs; then the spears, then bows and arrows, then with guns and canons. Then they invented bombs and carriers for them. Now they have developed missiles that can destroy millions of other men thousands of miles away, and they are prepared to use them. The weapons used change, but the aggressive pattern of the man remains the same.

Baba’s justice in form of forgiveness an- episode

An old villager was brought by force to Meherabad by Dada Patil. The man had a bullock cart, which Pendu had hired to bring materials to Meherabad, but he was caught with some wooden planks he had stolen from the stockpile on the Hill. Baba had come to lower Meherabad that day, and the villager was brought before him. Baba was to punish him. But what was Baba’s justice? Padri or Pendu would have whipped any thief. Baba sentenced him to go to every house in the village with the stolen planks on his head, and to tell all that he had stolen this property from Meher Baba! Dada Patil was to follow him and make sure he did it at every house and then report back to Baba. The old man asked forgiveness and said he would do as Baba ordered, but begged not to have to carry the heavy planks on his head. Baba relented.

 

CHAPTER-15

GOOD AND BAD

Quotes

Be good - it pays. Bad makes you mad. Good takes you to God.

Being good is a good binding. You must either be good or bad. Bad is like bound wrists. Good is like bound feet.

Kabir writes beautifully about this: Good keeps your hands free, so that you can even unbind your feet.

There is nothing bad but different degrees of goodness.

To speak well is good, to think well is better, and above all to live well is best.

The climax of good is loving. Bad is anger, getting excited. Good is forgiving. Biting is bad, but to be bit is good. If you offer your cheek, knowing you could easily wring their neck that is excellent.

Whether a person happens to be good or bad at any point of time depends upon the operation of his sanskaras. The sinner and saint are what they are by necessity and have the same beginning and end. –Meher Baba

Meher Baba explained

Good and bad both are necessary

As good is necessary, likewise bad is also necessary – just as positive and negative. Both are essential for action and evolution. If only good were to prevail everywhere, life would end! Both good or bad done to the extreme would lead to Self-Realization; for instance, absolute evil with no trace of good, or absolute good with no trace of bad at all – both are equally conducive to the attainment of the goal of Self-Realization.

If this is so, naturally it can be asked, "Why is good preferable to bad?" Both good and bad are zero, being nonexistent for those who are God-Realized. Both are terms of duality. But the Masters and Avatars give preference and advocate good over bad. This is only because good is really, spiritually speaking, easy for reaching the goal; though apparently, materially speaking, it is the reverse.

For example, bad is apparently easy – difficult, really! But the underlying principle in life being spiritual progress – true existence – comes against the material progress which is only apparent and not real. Thus, the Masters advocate good, being truly easy for mankind, as the better course to follow for true progress in the march of life to the goal of Realization.

Another reason for preferring and advocating good is that in evil, although apparently easy, while thinking about and actually committing a bad act, there is always a sort of torture to the mind, which inevitably happens after committing the act. For instance, illicit sex or murder. Whereas, in good which though apparently difficult, there is nothing of the kind – no torture to the mind. On the contrary, there is a constant feeling of a sort of happiness not only in thinking but also in doing a good act, although it is always more difficult apparently to do good rather than bad.

Besides, pursuing the course of doing bad to the extreme would not succeed or endure until the end. A man's body however bold, indifferent, healthy and robust would not be able to withstand prolonged indulgence in bad vices – such as lust, drinking liquor, or violence to the extreme.

There is nothing good and bad from moral standpoint

This difference exists so that the affairs of the world may be conducted according to limitations imposed by society. But from the spiritual standpoint, both are bindings.

Standards of good and bad are established according to contemporary standards that may vary with time and circumstance. Also in spirituality, very often what is understood to be good by the masses is, from the spiritual point of view, bad; and what is understood as bad by the masses is often good, from the spiritual point of view.

For example, robbery is bad by general standards. But suppose there is an extremely destitute, pregnant woman. She has nothing to eat and because of her condition, death is certain. A man sees her, has pity on her, but he himself has no money and is unable to help. Consequently, he steals money and uses it to feed the woman. Now it is good that the man helped the woman, but it is bad that he stole for the purpose. Yet, because of the bad act, he could perform the good one.

Also, by general standards, beating others is bad, but if you beat someone with the motive of correcting his life, and do so without malice and without anger, this beating is a blessing to him. The bad beating is then good.

An episode

Once, some of the mandali and Arnavaz were sitting with Baba at Ashiyana, Baba suddenly asked, “What is “good” and what is “bad”? He continued, “There is thief who used to steal and therefore he was pointed out as being bad. One day the thief went to a house to rob it, but there he found a woman in great pain, just about to give birth to a child. She was all alone, so instead of robbing in her house, the thief helped her to deliver the baby and made her comfortable. Then he went out to steal food and clothing for the woman. He stayed with her until he knew she was all right. He went on his way and continued to steal from others. Baba paused to give His listeners an inquiring look, and then said, “Well, now what do you think of this man? Is he bad or is he good? You call him bad because he is a thief, but then he did a good turn and you could call him good. So there is nothing like ‘good’ or ‘bad’.

They asked, "Should one be more of an idealist than a materialist?"

Baba answered, "To be merely an idealist is hopeless; to be merely a materialist is also hopeless. It is necessary to create a balance between the two."

Snakes should be killed

Last form the insect it is snake. Meher Baba revealed that, “Unless a snake is killed by a human being, it remains always a snake. Never leave a snake wounded, as it takes so long to die. Once wounded, a snake will always remain near you to be killed outright."

“In evolution, the snake form is like an entangled rope which you cannot undo or unwind. However if it is killed by a human being the knot entangles itself and he soul is free to continue its way through evolution.”

From above statement of Meher Baba, it can be inferred that if a snake dies of any other reason it will continue to take the form of a snake till it is killed by a human being.

According to Meher Baba, flies and mosquitoes can be killed if necessary without too much qualm, as it hurries their evolution but the spider, bees hornets and ants have a very complex and interesting life and they should not be killed

If an ant is killed by a man, the ant has to take again the form of an ant. Meher Baba also did not approve the killing of lizards as they eat insects.

In, 1938, a five-foot-long snake was seen outside the kitchen with a sparrow in its mouth. Baba was called, and He came with a few of the men. One man struck the snake on its back, and it released the sparrow which flew away. Baba gave the final killing blow, crushing its head.

On another occasion, the men killed a snake at lower Meherabad, and Padri brought it to Baba who crushed its head.

Lizards not be killed- an episode 

There were many lizards in Kandy. Because there was a danger they would urinate or defecate in the food and their urine and excreta are extremely poisonous, Katie would brush them off the wall, and Baidul's daughter, Dowla, would kill them. On one Sunday, Dowla reported to Baba that she had killed seven lizards in only fifteen minutes. Baba was not happy, but Katie said in her defence, "If any of them fall in the food, we could die."

Baba instructed them, "Don't kill lizards. Any animal that directly injures should be killed, but not lizards. Catch them and throw them outside. They eat flies and are useful."

He added in a teasing manner, "If you kill them, you will be a lizard in your next birth.

Gambling is not desirable - an episode

Once, when Merwan and his friends were playing in their neighbor-hood lane, a man appeared pushing a cart with a board of nails, over which rings were to be thrown to try one's luck. The boys wanted to play, but Merwan stated that they should not waste their money gambling. But the others argued that they were eager to try their luck. Altogether they had four annas (about 25 cents), and they purchased some rings. Each ring thrown missed until only one remained, intended for Merwan. He tossed the last one and scored, thus recovering their money. Merwan told his companions, "It is only because I played that you got your money back. If any of you had tossed that ring you would have lost."

 

CHAPTER-16

HAPPINESS AND BLISS

Happiness

Quotas

Real happiness lies in making others happy.

Happiness and suffering in life do not last long. Remain calm and patient while experiencing these ups and downs in life. I am with you.

Consider the mental and physical suffering as gift from God which, if accepted gracefully lead to everlasting happiness

Don’t worry-be happy.

Everyone can be happy, but some feel happy and some feel miserable. Those who constantly want something will never feel happy. Misery is bound to accompany wanting. Those who never want for themselves but for others, they can feel happy because they want others to feel happy.

I want you all to be happy. I say to you, remain happy under every illusory circumstance. I am not happy when you don’t love Me.

In all climes and in all places, man is constantly striving for happiness; but there are very few who have it , because there are very  few who truly know the secret of happiness.

The problem of happiness is therefore the problem of surrendering desires.

True Happiness can come only to one who will find courage to strike free from attachments which he has formed through a sterile lifetime.”

The really happy are those who are always contented with their lot.

True happiness begins when one learns the art of adjustment to other persons, and right adjustment involves self forgetfulness and love. Hence arises the spiritual importance of transforming a life of the limited self into a life of love.

You are meant to be happy to make others happy.-Meher Baba

Meher Baba explained

Happiness

Happiness is birthright.

It is the birthright of every human being to be happy, but most of us feel miserable. It is due to the load of sanskaras or impressions gathered throughout evolution. In our evolution, through all the forms – stone, worm, bird, fish, and animal – we gather impressions.

God, who is in everything and in everyone, is deaf to formal rituals, ceremonies, prayers in mosques, churches and temples. But He hears the voice of the heart. When you help others, God knows instantly and is pleased. No amount of prayer or meditation can do what helping others can do.

The main thing that counts is love for Me. How will you love Me? By loving God as well as others. If you make others happy, God pays heed. Do you follow? I have been saying the same message throughout the ages that all are One. We are all One, and all of you love Me.

I am in everything, and everything is in Me. In India I bow down to the lepers, the poor, and the lame. Why do I bow down? Because I am one with everything! God is in everyone. Age after age, I have been bringing the same message, but mankind does not listen. Christ had to be crucified; otherwise, humanity would not have listened to Him.

Be happy by giving your burden to Master who is always ready to accept.

Happiest is he who expects no happiness from others. Love delights and glorifies in giving, not receiving. So learn to love and give, and not to expect anything from others.

You should really feel and consider yourself as the happiest and most fortunate among men that you have renounced the illusion and surrendered to a Perfect Master. You should now feel free from worries and quite at ease, like one who has his burden lifted off his head and feels light.

The great mistake you make is that you lift the burden from your head, but instead of placing it on the head of the One who willingly accepts it with all responsibility; you keep it hanging over you in the air, hesitating to give it lest you lose something valuable! Thus you neither bear the burden, nor allow it to rest on the head of the One who wants it to be transferred – namely Baba. You keep it hanging between the two, and place both under suspense, thereby aggravating your suffering. Either keep it yourself or give it up entirely.

Happiness from any act is short-lived-only real happiness is permanent and everlasting

Everyone in world, consciously or unconsciously, seeks happiness in form or another. Even a murderer seeks happiness, which he hopes to find in murder, and this is why he commits murder. Why and when does a man murder? Either through hatred or jealousy and because he thinks he will find happiness if he commits murder and take revenge.

Why does a man commits suicide? Because he expects to find happiness in death. Why does another man drink? It is because of the happiness he expects to derive. But what happiness is derived and how long does it last? No sooner does it cool down he feels broken, dejected and miserable.

It is the same with lust. A person does it all for the happiness he or she derives, but it is only for the time being that one derives happiness, and when it is over, the person is miserable again.

Real happiness is different. It never changes, nor ceases. It is permanent, everlasting, and it lies there within you. It is sleeping (latent) and might be opened (unlocked). Once it is opened, one is always happy.

I am the source of all happiness-the Sun of Bliss-but there is a cover (curtain) that veils you from the Sun. The Sun is there, shining, spreading its lustre all over the world. But you do not allow its rays to approach you; you obstruct them with a veil. Remove that and you will see the Sun.

I will help you open the curtain and enable you to feel happiness within.

Try to be happy

Try to be always happy. Never think that life is dreadful, “I am tired of life.” Such thoughts really make life miserable. Life is worth living. If you think like that, all difficulties will appear insignificant.

I will help you to try to develop love. Never think, “I am alone,” “I have so much to do,” “I am poor,” and so on. All are poor. The whole world is poor. Even the millionaires are poor, because they have greed and want more. Love someone, and I will help you. Do not worry.

Bliss  

Bliss is something quite distinct from happiness and misery. Happiness and misery are gained through experiences of the mind. Bliss is something totally different; after the death of the mind, what the soul gains through God is bliss. Happiness and misery are due to the mind, while bliss exists on account of the soul. “Bliss cannot be described. It cannot be grasped. It is to be experienced.”

"But why is there always suffering and not happiness?" one of the mandali asked and Baba explained:

You simpleton, I am trying to tell you that there is nothing like suffering! It is the mind that creates pain and misery. In reality, neither happiness nor misery exists. Only bliss is real, which the soul enjoys after emancipation. So to attain emancipation, first destroy the mind. First free yourself and then enjoy bliss. Become one – merge with the bliss!

Really speaking, everywhere in the entire universe is bliss. It is all bliss, bliss and bliss! But poor, ignorant mankind cannot enjoy it, as man does not know how to enjoy it. The whole universe is full of infinite bliss, but disregarding it, man hankers after the transient happiness of affluence, influence, possessions, name and fame. This is all false and illusory, yet man runs only after this. It is due to his ignorance of what is real. One should try to acquire real happiness by eschewing that which is false.

Bliss is the goal of life

Bliss is the goal of life. That bliss is continuous, changeless, eternal and divine. That bliss has in it power, love, knowledge and infinite wisdom, and God is all this in one.

The Indian term "Ananda," which means happiness, has seven stages. The seventh Ananda is called Paramananda – the Bliss of God – which, when attained, gives one everlasting existence in God.

Spiritual healing

Real healing is spiritual healing, whereby the soul, becoming free from desires, doubts and hallucinations, enjoys the eternal bliss of God. Untimely physical healing might retard the spiritual healing. If borne of willingly, physical and mental suffering can make one worthy of receiving spiritual healing. Consider mental and physical suffering as gift from God, which, if accepted as gracefully, lead to everlasting Happiness.

Be mentally free and happy. As is the cause, so is the effect. The cause may be big and important, or small and insignificant. But the result will definitely be according to the cause.

The woes of this world are imaginary, and are the self-created result of our own ignorance. Having no cause, they are therefore unjustifiable. If there is no reason or cause, then it naturally follows that the result is unreal, insubstantial and meaningless.

So why worry about the happiness or misery of this world, which has no cause behind it except imagination? Just go on observing things as a passive spectator as they go on around you, keeping the mind free and happy. As Hafez says,

'Both the happiness and sorrows of this world will pass away; so it is better to always remain peaceful."

 

CHAPTER-17

HATRED

Quotes

Hatred is a form of suicide.

Hatred is appeased by non hatred.

Hate none but your lustful actions.

Hatred will end when you are so sick and tired of wanting and only want to give. The only solution to our problems is to stop hating and to love.

Hate begets hate. Forgiveness follows love. When you hate a person, forgiving becomes difficult due to ego.  No sooner you begin to love those you hate, you begin to Love Me as I should be loved.

Love is antidote of hatred.

You should not hate a man who backbite you but he deserves to be pitied. We should patiently tolerate. If a man curses your father and you curse his mother, what is the difference between you and him? They teach you the lesson of being clam, patient and forbearing in every adverse circumstances in midst of all provocation. They thereby render you the greatest service, so forbear, forgive and forget.”

You can counteract a disease only by its antidote. Love is the only antidote to hatred. When you feel like hating a man, try to remind yourself that he is a form of your own self. - Meher Baba

 

CHAPTER-18

HONESTY

Quote

Honesty is keynote to divinity.

Honesty will guard you against false modesty and will give you the strength of true humility.

Absolute honesty is essential in one’s search for God (Truth). The subtleties of the path are finer than hair. The least hypocrisy becomes a wave that washes one off the path

Always be honest in your love for Me and you will find Me.

Be sincere, natural and honest with yourself.

Be absolutely honest. God is infinite honesty.

Be honest with yourself and God. You may fool the world and your neighbor, but you can never escape from the knowledge of the omniscient.

Be natural. If you are dishonest, do not try to hide yourself behind the curtain of honesty. That, however, does not mean that you should be dishonest. What I want to say is that you must be most natural rather than the least hypocritical.

Be honest. Weaknesses there are, but do not be afraid of them. You should be afraid of dishonesty by taking care of your actions.

Do as much you can do but do it honestly.

God is infinite honesty.

On the spiritual path one must have 100% honesty. The slightest tinge of hypocrisy leads one away from God. It is better to be an unbeliever (atheist, agnostic) than to be a hypocrite or false saint. And it is better to deny God than to defy Him! To be honest, atheist in no fraud.

Remain honest and do not compromise.

We have to be honest in our thoughts and deeds; God wants us to be absolutely honest. It is better not to believe God than to pose as one who loves God. Only when we become honest can we find God, even while attending our worldly duties, because then we feel detached. I give My love and blessings for the attainment of this honesty.

Meher Baba said

Try to remain honest at all cost and under any circumstances

If a person acts dishonestly with us; if people create difficulties for us, if people deceive us, yet we remain honest. We are very fortunate, because these deceivers; or so called enemies are our friends. They wash off our weaknesses; our sins, and make our path clear towards God. They do not deceive us but they help us; and deceive themselves.”

“People die in all sorts of ways but it is nothing to be upset about; they are born again and again in different gross bodies. But during one’s lifetime, one should do whatever one honestly feels without getting attached to actions.

Remain honest even you suffer-an episode

Once, Baba was Guruprasad, Pune and a Baba lover came to Meher Baba and handed over something wrapped in a hankie. Baba found that there was money inside, about Rs. 4,000, and He put the bundle in the cupboard.

The next day, a Baba lover from Inghota, Hamirpur, came to Him (Baba) and said, "My money has been stolen.  I do not have the funds to go back to Inghota, and need about Rs. 2000.”

“Where did it happen?” I asked him.

"I don't know," he answered.  "The money was in my pocket.  When I put my hand in my pocket, I found that my pocket had been cut and that the money was not there."

Baba opened cupboard and showed him the hankie.  "Oh!  This is my hankie and my money!’ he exclaimed.

Baba told him, "One person brought this to Me after Arti.  So it must have happened here."

A pickpocket must have come while Arti was being sung, even though Baba was present.  This pickpocket cut the man's pocket, and the money fell out.  But when Arti ended, people opened their eyes, so the pickpocket could not take the money.

Now see, even before God, devils play these tricks.  Because of selfishness, greed, and temptation everywhere, such situations are created by demons.  And because of this, honest persons suffer.  Actually, this suffering is a blessing for honest people.  If your situation is miserable, and even amidst that situation, you remain honest, that is a great thing.  You get courage and faith in God.  The test for us, of course, is to remain honest, even though we suffer.

Be honest- another episode

Baba expressed a desire to play a game of marbles that morning. Ten or twelve of the mandali took part in it, and Baba hit seven shots at one stroke. The game lasted for half an hour. The members of reception committee were amazed to see Baba playing marbles, and when game was over, He stated: “After many years, I have again played marbles. But in fact, since eternity I have been playing marbles with the universe, and have never once missed the mark.

I am the smallest of small and biggest of the big. This is My actual experience. And one who gets purified completely will know Me to be everyone.

I have been repeatedly saying we must be honest. The least hypocrisy truly drives the infinite which is Baba. So My blessings are for this honesty in loving God.

Behram (disciple) was reprimanded by Meher Baba on lying with Him-as episode.

Baba went to see His brother Beheram.

Baba met His brothers Jal, Beheram and his family at their family's home. Beheram's three-year old twins, Rustom and Sohrab, were identical and Baba asked Perin, "Which is Sohrab and which is Rustom?" Perin could tell them apart, but Jal and Beheram could not. Baba asked her for a hint to distinguish them.

While having a domestic discussion, Beheram told a lie, which displeased Baba. "You're lying even to Me! It is not good to lie. Never speak falsely again, to Me or to anyone else."

Beheram acknowledged his mistake and sought Baba's forgiveness. But the next moment, he thought: "Even Baba lies at times."

Without asking what he was thinking, Baba smiled and spelled out to His younger brother: "I am God, and can do as I please. But you should do as I tell you.

All this is My creation and for its good, I may do anything and everything. From that point of view, even My telling a lie is speaking the truth, because Truth can never lie.

Speak indifferently-when you need not to tell truth or lie, as episode.

It was year 1967, one of Baba lover; Mr.V.V.K Rao and his wife Laxmi Bai Rao (Kaku) were running a Baba Centre in Parel, Bombay. They were staying in the centre’s building. They have put up a board of Avatar Meher Baba Parel Centre outside the building. This house was a rented one and their landlord, in order to get it vacated had filed a court case against them and forcibly removed the board also. By removal of board Kaku Rao got a severe shock and fell on the bed and for her treatment doctor has to be called. Now, Mrs. Kaku Rao thought how to inform about this incident to Baba. Baba was in seclusion in those days and no one was permitted to meet Him. One of her friend of Mrs. Laxmi Bai named Mrs. Pushpa Reparse suggested her that they will go to Meherabad and stay there for ten days. Kaku Rao found her suggestion proper and both proceeded to Ahmednagar and directly went to Baba’s secretary Adi Kaka. When they reached, Adi immediately asked them, “How did you both come here?  Don’t you know Baba is in seclusion and He does not meet any one?” Both ladies returned from there and stayed in lodge in Ahmednagar. Next day when Adi went to Baba in Meherazad, Baba asked about the health of Kaku and Adi told the yesterday’s story to Baba. Next day Baba asked over phone about the health of Kaku and said Adi to tell Kaku to come to Meherazad tomorrow dressed in good cloth.  Next day, at 10 a.m., Reparse also reached in the premises of Ahmednagar centre. All the three including Adi went to Meherazad in car.

Baba kept His finger on His mouth and asked by gesture, “Don’t you know that I am in seclusion and does not meet any one.”

Kaku replied, “Baba, You called therefore we have come.”

Baba asked, “Did you want to come over here.”

Kaku replied, “Yes Baba.”

Baba said, “Whatever you said internally, I have heard. Now I give you ten minutes only. Tell Me whatever you want to say, tell it fast.”

Baba knew everything, still He heard everything what Kaku told and said, “Why did you get a shock by removal of Parel Centre Board that was of wood and the purpose of that is completed. Have you My board in your heart? Court case is against the centre and not on you. The case is against Me. Why do you worry? Arrange bigger programs outside. I will help you.”

Baba gave ten medicine tablets and said, “Repeat My name and take one tablet every day. Everything is in the name not in medicine. The purpose of My centre is one hundred percent complete. You are associated in this universal work.  I am very happy with you. Whatever you do My blessings will be with you. Your ten minutes are over, now you can leave. On returning home if others ask you whether you had Baba’s darshan or not. But you need not tell all these.”

Kaku replied, “No Baba, if somebody asks me even then I will tell, I did not get darshan.

Baba said. “No don’t tell lie and see don’t tell the truth.”

On this Kaku told, otherwise I have to tell the truth.”

Baba said, “Don’t tell the truth also.”

Now, Kaku was worried in the mind as what she has to do. She had a problem of not telling the truth and even not to lie. Then what to do?

Baba finding a solution to this problem said to Kaku,” See, going outside people will ask you that did you go to Meherazad. Did you see Baba? You can tell, “Don’t you know that Baba is in seclusion nowadays?”

Sheriarji (father of Meher Baba) did not lie yet saved life of Muslim girl-an episode.

Every day, in peaceful contemplation, Sheriar as a boy, would sit alone in the compound of the funeral grounds immersed in the remembrance of God. Sheriar's heart had awakened and he began to long for the sight of God. One day when he was absorbed in concentration, all of a sudden he was startled to see a young woman running toward him. When the woman, a Zoroastrian, reached him, he saw that she was perspiring, out of breath and exhausted. Tearfully, she told Sheriar that Muslims were chasing her and begged him to help save her from capture. Nearby was a small bakery where naan (unleavened bread) was prepared in memory of the deceased, distributed to the poor by their relatives. That day no one had died and so the large oven was not lit. Sheriar guided the girl to it, helped her climb inside and then returned to his place of meditation.

Shortly thereafter, several Muslim horsemen came galloping up to the tower and demanded, "Boy, did you see a girl run past this way a few minutes ago?"

Sheriar replied, "I have been here for almost an hour but I haven't seen even a dog pass by.”

No girl has run from here." Believing him, the Muslims rode off and Sheriar was happy he had not lied. It was a fact that no dog had wandered past that day and the girl had not run from there. Sheriar went back to the bakery and safely escorted the young woman to her home, where he was received with deep gratitude by her family.

Honesty is the first stepping stone on the path of God realisation

Spiritual aspirant needs to be absolutely honest in thought, word and deed. Slightest deviation, intentional or unintentional will amount to hypocrisy to some extent. Developing one virtue, say honesty only inculcates other virtues also. Kabir, the Perfect Master of His time said, ‘Eke sadhe sa sadhe, sub sadhe sab jai.’ which means: If one masters one virtue, all other virtues will develop automatically and if one tries to master many virtues simultaneously, one is led to nowhere.

 

CHAPTER-19

HYPOCRISY

Quotes

Hypocrisy is the worst thing.

Hypocrisy is said to be tribute which vices pays to virtue.

A scoundrel is better than these people for he at least appears as he is. People can recognize him and take precautions to stay away from him. But these orthodox persons are a danger to people. They are devils in the guise of saints.

Common frailty of not facing, accepting and acknowledging one’s own weakness gives rise to hypocrisy.

It is better to deny God than to defy God. What I mean by this is that the one who does not believe in God and performs his duty honestly is far better than those hypocrite saints who pose as teachers, who profess outside what they are not within.

If the least hypocrisy creeps into your thoughts, words and deeds, God, who is the innermost self in us all, keeps Himself hidden.

Least hypocrisy is the wave that washes one off the Path.

On the spiritual Path, hypocrisy is the only sin. Be honest.

The only thing that God does not forgive is posing, a show of what you are not inwardly.

There is a demoralizing cleavage between what man is and what he wishes to appear to be. When hypocrisy comes into play, it works much greater havoc within one’s own psyche than in the outer sphere. The perceptible damage in the outer sphere is great, but the unperceived damage in the spiritual   realm is stupendous.

They are the hypocrites who constantly doubt and are inclined to believe in Me sometimes and indulge in slanderous talk about Me at other times.-Meher Baba

Meher Baba explained

Self-delusion

Imagination of a self deluded man is so strong that he does not doubt he is what he thinks himself to be!  He feels he really is this or that person. This delusion is very positive but it is, after all, delusion. And although these men are not hypocritical, they are dangerous, but not so seriously.

Self delusion is unfortunate but hypocrisy is inexcusable. The self-deluded do not know but thinks that he knows. The hypocrite knows that he does not know but pretends that he does.

Hypocrisy

A hypocrite knowingly pretends to be what he is not. Hypocrisy is a million-headed cobra.  Hypocrisy is the worst thing — in every walk of life it consciously or unconsciously persists. It is no sin if one does not believe in God, but to be a hypocrite is a sin! If you have no faith, it does not matter.

Today there are so-called saints in the world who tell people to be honest and not hypocritical, yet they themselves are deeply involved in dishonesty. If you cannot love God and cannot lead saintly lives, then at least do not make pretence of it. The worst scoundrel is better than a hypocritical saint.

There are seven such hypocrites in the world, three or four of whom the mandali know. They said that Baba had blessed them and they were My successors. Each of them had a large following. They are now no longer posing. Rich, influential people used to go to them to pay their respects. They garlanded them, took them for rides in their car and generally revered them. I put a stop to it and forgave them. Now they no longer pretend.

There should not be even a trace of hypocrisy. Posing is the only sin that God can never forgive. However vile or low a scoundrel may be, if he mixes with others as a scoundrel and admits it openly, he can be forgiven. If he acts and behaves as he really is, there is no posing.

The purpose in My telling you this is that if you love Me there is no reason why you should hide your love from others. But if you do not love Me, then do not pretend and say to others that you love Me. If you feel I am the Avatar, say so to others boldly, but if you do not then don't pose.

We are all Hypocrites in one way

We all are, in a way, hypocrites, in as much as we always try to justify ourselves, right or wrong. According to the Vedantists and the Sufis, God does everything; everything is done according to His Will and in accordance with His laws. In a way, that is all right; but being short of one truth, the whole of it is not right. And the lack of truth is the lack of experience behind the assertion. Without having gained the actual experience, to act according to facts of experience is not only silly like a tutored parrot expressing love to a girl, but such assertions based on mere reasoning and logic lead to lust and dust. The reactions of the actions based on such "ignorance of knowledge" are too terrible to contemplate, apart from other consequences like lunacy or nervous breakdown.”

Hypocrisy is inexcusable.

God is infinite Honesty and compassion and as God, I forgive everything except hypocrisy. So, never pretend to what you are not.

Let us put an end to all hypocrisy. Let the hypocrisy be completely wiped out from your hearts. You should all have one heart, a clean heart. We are one finally. I would love to see it.

There is no sin to trash a hypocritical saint-an episode.

When Krishnaji behaved, imitating Baba's silence, and he used a board to tell all that he was directly under Meher Baba's guidance, is the height of hypocrisy. Baba has never told Krishnaji anything other than that he should not dupe people by assuming the role of a pseudo-saint (as he had confessed to Baba that he had been doing before he met Baba), but should above all be honest and lead a pure life of humility and love for Baba.

In short, bring home to this trickster that he is free to lead any life he wants to, but he should stop taking Meher Baba's name in vain and stop immediately trading in Baba's name.

The climax of the whole affair occurred on March 10th, 1964, when Kumar went to see to Krishnaji. Kumar locked the door to the room where they met and proceeded to give the scoundrel several sound slaps, asking him why he was behaving so dishonestly. Krishnaji’s "followers" forced the door opened, and Kumar gave their so-called guru two or three more slaps in their presence while Krishnaji raged.

After the incident with Kumar, Krishnaji issued a circular about it as well as defending himself. In response, in April, Adi issued one of his own, giving the true picture of the facts. Kumar was even thinking of taking Krishnaji to court for libel.

Later that year when Kumar met Baba at Meherazad, Baba asked him, "Why did you go and beat Krishnaji? Now, look at all these complications, so many circulars, and letters! It is a mess!"

Kumar pointed to the board in Mandali Hall on which was written (in Marathi) Tukaram's couplet to the effect that "It is no sin to thrash a hypocritical false saint." Kumar said, "Here in Your own darbar (court). You keep such a sign. I was merely following its advice." Baba smiled faintly, but instructed Kumar to dismiss the idea of taking Krishnaji to court.

 

 

   
   
 
   

The climax of the whole affair occurred on March 10th, 1964, when Kumar went to see to Krishnaji. Kumar locked the door to the room where they met and proceeded to give the scoundrel several sound slaps, asking him why he was behaving so dishonestly. Krishnaji’s "followers" forced the door opened, and Kumar gave their so-called guru two or three more slaps in their presence while Krishnaji raged.

After the incident with Kumar, Krishnaji issued a circular about it as well as defending himself. In response, in April, Adi issued one of his own, giving the true picture of the facts. Kumar was even thinking of taking Krishnaji to court for libel.

Later that year when Kumar met Baba at Meherazad, Baba asked him, "Why did you go and beat Krishnaji? Now, look at all these complications, so many circulars, and letters! It is a mess!"

Kumar pointed to the board in Mandali Hall on which was written (in Marathi) Tukaram's couplet to the effect that "It is no sin to thrash a hypocritical false saint." Kumar said, "Here in Your own darbar (court). You keep such a sign. I was merely following its advice." Baba smiled faintly, but instructed Kumar to dismiss the idea of taking Krishnaji to court.

 

CHAPTER-20

JEALOUSY

Quotes

Jealousy comes from the poverty of heart and is essentially selfish.

Jealousy is not born of love, but of pretty mindedness and dies simultaneously with the death of petty mindedness.

Spiritual jealousy leads to advancement, while material jealousy leads to ruination and hatred. - Meher Baba

Meher Baba explained

Only spiritual Jealousy is beneficial

Only spiritual jealousy of love for Baba is good and beneficial as it imbibes the good sanskaras of other’s love for Baba to whom you are jealous as well as Baba’s (impression less) by keeping Baba always on the back of his mind in doing so.

Always remember, “The impressions of the Beloved, whether in worldly love or divine love, have their effect on you.” If you love “A” his impressions will attach to your mind without your knowing it; and if you become jealous of someone else, the impressions of both will affect you. That is, if Kim loves Me, My impressions, which are divine, will affect her; and if you are jealous of her, then My infinite impressions, plus hers of love for Me, will both affect you.

Therefore, jealousy in physical love is not good, while jealousy in spiritual love is good. Where there is love, there is jealousy. One automatically follows the other; there is no need to create it.

An- episode

Finding Kim doing Baba’s personal work and herself excluded from it, Minta took it so badly she quietly went up to the third floor of the train station, determined to jump out the window! None of the persons present knew this, but the All-Knowing One sent Adi Sr. to find her. Adi reached the third story and caught her just as she was about to commit suicide. He took Minta to Baba, who pacified her and explained to her as she wept.