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EPISODE-38

(PANJ PYARE-1 BHAI DAYA SINGH & NIRAMJAN SINGH)

Bhai Daya Singh

Guru Gobind Singh came into this world with a special mission. He was the tenth Sadguru Sikh sect and performed certain duties for the emancipation of mankind. The Guru thus decided to evolve a new order with the sole object of making people realise the necessity of sacrificing their lives for the cause of dharma, righteousness. People should fight against the tyranny of the rulers, he said.
The Guru sent letters to his devotees, throughout the country, to come to Anandpur to attend the festival of Baisakhi. The devotees started converging on Anandpur like swarms of locusts. The year was 1699. A day before the first of Baisakh, a large number of people, including many women and children, collected at Anandpur. A large shamiana was pitched and decorated with buntings and flowers. Hymns from Sri Guru Granth Sahib were recited and divine atmosphere was created. Guru Gobind Singh was present in the pandal and listened attentively to the chanting of Asa-di-Var. He sat motionless for some time and then stood before the huge gathering, estimated to be about eighty thousand. His eyes were red like rays of the sun. He took His sword from the scabbard and flashing it in His hand, thundered like a lion: “My devoted Sikhs! My comrades! The goddess of power clamours for the head of brave Sikh. Is there anyone among this huge gathering ready to sacrifice his dear life at its call?”

Complete silence prevailed. People were stunned. They thought something had gone wrong with the Guru. The Guru once again roared. Again, there was no reply. The whole assembly was thrown into consternation. The Guru repeated His call. There was hushed silence. What the Guru wanted nobody knew. No Guru before Him had ever demanded the head of his followers like this. The Sikhs were surprised at the demand of the Guru who had all along been bestowing great affection on them. It was an amazing call. “Is there not one among the thousands who has faith in Me.” were the last words uttered by the Guru, flashing His eyes. People present there trembled. Now, Bhai Daya Ram, a Khatri of Lahore, stood up with folded hands before the Guru to the astonishment of the whole gathering. It was unique scene – the Sikh offering His head. The Guru caught him by arm and took him inside the tent specially pitched for the purpose. The Guru, after a few moments, came out with his sword dripping with blood. Blood flowed from the tent too. The Guru then asked for another man to offer his head.

Again, the call came. Four more offered their head one by one.

Then Guru himself went into the tent and brought out the five Sikhs he had taken into the tent earlier. They were dressed in new clothes, with blue turbans on their heads and in loose long yellow shirts. They had waist bands and wore under wears of a special style, with swords hanging by their sides. They looked attractive and handsome like soldiers of velour. The audience was awe-struck. The Guru named them Panj Payaras, the five beloved ones. The whole congregation shouted with one voice Sat-Sri-Akal, Victory of God. The Guru address them thus; “I wish all of you embrace one faith and follow one path, obliterating all difference of caste and religion. Let the four Hindu castes mentioned in the Shastras be abandoned altogether and the path of co-operation with one another be adopted. Let nobody think himself superior to another. Do not follow the old scriptures. All should follow the tenets of Guru Nanak and his successors. Let men of the four castes receive My baptism and eat from the same vessel. Let nobody feel contempt for the other”.

Once again, the sky resounded with the shouts of Sat-Sri-Akal. The Guru was extremely delighted. He had achieved his objective. A new path was shown by him to his followers – the path of valours, devotion and sacrifice.

Bhai Daya Singh was one of the Panj Piare or the five beloved celebrated in the Sikh tradition. He was son of Bhai Suddha, a Sobti Khatri of Lahore, and Mai Diali. His original name was Daya Ram. Bhai Suddha was a devout Sikh of Guru Tegh Bahadur and visited Anandpur more than once to seek his blessing. In 1677, he travelled to Anandpur along with his family including his young son, Daya Ram, to make obeisance to Guru Gobind Singh, this time to settle there permanently. Daya Ram, already well versed in Punjabi and Persian, engaged himself in the study of classics and gurbani. He also received training in the use of weapons.

In the historic divan in the Kesgarh Fort at Anandpur on 30 March 1699, he was the first to rise at the Guru’s call and offer his head, followed by four others in succession. These five were the first to be admitted to the fold of the Khalsa and they in turn administered the rites of initiation to Guru Gobind Singh who called them collectively Panj Piare. Daya Ram after initiation became Daya Singh. Although the five enjoyed equal status as the Guru’s close confidants and constant attendants, Bhai Daya Singh was always regarded as the first among equals. He took part in the battles of Anandpur, and was one of the three Sikhs who followed Guru Gobind Singh out of Chamkaur on the night of 74 December 1705, eluding the besieging hordes. He was Guru Gobind Singh’s emissary sent from the village of Dina in the Punjab to deliver his letter which became famous as Zafarnamah, the Letter of Victory, to Emperor Aurangzeb, then camping at Ahmednagar. Bhai Daya Singh, accompanied by Bhai Dharam Singh, another of the Panj Piare, reached Ahmednagar via Aurangabad, but found that it was not possible to have access to the Emperor and deliver to him the letter personally as Guru Gobind Singh had directed. Daya Singh sent Dharam Singh back to seek the Guru’s advice but before the latter could rejoin him with fresh instructions, he had managed to have the letter delivered, and had himself returned to Aurangabad. A shrine called Gurdwara Bhai Daya Singh marks the place of his sojourn in Dhami Mahalla.

Bhai Daya Singh and Bhai Dharam Singh returned and, according to Sikh tradition, they re-joined Guru Gobind Singh at Kalayat, a town 52 km southwest of Bikaner in Rajasthan. Bhai Daya Singh remained in attendance upon the Guru and was with Him at the time of His death at Nanded on 7 October 1708. He died at Nander soon after and a joint memorial there for Him and for Bhai Dharam Singh known as Aaigitha (lit. burning pyre) Bhai Daya Singh and Bhai Dharam Singh marks the site of their cremation.

Bhai Daya Singh was a learned man. One of the Rahitnamas, manuals on Sikh conduct, is ascribed to him. The Nirmalas, a sect of Sikh schoolmen, claim him as one of their forebears. Their Darauli branch traces its origin to Bhai Daya Singh through Baba Dip Singh.

In the institution of Panj Payaras the names of the five Beloved one’s have a very special significance. Bhai Daya Singh Stands for Compassion, Bhai Dharam Singh signifies the rule of Dharma or justice, Bhai Himmat Singh, denotes courage, Bhai Mohkam Singh refers to discipline and serenity, and Bhai Sahib Singh represents Sardari or Leadership/Sovereignty. Thus Guru Gobind Singh looking for an element of all five (Compassion, Justice, Courage, Discipline and Leadership) among His Khalsa.

 

Principal Niranjan Singh-as one of Punj Piyare of Avatar Meher Baba

Prof. Niranjan Singh, principal of Camp College then near Birla Mandir in Delhi was a distinguished scholar in Chemistry. He was an educationist and had held many important posts in erstwhile Punjab of undivided India.

Prof. Niranjan Singh came to know about Meher baba and His philosophy from Was Deo Kain. It was probably in the year 1952, that Prof. Niranjan Singh wrote his first letter to Meher Baba though W. D. Kain. Prof. Niranjan Singh had doubts and would cross examine with Mr. Kain on various points. One day while discussing with W. D. Kain he was told that most of the troubles worrying him were due to his past impressions (sanskaras). At the he asked Mr. Kain to write to Baba “ What is the glory of the guru (Master) if he cannot cancel the past actions (Karmas) and what is use of going under the protection of lion if a jackal was going to frighten him.” Baba was amused to read that letter and promptly came a reply through Eruch. Baba says, “But first surrender to the lion.”

In 1952, Mrs. Niranjan Singh was apprehensive of meeting Meher Baba. She deeply felt repeating the name of ‘Guru Nanak’ was better than meeting sadhus and saints. But it so happened that on 30th November 1952, W.D. Kain went to their house and informed them of Meher baba’s darshan programme and took then in a taxi to Prakash Chand house at 10, Tagore Road where baba was to give darshan. Mrs. Niranjan Singh recollects, “I cannot describe how elegantly Meher baba was got down from the taxi and swiftly moved and entered the house and sat on the sofa meant for Him. He was wearing white sadra. He was charming and lovely. His beauty was ethereal. I was stupefied by His presence. God knows what fear I had. I was unable to enter the house. I sat in the last row. I remember Baba asked the name of my husband. Baba said by His gestures, “Niranjan sigh is a pure gem.” all this was happening as if in a dream but I was still frightened. Just then Baba spoke through Eruch, “Are you frightened?” I quickly nodded my head and said ‘No’. Baba knew my inner state. He took my head in His hands and looked at me with so much of compassion that my heart melted and I wept continuously. The scientist and his wife came back home. The scientist had witnessed an unusual phenomenon. At times he saw Baba as Nanak and at times Baba Himself.  This confirmed his faith in the Master. On the morning of 30th November 1952, Baba dictated at the residence of W.D. Kain to be read over to Principal Niranjan Singh.

Next day again, the couple went to Kain’s house and had Baba’s darshan. The couple accepted Meher Baba as their Master. They knew for sure that Beloved Meher Baba’s spiritual status was very high.  Mrs. Niranjan recollects that Prof. Niranjan Singh was so impressed that he spoke to his collogues in the college and decided to invite Meher Baba to their college.  Invited by Niranjan Singh, in His College, Baba gave darshan to the students on 2nd December 1952. Meher Baba was received by Principal Niranjan Singh and senior professors were welcomed with garlands. There were more than 2000 students. First Niranjan Singh spoke on brief introduction of Meher baba then his own feeling. Mrs. Niranjan Singh also garlanded Meher Baba amidst loud clapping and cheering from the audience who were already mesmerized by His presence. On behalf of Meher Baba read two messages on “Soldiers of God” and “spiritual freedom” (these messages can be read from book Panj Pyare published & circulated by Waryam Singh)`

He corresponded with baba for a long time. Niranjan Singh and his wife attended a Sahwas programme for the first time in Meherabad in 1954. Niranjan Singh later narrated. In his words, Baba said to him. “In eternity nothing has happened and nothing will ever happen and all that happens now at this time it is nothing:’ amidst the gathering Baba pointed to me and said, “You must grasp it. If God has no beginning then what was before Him? The answer is God.ans what was before God? The answer again is God. The answer will always be God. Illusion has a meaning for time, cause and effect while in eternity everything happens “now”. Remember, when zero is added to one (i.e. added to the right of 1) this zero gets a value. Add as many zeros and the value increases accordingly, but if you put millions of zero before one, it has no value. Can you grasp?”

Meher Baba had explained Vedanta in a nut shell to Niranjan Singh. Scientist in him always conflicted with the spiritualist. But in His presence all his doubts would vanish as darkness vanishes by the first streak of Sun light. On next day on 30th September 1954, Baba called Niranjan Singh for an interview. Baba said to him, “I will definitely make you feel so conscious that you know Me as God definitely. Definitely in an instant, all unaware!”  Niranjan Singh eyes were filled with tears.

The Lord promised him, Himself. Baba then asked him “Do you remember the promise I gave you?”   Niranjan Singh said, “Yes Baba, You promised me that you will visit my house.”

Baba said, “It will be fulfilled, even if I were to drop My body.”

Baba explained various kinds of experiences of Kaikobad who used to repeat Baba’s name one lakh times every day. Adding that Baba said all those experiences are in illusion. At this time Niranjan Singh said to Baba, “Baba, please take charge of my mind completely.” Baba replied, “Leave it to Me.”

Meher Baba then told him, “I give the gift of suffering to My lovers with home I am happy.” great suffering awakens great understanding.” Meher Baba then embraced Niranjan Singh. Niranjan Singh asked Baba, “Can I give this embrace to my wife? Baba embraced again Niranjan Singh and said, “This is for your wife.”

Once, Niranjan Singh had a doubt. Baba says, “He is infinite but His physical body is finite. How can the infinite be bottled up in a small physical frame. Promptly reply came from Baba through Eruch. It was said that baba was amused to hear his question. Baba reminded him to read and digest the pages of the book “God Speaks”. (Full text of reply from baba is not reproduced here). Niranjan Singh was not convinced with this reply. Much later when he again visited Meherabad Baba answered his question. Meher baba answered the questions of intellectuals time to time and the answers were later published in the book entitled “The Everything and the Nothing”. One day after the book was published Niranjan Singh visited Baba and sat with the disciples before Him. Baba said asked Francis and said,” Go and get that book Niranjan Singh is responsible for.” Then Baba quarried, “Are you not happy with the book?” Mr. Singh replied, “When I left my last visit last, I was so pleased and happy. My mind was always at rest since I had asked all the questions which bothered me and You had answered then to my satisfaction. I was really in a happy state I left here of Ahmednagar railway station “

Baba persisted, “Are you not happy then that all your questions were answered. Niranjan Singh replied, “Yes, Baba. You answered all my questions but when I sat in the train, this galloping mind of mine once again started asking intriguing questions.” Baba asked, “What is intriguing you now?”  Niranjan Singh said, “A thought came to my mind like this: Baba says; He is infinite consciousness in form, but how can the infinity be bottled up in a limitation? This intrigues me Baba. How is such a thing possible?”

Baba said. “Is that the only thing that intrigues you? Look, I am the Creator and yet there are so many things intrigue Me that perhaps you being a scientist, can explain them to Me. tell Me, do you see anything outside that open door?”

“Yes, Baba I see sandals.”

“What else can you see?”

“Yes, I can see cattle grazing.”

“What else do you see?”

“People moving around.”

“What else do you see?”’

“A range of hills, baba.”

“What else?”

“Another range of hills behind that.”

“What else do you see?’

“I see the clouds.”

“It intrigues Me,” Baba said, “That these tiny eyes of yours can encompass such vastness. How is that possible? It intrigues Me how this little iris of yours can capture such vastness.”

Niranjan Singh understood and sat silent.

Niranjan Singh had corresponded with Baba many times. There are all three letters dated 26th November 1956, written By Eruch as directed by Meher Baba. (The text of letter is not produced here to make it brief)

Undoubtedly, Niranjan Singh was an intellectual giant whose heart Baba himself awakened.  (Extracted from book Panj Pyare published by Waryam Singh)

 

 

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FOREWORD

Humanity is now at a wonderful and extremely rare point of time, wherein the true seekers of God , now have the benefit of access to the fresh dispensation of message of love and truth. That this has emanated from the Avatar of the age, Meher Baba makes it even more valuable and precious. There is no need to arduously pour over multiple treatises on spirituality and even more tough methodology to seek God!

Although, Meher Baba has said “I have come not to teach but to awaken”, all His messages and discourses, makes it abundantly clear to all newbie’s at least -an extraordinary way to embrace spirituality. No other available spiritual literature makes it so easy to comprehend.  Baba in fact, says that to be most practical thing to do in the world is to be spiritually minded!.Now this would shock most people who are conditioned to think that to be spiritual is to forego the worldly life and do the rituals and ceremonies. Meher Baba says in no uncertain terms that to be spiritual, one does not need a special place, special circumstances nor is to be connected with anything away from of one’s mundane life. Baba says that spirituality’ covers all life for all time, yet it can very easily be achieved with selfless service and pure love’.  In order to make the relevant messages readily available, Shri Birendra Kumar has taken painstaking effort in compiling the messages with relevant examples. This format is very novel and this is what is required for both beginners and experienced readers as well. Shri Kumar has covered seventy messages of Avatar Meher Baba, spread over practically all aspects of life.

Indeed this is very timely publication and all lovers of God will find this volume extremely useful and relevant.

Sh. N.S. Prasad

(Hyderabad)

 

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73-THINK, BUT MUST NOT WORRY

One must sincerely try to do his duties, but the results must always be left with God. Worrying about the results is no good and of no use. If a person wishes to do anything for others, he must do it sincerely. And having done it, he should not worry about the results, for results are not in human hands. It is for humans to do, for God to ordain.

To remain aloof from results is not difficult, but men do not try. Because it is human nature to think of the results of one's actions, however, it does not mean one should worry! Man must think, but he must not worry.

Try to attribute all your acts to God and let results be His. Gandhi says he does everything for God and attributes it to Him, but he still worries because he cares about the results.

Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 5, p. 1866.

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35-HOLD FIRMLY TO THE FEET OF ONLY ONE MASTER

Following episode makes it the Baba’s directive to hold feet of one master only.

In 1937, during stay in Toka It was Baba's order for all to take a lantern while going out at night in the dark. Several days earlier, Meherjee had gone out to urinate at night, but forgot his lamp. His mistake had its immediate consequence, for a large scorpion stung him which he would have otherwise seen. The whole night, he reeled with pain and restlessness, and because of this incident, he never forgot the lesson of what happens when the Master's word is not honored. Edke was also stung by a scorpion that same night.

Gustadji's brother, Homi Hansotia, who was living in Toka at this time, knew certain mantras which were said to alleviate the pain of a scorpion's sting. Some would be benefited by his "mantra treatment" while others were not, though Homi claimed that every victim was definitely relieved.

One night, a scorpion bit Homi himself and the whole night he was in pain. The mantras did not help him, so at one point he began screaming, "O Meher Baba! O Meher Baba!" After a few minutes, he shouted, "O Sai Baba! Sai Baba!" Then he called out, "O Babajan! Babajan!" In this way, he kept calling to all the Perfect Masters to help him – first Meher Baba, then Sai Baba, then Hazrat Babajan, Narayan Maharaj, Upasni Maharaj, Tajuddin Baba and then reverting to Meher Baba again.

The next morning, Homi complained to Baba, "I was in so much pain last night that I became hoarse from calling you. But you did not listen and come to help."

"On the contrary, I heard every word, but you did not allow me to come." replied Baba. "Last night, I was in the middle of a very important meeting with the Perfect Masters. Sai Baba, Hazrat Babajan, Upasni Maharaj, Narayan Maharaj and Tajuddin Baba were all there, discussing important universal work with me, when I heard your cry. And though it was a very important and urgent issue concerning the world, I cannot ignore the call of my lover. Therefore, leaving aside this discussion, I rose to come to you, but then you shouted, 'Sai Baba! Sai Baba!' So, I thought you were calling to him and he would help you. I sat down and Sai Baba got up, but then you called out, 'Babajan! Babajan!' and he sat down.

"You kept doing this and your repeated cries to every Perfect Master convinced us that you had no faith in anyone of us. And you were simply calling on one after the other in hope that something would work. Had you called on only one with full faith, he would have helped you. What could I do? I was ready to help you, but your faith in Me was lacking."

Homi replied, "I have full faith in you, Baba."

"Had your faith in me been only fully in Me, you would have called on Me alone. Remember that by holding firmly to the feet of only one Master, your aim is achieved. But by leaving one Master for another, you will be left in the lurch."

Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, pp. 1090 - 1091.

 

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39-KEEP YOUR PROMISE AT ALL COST

Promise is almost self obedience. It also reflects hypocrisy on one’s part. Promise for anything in words for any appointment, action to help other of any kind or by any means must be fulfilled on moral as well as spiritual ground. It is better for one to express inability or reject other’s request, if one has least doubt to fulfill it. One generally takes his words lightly and forgets that he had promised saying “Yes” for something to someone in conversation or in a meeting. This necessarily needs to be avoided.

Baba’s words

A person should always act as per his promise. Don’t make false promises. First, think twice before give a promise but once you make it, keep it up at any price. If a promise made is not kept up. It is the height of hypocrisy. Never break a promise

According to the moral code of the world, one's word or promise is considered by mankind to be sacred. But He who has gone beyond time, space, cause and effect is not limited by anything. For him, there is no such thing as bondage. The infinite cannot be bound by anything finite, however sublime the aim may be. This means that one cannot limit the limitless!

For this reason and without your asking, I give you promises and your aim will be fulfilled at the proper time. But I also know that a promise can be a time-serving device. It is not meant for fulfillment, but necessitated by circumstances. It is a demand of the situation and so I do not care for its resultant reaction.

Baba always kept His promise. Baba said, “I will never let you down. Baba said that don’t make promises; if you make promise try your best to make it.”

Baba’s words

The promises given by the Masters are never vague or unfulfilled. They always come true and are fulfilled, but in their proper time. The question of time depends on the conditions or circumstances in which they are given. When Masters give their promises, they are given from the mental, or subtle, or physical plane, and thus differ in the time of their fulfillment accordingly.

For example, if a train is rushing ahead at full speed and the brakes are applied, the train does not come all at once to an immediate halt due to the momentum. It stops gradually. The period for the fulfillment of My promises is just like this momentum. If I give a promise from the gross plane, it is fulfilled exactly at the time given and comes true. If a promise is given from the subtle plane, the momentum, or force of fulfillment, is halved; the promise takes a certain amount of time, for its fulfillment was given from a higher plane. If a promise is given from the mental plane, it takes even longer for fulfillment — like a train at full throttle takes longer to come to a dead stop when the brakes are applied.

This is why the promises given by Me at different times vary in the period and details of their fulfillment. Out of sheer ignorance and inability to understand the secret behind it, you misjudge My way of working. This is the reason why some people have doubts about My power and ability to fulfil the promises I have given. They blame, ridicule and slander Me in public, and in private. But I go on doing My work in My own way, refusing to explain or disclose the manner in which I do it.

It has been My habit to give promises and break promises because I am beyond promises. I am master in the matter of telling lies. I may promise and not fulfill them. Remember that I am beyond all that too and hereafter fulfill every promise given.

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72-GO FOR EGOLESS EGO TO GET NO SANSKARA

Egoless ego

To avoid inaction on one hand and pride of action on the other, it is necessary for the aspirant to construct a provisional and working ego which will be entirely subservient to the Master (or Avatar). Before beginning any activity the aspirant should think that he is not doing it, but it is the Master who is getting it done through him. After doing it he does not claim the result of action or enjoy them but becomes free of them by offering them to Master. By training his mind in this attitude, he succeeds in creating a new ego which though provisional and working is amply able to become a source of that confidence, feeling and enthusiasm which true action may express. But this ego is spiritually harmless since it derives its life and being from the Master who represents Infinity and when the time comes it can be thrown away like an outward garment.

Better think of Me when you eat, sleep, see, work or relax. Enjoy everything and do not discard anything. Think it is Baba who is eating, sleeping soundly and when you wake up remember Baba is getting up. If you do wrong, think Baba is doing wrong. If you get a pain think it is Baba who is having pain. Keep this one thought constantly with you. If you do all this sincerely, you will know something. Say “Baba, it is you not I who is doing.” This gradually minimizes the strength of the ego and eventually destroys it.

 

Baba further explained Egoless ego- an episode

Patwardhan came to sing before Baba, and asked, "What is that action which is 'I'-less? What is not motivated by the thought of 'I'?"

Baba replied: In all actions there is "I," but the action motivated by love for the Beloved in complete surrenderance to Him has no "I" in it. It is egoless ego.

In true love, the lover wants to seek the happiness of the Beloved without any thought of self. He then feels that he loves all. This is the highest state of love. All other actions, good or bad, are binding. The actions of one, who has surrendered one hundred percent to a Perfect Master, or the Avatar, have no "I" thought. In true surrenderance, there is no thought of "Why?" and "Wherefore?" Once your surrenderance is complete, all actions done by you are not yours. You have to renounce nothing but your own self. One has ultimately to go beyond the mind, because the state of Reality is beyond it.

Actions which does not bind sanskaras

The give-and-take of sanskaras depends on the attitude of the mind, i.e. if you do a certain action with good intentions, you catch good sanskaras, and if with bad intentions, bad sanskaras ... When you go on a hunt, you kill an animal for the sake of sport and enjoyment. You therefore take its bad sanskaras. But suppose you are going through a forest and a wild animal attacks you. In order to defend yourself, you kill it. In that case, you do not catch any sanskaras.

That is why, without attracting sanskaras, you may destroy the lives of bugs, mosquitoes, scorpions, et cetera, which cause injury to humanity. You may kill the serpent which comes to bite you; but you must not kill the serpent which you happen to see in a jungle while taking a walk

 

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71-SPREAD HIS NAME AND WORK FOR HIS CAUSE 

The two words Prachar (Publicity) and Prasar (Extension) appear to be similar but there is vast difference. Any activity of expression or display for profit of self or a group amounts to Prachar (Publicity) and opposite to it when this is meant for the benefit of others without any self interest is Prasar (Extension). This analysis is based on vocabulary and dictionaries.

According to Baba:

Baba was against any kind of publicity in His name. He even did allow to refute the blame against Himself or any punish the false detractor claiming to be Avatar. But Baba was not averse to Prasar i.e. spreading of His name. He said to His lovers that you can spread My name telling others My name only. Let others hear My name and it is My responsibility to reach their heart through ear. You are not to preach My Philosophy. Do not insist the followers of any other sect or a Master to come to Meher Baba.

Baba Himself asked His lovers to donate for His welfare activities but at same time He said Money has no consideration compared to obedience of My orders.  Baba also stated to His workers that for My work (Prasar Activity) if you think that money is the hindrance then better stop My work. A single pie collected in My name and misappropriated may cause million of births.

Live such a pure and simple life that others may get motivated by your behaviour and come to Me.

Baba’s words

Let true workers become Baba's centres. And, for God's sake, for Baba's sake, beware of money. One pie taken from others with false pretensions makes one die a million deaths! Let principle in work and honesty in life prevail. If money is collected for Baba’s work and spent without being accounted, then all the work in the name of Divine cause must be stopped.

All those who love Me and want to work can share My message with others. Those who have money and can afford to go from place to place should spread My message of love in distant nooks and corners. Those who have little money can easily go around their own towns and, by living the life of love, inspire others to love God. Those who have no money, large families and no spare time, should share their love with their own family members and friends. Let Baba's love be the centre, the office, and the work.

It is better not to work for Baba if you have to differ and fight with one another.

You should not make any propaganda in My name. I do My work alone.

Don’t practice false propaganda. What your heart says and your conscience says about Me, pour out without hesitation. Be unmindful of whether you are ridiculed or accepted in pouring out your heart for Me to others. Do not rule out your conscience and do not exaggerate merely for propaganda.

Do not force anyone to attend Baba’s programme or thrust your opinion on them. Your work is to tell people who Baba is and clarify that Ram Bhakti is also Baba Bhakti. There should be no quarrel over Jai Ram or Jai Baba. But your faith should always be staunch.

For My work I need no one. And yet I tell you to be with Me and ask the workers in Andhra to work for me for four months. If you look back on My life and work, I never have anything permanent. Hospitals, schools, ashrams were constructed and pulled down, because I have no need of any establishment or organization. Yet I want workers. Why? To make people ready to receive what God will make Me give.

I want such persons who can demolish the roofs of low desires by spreading My message of love, so that when the time comes – like a cloudless day at twelve noon – people can receive the rays.

Do not get involved in controversies, societies, factions, or such affairs. I wish you to work wholeheartedly as one unit, as one center for four months. Just work and prepare people by informing them of the message of honesty, love and longing for God. Make them enthusiastic so that what God makes me give in December, they will be able to receive.

when you work wholeheartedly, God, Who is everywhere and knows everything, gives you rewards from Him without your asking. Even if I am the Devil, God will reward you according to your work!

God is free, independent; and to know Him, we must work wholeheartedly and with no reservation. One who is free does not like any reservation. If you work for Him honestly, with an open heart, God helps. Do not become a flatterer and never be dishonest to yourself and others. Be natural and honestly simple. I consider one as my center who loves Me wholeheartedly for the sake of love.

Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 12, pp. 4198 – 4199. 

 

 

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70-SNAKE CAN BE KILLED.

Following episode makes it clear

The same day March 28, 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. Later in the evening after dinner, he remarked about snakes, "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." On another occasion, the men killed a snake at lower Meherabad, and Padri brought it to Baba who crushed its head. To Padri, he explained, "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 untangles itself and the soul is free to continue on its way through evolution."

(Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 7, p. 2269)

 

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69-SERVE OTHERS TO FEEL OBLIGATED

Babas said

In selfless service the recipient does not feel that he is under any obligation to the person who has helped. Never think you are obliging anybody by rendering any kinds of help on contrary believe that the recipient of your generosity has given you a chance to serve. Serve to other without expectation of appreciation. True selfless service means the rendering of service to other without any thought of gain or reward, and also without least intention of putting others under an obligation.

Intricacies of Selfless service

It is very important that service, even when it is utterly selfless, be guided by spiritual understanding; for selfless service when unintelligently handled, often creates chaos and complications. For every problem it solves, it often creates ten other problems owing to the unforeseen and uncontrollable side results of such activity. Worldly people try to counteract evil through opposition, but in doing so they often unconsciously become authors of other evils.

If the action is to be pure blessing for the universe, it must be born of consummate understanding of life. Selfless service must be based upon understanding if it is to be unmixed boon for all concerned.

That which is looked upon as service by ordinary person might, under special circumstances, be considered as disservice by a Perfect master; He has unerring knowledge of the situation and a deeper grasp of its spiritual demand. The tendency to beg for food as charity creates undesirable sanskaras, and feeding a person who comes to you with this tendency, you may help him to increase the burden of such sanskaras. If you render service in order to oblige a person and if you feel proud of doing it, you not only spiritually harm the recipient of your service but also yourself. If while serving, you take a delight in it and develop pride in doing a good thing, you are getting attached to your act and thereby binding yourself. Hence the way to remain free from karma is to remain completely detached in service.

The value of service depends upon the kind of good secured through it. The kind of well-being that is sought through service will depend upon the vision of the person, and one who has the clearest perception of the final good will be in a position to render the most important and valuable type of service.

Social service

The activities you are engaged in of serving the nation and the people are good. But to acquire the full bliss through karma yoga, there is only one way and method. And that is, while rendering service, there should not be the least thought or feeling of “I serve. I do this work.” Real service requires selflessness and should be done selflessly. There should not be the least thought of “I-ness” or “I do this.” Because such egoistic thoughts create pride, which gives rise to extremely dense and deep sanskaras, and it is most difficult to eradicate these types of sanskaras.

People all over the world do some kind of service. Some persons serve their community and some their country. But in their service, the degree of egoistic self-respect and selfishness is immense. Some serve to bring their name into the newspapers, some with a view to be looked upon highly, some to gain prominence and applause, and some to appear good and decent in the eyes of others. Thus everyone serves with an ulterior motive of selfish ambition or superior pride, and this is not serving at all. What is done is all useless, worthless and totally meaningless.

The scope of service is not completely exhausted by great gestures like giving big donations to public institutions. They also serve who express their love in little things. A word that gives courage to a drooping heart, or a smile that brings hope and cheer in gloom, have as much claim to be regarded as service generous sacrifices and heroic self denials. A glance which wipes out bitterness from the heart and sets it throbbing with new love is also service, although there may be no thought of service in it. When taken by themselves, all these seem to be small, but life is made up of many such small things. And if these things are ignored, life will be not only unbeautiful but unspiritual.   

In a society which is dominated by merely material conceptions of life, service is interpreted in terms of supplying bread and clothes, or physical amenities of existence. In a society which values intellect, service is interpreted in terms of spreading learning in different forms. In a society which has developed a taste for beauty, service is interpreted in terms of organising the production and distribution of work of art. In a society which is responsive to the ineffable values of heart, service is interpreted in terms of constructing those channels which will facilitate the culture and expression of heart. And in a society which is alive to the supreme importance of the spirit, service is interpreted in terms of imparting spiritual understanding. Of these different type of service, the service which is concerned with spiritual understanding is the highest, because spiritual understanding includes the right perspective to all human problems, and promotes a solution of them all. 

Be true karma yogis; serve, but serve with absolute selflessness. Keeping your "I-ness" at arm's length, serve in the name of Beloved God

 

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68-REMEMBER BABAs NAME WHOLEHEARTEDLY AND CONSTANTLY

Baba said that aim of life is to love God and Goal of life is to become God. In order attain Godhood; seeker has to traverse all seven planes of consciousness to start with loving God. Love is defined by Baba as extreme devotion without desire. Meher Baba propagated love for God i.e. (Prem Marg). Baba said any kind of meditation, yoga, renunciation or austerities is not necessary for His lovers.

Baba said in order to love God, Love Me because I am God, He said, it difficult for you to love Me as I am ought to be loved. Hence gave us the line to start loving God by loving those whom you cannot love. He also gave 12 ways of loving God. All these are also difficult for ordinary man so Baba again relaxed conditions for us and said try to remember Me constantly and wholeheartedly right from now onward so that you do not forget My name at last moment of your life. This is also difficult to achieve by us. Then Baba furthers relaxed to take His name sincerely twice a day. It meant reciting Parvardigar & Repentance prayer is morning and evening.  Baba assured us that He will take us to final destination of God realisation blindfolded at appropriated time as designed by Him.

So, is it not that Baba has made so difficult goal of realisation so easy for us?  The  answer is yes. However it is a matter of belief for anyone which is also guided by Meher Baba.