03-BE OBEDIENT TO YOUR MASTER
According to Baba
Obedience to Master is greater than Love. Obedience performs the will of Beloved Obedience seeks pleasure of the Beloved. Obedience is a gift from Master to man.
It is important to obey Me cheerfully. If that is not possible, at least try to obey. If I tell Rao Saheb to kill his son, and if he does not do it cheerfully but does it anyway, still he would find Me. Search your own hearts and see whether you are prepared for such obedience.
Everything is the play of the mind. If I wish, I could make the harmonium start playing itself. People would take Me for God and would be ready to surrender themselves to Me. But this would not be dedication to Me, but to the playing of the harmonium. If a dead child is made alive, people are ready to obey – but this obedience would be to resurrecting the child.
Obedience should not be mechanical
Obedience to the Master's will should not be mechanical, because it will then be monotonous, dry and uninteresting. Not only should it not be mechanical, but no thought of self at all, even for a second, should be there. How could these things be achieved? That is: it should not be mechanical and, secondly, no thought of self should be there. It is almost impossible, so what the disciple has to do is to consciously become the very will of the Master.”
If you are always conscious of keeping the Master's will, and the consciousness is not disturbed by the slightest thought, then it is not mechanical. But this is impossible without the grace of the Perfect Master. Even to understand that the Master's pleasure is your pleasure is impossible. But if you always have this steadfast thought that the Perfect Master's will is your pleasure, then it is not mechanical.
Explaining a couple of Hafiz, where the Master says "Obedience is just obedience, there is no questioning," Baba added:
You should be slaves of the Master, obeying even without thinking. If I order anyone to kill your child, you should obey Me without having even a single thought about the deed.
Three types of obedience
- Obedience of soldiers – From patriotic motives for one's country, If commander orders "Shoot!” the bullet is fired by the soldier without giving a second thought. Like the old saying, "Theirs is not to reason why, theirs is but to do or die."
- 2. Obedience of a paid servant- The more and the quicker his pay, the greater is his "Yes sir," to his employer.
- Obedience of a slave in bondage- His is compulsory obedience. We have heard that in olden days when slaves were bought and sold, theirs was a miserable life. They did their work because they were lashed and because they had no other recourse but to obey under compulsion.
- Obedience of a lover- This is the real type of obedience. His is the willing obedience – no fees or consideration, no expectation of return or reward, but love alone.
Willing obedience-is the real obedience
Willing obedience is the real type of obedience inspired by wholehearted love. Even in this last type of obedience though, there are different stages:
In the first stage the lover uses his common sense and discrimination in obeying
The second stage is characterized by literal obedience. "Castor oil obedience."
In the third stage the lover seeks the pleasure of the Master.
Another type of obedience is the state of absolute obedience. It is different from the other types. None except the advanced souls on the path can give such obedience to the Master. Those on the fifth and sixth planes alone can give such obedience to the Master.
King Muhammad Gaznavi had a slave named Ayaz, who loved him very much. He obeyed the king in every detail and carried out all his behests. Ayaz had no care for his own life and, to keep Gaznavi happy, would do anything.
But, because the king loved Ayaz more, the other courtiers were jealous and could not tolerate the king's expression of love for his slave. The king knew all about this. He once gathered his courtiers around him and, placing before them a valuable pearl, ordered them to break it into pieces with a stone! They were bewildered and thought the king had gone mad to order the destruction of such a valuable gem! Not one of them was willing to obey the king.
Gaznavi then called Ayaz and ordered him to destroy the pearl. Ayaz immediately carried out the order, shattering the pearl to pieces! Gaznavi said, "Ayaz values my word more than the pearl! What value has a gem before my words? He does anything I tell him and respects my commands. He knows nothing other than to treasure and fulfil my orders and keep my pleasure. Because he loves me so much, I love him most of all! In your eyes, the pearl is valuable, but in the eyes of Ayaz, the worth of my words and my pleasure is more!"
After the story, Baba concluded with these remarks:
If you want to be worthy of My love, be like Ayaz! But, at the moment, you are not like Ayaz, but like piyaz – onions! Because every time I handle you, you weep!
Exemplary obedience of Kalyan disciple of Swami Ramdas–a story.
There once was a Perfect Master named Swami Ramdas, who had a lover named Kalyan. Ramdas loved Kalyan very much. Though Kalyan was very obedient, he was not in the circle of the Master. One day, Swami Ramdas said to His circle members, "It is dark. Bring a lamp."
His circle members laughed. "Master, it is daylight. There is no darkness. What would we do with a lamp?”
The Master took that in, and afterwards, He called Kalyan. "There is darkness everywhere. Don't you see? Bring a lamp."
Without saying anything, Kalyan immediately brought a lamp. The circle members were very ashamed of not obeying the Master as Kalyan did. Kalyan not only brought the lamp, but when the Master said, "Don't you see? It is dark. Why don't you bring the lamp?" Kalyan thought it was dark and brought the lamp immediately.
No compromise in obedience
There can be no compromise in love. One cannot love the world, and also love God. Worldly man has to compromise, but in regard to obedience to Me, there can be no compromise according to the way of the world.
Obedience in present scenario after dropping the body by Baba.
After Baba has dropped His body there is no possibility of direct obedience of Meher Baba. Indirectly we are follow His five wishes which surly a set of directive given to all Baba lovers. These are:
- 1. Do not shirk your responsibilities.
- Attend faithfully to your worldly duties, but keep always at the back of your mind that all this is Baba's.
- When you feel happy, think: "Baba wants me to be happy." When you suffer, think: "Baba wants me to suffer."
- Be resigned to every situation and think honestly and sincerely: "Baba has placed me in this situation."
- With the understanding that Baba is in everyone, try to help and serve others. . –Meher Baba
Repentance prayer given by Baba is also set of directives not for verbal repetition but to follow it in true sense in our life.