*DIRECTIVES

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.

PREFACE

Spiritual revelations made  by Meher Baba in His books, “God Speaks and Discourses” are unique and unparallelled in the history which is hard-ore philosophy needs  concentrated efforts to assimilate. Many of discourses on different spiritual and general topics were given Meher Baba in mandali meetings. He had also conveyed many messages to be accepted and followed by Baba lovers/God seekers. Many of messages by were followed by certain episode during darshan program or conversation with disciples. Few episodes are worth to quote:

Message “Ego is hydra headed, one head is cut another springs up.”  

Episode-1

A retired captain who had then become a sanyasi (one who gives up everything and wanders on pilgrimage) would come for Baba’s darshan whenever possible. On one such occasion, he brought his wife. There was at the time a large crowd, and in his insensitive efforts to bring his wife to close despite the crowds, he almost backed right into Baba. Just in the nick of time, Eruch gave a sharp push to the sanyasi who collapsed into the laps of nearby women. Ego of captain flared and He angrily stared at Eruch and Eruch tried to explain himself. At that point Baba gestured to Eruch, ‘Be quiet!’ and then continued, ‘Now go and bow down to the man and apologize.’ Eruch promptly did as Baba ordered. Now the captain’s ego cropped up once again and he boasted to others: “See! Meher Baba gets His disciple to bow down to me.’

Message: Do not want me to want what you want but want I want you to want.

Episode-2

Deshmukh broached the subject of a certain young man he had chosen as a husband for his eldest daughter, Sanjeevani. Baba replied, "I don't like it; he is not suitable."

Earnestly, Deshmukh rejoined, "Baba, the fellow is very good. He is educated and comes from a good family."

Seeing that Deshmukh had already settled things, Baba relented, "If that is the case, proceed with the matter and let the match be made."

Coming out of the hall, Deshmukh told others that Baba had given His approval and wished that his daughter marry the young man. Overhearing this, Baba called him back and corrected him: "Is it I or you who wishes that Sanjeevani wed this boy? Don't talk like that!

"Want what I want! Instead of wanting what I want, you want Me to want what you want. And when you succeed in getting Me to agree to what you want, you even tell others that it is what I want.

Message: You need a Guru who knows the path.

Episode-3

Once, C. D. Deshmukh asked Baba, "Is it not possible to progress on the spiritual path without the aid of a guru?"

Baba answered, "Bandage your eyes, and then go find Adi and bring him here!"

Adi Jr. was in the next room, so Deshmukh asked, "How can I find him while blindfolded?"

"First blindfold yourself" Baba instructed.

Deshmukh hesitatingly tied a scarf over his eyes and Baba motioned to Chanji to lead him to Adi Jr.'s room.

Accordingly, Chanji did so and Deshmukh soon returned to Baba, who asked, "Why couldn't you go to Adi's room alone?"

"I was unable to find the way blindfolded," he said.

"So you needed the help of one who knew the way?"

"Yes, I suppose," Deshmukh acknowledged.

Baba then elaborated, "In the same way, you will not be able to find the Path. You are blindfolded by illusion. If you want to traverse the Path, you will have to seek the aid of One who knows where to find it, else you will wind up meandering here and there, probably breaking your head and both legs in the process. You will gain nothing."

Likewise many massages worth to be practised in our daily life given by Meher Baba are elaborated in Lord Meher and other books written by His disciples. This is an effort to consolidate these messages at one place. The relevant episode substantiating particular message is also written under particular heading. These massages can be considered as directives or spiritual guidelines for Baba lovers/God seekers from Meher Baba, so is the title of book.

Baba said “My wish / order is not like the order of a commander to shoot at sight. It is very difficult to obey Me. It is also important to obey Me cheerfully. If that is not possible, at least try to obey.

There would be more messages and episodes from Baba worth spiritual guidelines which could not be reached before concluding the text in this volume.

I hope reader will find it worth reading and practising in one’s daily life which would be certainly beneficial in one’s spiritual progress.

(B. Kumar)

INDEX
SL NO HEADING PAGE NO
1 Accept  suffering  as gift from God
2 Be honest under all circumstances
3 Be mindful and develop foresight
4 Be obedient to your Master
5 Be punctual
6 Be resigned to Baba’s will
7 Become a real seeker
8 Become footless and headless
9 Beware of Ego
10 Call Baba’s name to save yourself from disaster
11 Carry out arti, puja, by heart otherwise it is meaningless
12 Cleanliness  is must
13 Come for my darshan only
14 Control over mind
15 Desire less and less
16 Directives  for Baba workers
17 Display  Baba’s message at Baba’s centre
18 Do not be afraid of anything
19 Do not be mislead by miracles
20 Do not copy masters action but do what he tells you to do
21 Do not desire for occult power
22 Do not enter in politics
23 Do not kill lizards.
24 Do not waste food
25 Fast  your mind not stomach
26 Find your own weaknesses
27 Follow Baba’s wish
28 Follow the law of land
29 Forgive and forget 68
30 Fulfill your promise at any cost 71
31 Get  married if you are not fit to remain bachelor 74
32 Go directly to your own places after darshan of samadhi 79
33 Go for egoless ego to get no sanskaras 81
34 Go to samadhi for darshan only 83
35 Go vegetarian from spiritual point of view
36 Hold fast my daaman
37 Hold firmly to the feet of only one Master
38 How to recognize Perfect Master or the Avatar
39 How you should live in the world
40 Intellectual reading is not necessary
41 Keep your promise at all cost
42 Let the mind not take over heart
43 Literature worth reading
44 Love Baba to love God
45 Make best use of intellect
46 Make best use of money
47 Make me your constant companion
48 Meditation, yoga and renunciation is not necessary for baba lovers
49 Message to be displayed all centres where baba’s statues are installed
50 Never think of suicide in worst circumstances
51 No need to tell your experience to others
52 No paid pujari at Meherashan (Hamirpur)
53 No to any kind of intoxication
54 No to astrology and palmistry
55 No to backbiting
56 No to birth control but self control
57 No to gambling
58 No to gemology
59 No to hired prayer
60 No to hypocrisy
61 No to jealousy and hatred
62 No to rituals or Karm-kand
63 No to untouchability
64 No to violence except in exception
65 Prayer and repentance is must
66 Preserving baba’s words and adding no traditions
67 Remember Baba's name wholeheartedly and constantly
68 Serve others to feel obligated
69 Snake can be killed.
70 Spread Baba's name in the world

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.

 

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.

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

 

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. 

 

 

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)

 

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

 

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.