16-DIRECTIVES FOR BABA WORKERS
Baba gave following message for workers
My Dear Workers
In spite of telling you very often that I will not give you any more messages or discourses, I find myself doing just this thing which is what I do not want to do. This is because most of you do things which I do not like your doing.
I had to give you a message yesterday because you expected one; and the theme of the message was on your being my children, because despite much talk about a Baba-family, there is more a semblance than a reality of kinship among you who are the children of One Father.
True children of One Father do not greet one another with smiles and embraces and at the same time harbor grudges and ill-feeling, but they have an active concern in their hearts for the well-being of one another and make sacrifices for that well-being.
If you make me your real Father, all differences and contentions between you, and all personal problems in connection with your lives, will become dissolved in the Ocean of my love.
You are all keen on spreading my message of Love and Truth and many of you in the east and west have labored hard in this work; publishing magazines and other literature, organizing meetings, sacrificing your vacations in traveling, building halls and having statues made of me. But I wonder how much of my Love and Truth has been in your work of spreading my message of Love and Truth!
Unless there is a brotherly feeling in your hearts, all the words that you speak or print in My name are hollow; all the miles that you travel in My cause are zero; all organizations for My work are but an appearance of activity; all buildings to contain Me are empty places and all statues that you make to embody me are of someone else.
I have been patient and indulgent over the way you have been doing these things, because you have been very young children in My love, and children must have some sort of games to play. But now you are older and are beginning to realize that there is a greater work ahead of you than what you have been doing. And you have been searching your minds and hearts as to what this work might be.
It is not a different work to what you have been already doing, it is the same work done in a different way. And that way is the way of effacement, which means the more you work for me the less important you feel in yourself. You must always remember that I alone do my work. Although only the one who has become one with God can serve and work for all, I allow you to work for Me so that you have the opportunity to use your talents and capacities selflessly and so draw closer to Me. You should never think that in your work for Me you are benefiting others, for by being instrumental in bringing others to Me you are benefiting yourself.
My work is your opportunity. But when you allow yourself to intervene between you and My work, you are allowing the work to take you away from Me. When you put My work before yourself, the work will go right, although not necessarily smoothly. And when the work does not go right, it means you have put yourself between it and its accomplishment.
The way of My work is the way of effacement, which is the way of strength, not of weakness; and through it you become mature in My Love. At this stage you cannot know what real Love is, but through working for Me as you should work for Me, you will arrive at that ripeness where, in a moment, I can give you That which you have been seeking for millions of years.
Message given on another occasion
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.
Baba directed Bombay lovers
Baba says that He always feels pleased and at home when He finds His lovers living and working for His cause in an atmosphere that is surcharged with the sweetness of humility, the fragrance of harmony and the sheer simplicity of love for one another.
Baba says that there are bound to be differences of opinion among his lovers regarding the conducting of the work to be done and the manner in which it is to be done, but such differences are, in a way, always healthy and invigorating as long as they do not carry with them the sting of arrogance and insolence.
Baba always expects his lovers to remain prepared to face and overcome all opposition calmly and humbly. And when the differences are thrashed out pleasantly, with an attitude of one who sincerely desires to learn and benefit from the other’s point of view, the results thus achieved are beneficial to both the parties concerned.
As soon as you succumb to the dictates of your ego and permit arrogance and insolence to put their heads up, then this attitude recoils on Baba himself, as you are his dear lover(s) and your Beloved Baba’s head remains bowed down with humiliation. Thus our attitude in his cause becomes the cause of his continual suffering, and the burden of this cross is continually borne by him for the love he bears for us. He will continue to suffer such sustained humiliation as long as his lovers, who have come in his close association, do not begin to share this most burdensome cross. His lovers can learn now to share this by putting up with any humiliation caused to them by the misunderstanding/arrogance of others in his cause. (ww.lordmeher.org, p-5049-11th Nov, 1963; Meherazad)
A Baba Centre established any where may be source of spreading Baba’s name; a place to held Baba’s Satsang and sharing Baba’s messages and discourses. Meher Baba was averse to any kind of propaganda in His name. He said “Every heart is My centre.” Baba said that one should live such a life of love that other may get motivated to love Baba. In name of publicity, Baba made it clear that you can tell My name to others by any means but you are not to preach My philosophy. Do not insist others following a different faith or sect to come to Baba. Follow your religion and creed in which you are born which suits you best.