FOREWORD, VIEW & INDEX

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FOREWORD

The title of the book, "The Divine Sense of Humour of Avatar Meher Baba" is not just a title of this book, but it invites its readers to contemplate more deeply to understand the hidden meaning and the mystical aspect behind the Avatar's Divine sense of humour.

This book will help the readers to discover the reason behind the divine sense of Avatar's humour. In order to be able to do this, we must question ourselves first as to why there is a need for the Avatar to have an additional faculty of the divine sense of humour in Him when He already has an attribute of Infinite Bliss? An appropriate answer to this enigma can be found in Baba's own revelations. Baba says, "During my ministry as the Avatar I use only my infinite knowledge. I do not make use of my infinite power and infinite bliss. This is because when God incarnates as man He has to go through universal suffering and helplessness in order to emancipate mankind from ignorance of its own suffering and helplessness."

Baba further says, if the Avatar were to use his infinite power, how could he experience helplessness? If the Avatar were to use his infinite bliss, how could he suffer? Therefore, the Avatar does not use either his infinite bliss or infinite power. Such is his infinite love and compassion for his Creation.

Baba says, "Like you, I have a body and mind and so I feel hunger and thirst, heat and cold et cetera. But I also have Universal Body and Universal mind and therefore your individual suffering is nothing compared to My eternal, infinite universal suffering. I suffer mentally and physically. My mental suffering is more intense. I suffer spiritually because I see and feel Myself bound in you by your ignorance, and so I suffer."

Amidst this universal suffering how can the Avatar sustain his physical body and continue to carry forward his Avataric mission? It is through his divine sense of humour he sustains his body in the midst of his universal suffering.

The stories which Shri Birendra Kumar has collected for his book should therefore be viewed from a totally different angle. We should not make a mistake of taking these stories as something precipitated out of worldly humour. When a worldly man makes some humour, it may make the people around him hilarious. Sometimes it may lighten the burden but our humour would never bring about inner change in us. In contrast to this Avatar's divine sense of humour will have a lasting effect on the entire humanity and it may relate to his inner Avataric work.

Shri Birendra Kumar has done a commendable job in compiling such stories in this book form so that the readers have an opportunity now to delve deeply into each story and discover for themselves the possible impact that Avatar Meher Baba has created.

On behalf of the readers and of my own I congratulate Shri Birendra Kumar for his commendable efforts to bring out this seemingly difficult project to a successful completion.

Gokaran Shrivastava

Meherabad

15th Nov., 2013

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This presentation is a compilation of humorous incidents from books written by Baba’s Mandali and Baba lovers on Baba’s life and their experiences with Avatar Meher Baba, without any change in the text except for heading where it was not available. Brief reference is made in beginning about the person to whom it relates and name of the source. I have made my best effort to avoid repetition of the events and reproduce the text accurately but still some omissions or errors might have crept in for which I beg an excuse from readers and authors of the books.

There are many humorous episodes between Baba, mandali Men and Baba lovers, documented in different books which could not be covered in this compilation. There may be undocumented incidents of humour in the memories of Baba Lovers or their sibling / relatives which I would like to include in the next volume. I therefore, earnestly request readers and Baba lovers to send me their brief narration in English.

I sincerely thank to:

Sh. Mehernath B. Kalchuri (AMBPPT Trust), Sh. Anna Khandale (Meherabad), Sh. Raj Khilnani (Mumbai) and Sh. Cyrus Khambatta (Mumbai)  for their consent to produce the excerpts from the books viz When the Whole world had slept, Lord Meher, Tears of Joy, Journey to God and Bombay’s Baba Connection

Dr. J. Kumar (Delhi), Dr. Ravi Meher (Delhi) and Sh. I.D. Kaushik (Rewa-M.P.) and Sh. H.M. Sharma (Delhi) for their help in editing the text.

 Smt. Meher Jyoti Kulshrestha (Lucknow), Sh. Mehernosh N. Mehta (Bombay), Sh. Waryam Singh (Delhi), and Sh. A.K Mehernath (Chennai) for providing valuable text material.

Sh.Gokaran Shrivastava (Meherabad) for suggesting title and writing foreword for this compilation.

Sh.M.R. Murty (Bombay), Sh. Rustom B. Falahati (Bombay), Sh. Sanjay K Thade (Kolkata), Sh.S.K Thade (Ahmednagar), Sh. N.S. Prasad (Hyderabad), Sh. T.K. Ramanujam (Meherabad), Sh. G.R.Chaursia (Nagpur), Sh. S.D. Lalit (Roorkee), Sh. P. B. Saxena (Farrukhabad), Dr. R.S. Gaur (Shivpuri), Smt. Kusum M. Singh (Delhi), Sh. Madan Bhasin (Delhi) for encouragement

Sh.Manoj Sethi, Sh. Arun K. Dixit and other members of working committee of Avatar Maher Baba Centre Delhi for cooperation and assistance.

B. KUMAR

Member

Avatar Meher Baba Centre, Delhi

Contact No-09711789177, 011-27882410

Email ID:meherbk@gmail.com

 

BRIEF SKETCH ON AVATAR MEHER BABA’s LIFE & HIS WORK

MERWAN SHERIAR IRANI, known as Meher Baba, was born in Poona, India, on February 25, 1894, of Persian parents. His father, Sheriar Irani, was of Zoroastrian faith and a true seeker of God. Merwan went to Christian high school in Poona and later attended Deccan College. In 1913 while still in college, Merwan experienced a momentous event - a meeting with Hazrat Babajan, an old Mohammedan woman and one of the five Perfect Masters of the Age. Babajan gave him God-realization and made him aware of his high spiritual destiny.

Eventually, he was drawn to seek out another perfect master, Upasni Maharaj, a Hindu who lived in Sakori. During the next seven years, Maharaj gave Merwan “gnosis” or divine knowledge. Thus, Merwan attained spiritual perfection. His spiritual mission began in 1921 when he drew together his first close disciples. It was these early disciples who gave him the name Meher Baba, which means “Compassionate Father.”

After years of intensive training of his disciples, Meher Baba established a colony near Ahmednagar that is called Meherabad. Here, the Master’s work embraced a free school where spiritual training was stressed, a free hospital and dispensary, and shelters for the poor. No distinction was made between the high castes and the untouchables; all mingled in common fellowship through the inspiration of the Master.

To his disciples at Meherabad, who were of different castes and creeds, He gave a training of moral discipline, love for God, spiritual understanding and selfless service

Meher Baba told his disciples that from July 10, 1925 he would observe silence. He maintained this silence until the end of his life, January 31, 1969. His many spiritual discourses and messages were dictated by means of an alphabet board. Much later the Master discontinued the use of the board and reduced all communication to hand gestures unique in expressiveness and understandable to many.

Meher Baba travelled to America six times, first in 1931, when he contacted his early western disciples. His last visit to America was in 1958 when He and His disciples stayed at the Center established for his work at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In India as many as one hundred thousand people have come in one day to seek his Darshan or blessing; from all over the world and then there are those who journeyed to spend a few day/days, in his presence.

An important part of Meher Baba’s work through the years was to contact and personally serve hundreds of those known in India as “masts.” These are advanced pilgrims on the spiritual path who became spiritually intoxicated from direct awareness of God. For this work He traveled many thousands of miles to remote places throughout India and Ceylon. Other vital work was the bathing and washing lepers and thousands of poor, and the distribution of grain and cloth to the destitutes.

Meher Baba asserts that he is the same Ancient One, who has come again to redeem humanity from the bondage of ignorance and to guide individuals to realize their true Self which is God. Meher Baba is acknowledged by his many followers all over the world as the Avatar of the Age.

INDEX

SL NO HEADING PAGE NO
1 Beside puris you have brought love 14
2 Poetry 14
3 Never do as I do but do as I say 15
4 Physical Labour 15
5 The car was a steal 16
6 He is so fortunate to have sing before me 17
7 There is nothing like good or bad 17
8 Real hair or a wig 18
9 What wealth is greater or higher than your love 18
10 Found him found him 18
11 You three mastani occupy room 19
12 I said enough but you won’t listen 19
13 Darshan of old time lovers 20
14 Sahwas at Hasman hall 20
15 Baba’s revelations after watching ten commandants 23
16 Soda water 24
17 I like singing to be from the heart 24
18 Baba’s eyes are everywhere 25
19 Picnic at Juhu 25
20 God has innumerable children 26
21 Splintering hits 27
22 Crazy people try to hypnotize the avatar 27
23 Don’t Speak with women 28
24 Baba ka prasad to Bhau 28
25 Soda water 29
26 Falooda on Bhau’s head 30
27 Board around my neck 31
28 Bhau loses a mast 32
29 Bhau eats like a giant 32
30 Eruch steals aspirin 34
31 Chocolate cotton 35
32 Miscellaneous orders 35
33 I want love 36
34 I won you lost 37
35 Gulmai sew the shirt of Gustadji 38
36 Manjile Meem 38
37 Gustadji become a proxy for Baba 39
38 Gustadji lost temper 39
39 Gustadji brought golden ring from Mehera 39
40 Gustadji observed silence 40
41 Donkey riding Gustadji 40
42 Who is dumb 41
43 They mistook Gustadji as Arab 42
44 Childlike Gustadji 43
45 Baba played a trick 43
46 Gustadji at Taj Mahal 44
47 Gustadji’s obedience pleases me 45
48 Bhajia treat 45
49 Baba ka prasad to Gustadji 46
50 You have fallen into a ditch 46
51 I fell in a pit 46
52 Story of Amir 47
53 Baba’s warning 48
54 If Chanji comes you will have to go 50
55 My blood on the wall 51
56 I hate the girl 51
57 Mystery of my marriage 52
58 I was not in new life 53
59 Baba embraced the rascal 54
60 My suicide episode 56
61 I had to leave 57
62 My work is finished 57
63 Bombay excursion 57
64 Friend Khodu 58
65 Simply exchange of gross medium 59
66 Munshi Ram 59
67 Mercy for drug addict 61
68 Poetry and ghazals 61
69 Do as I say 61
70 Putting the power of his mind in it 61
71 Individual nature after realization remains unchanged 62
72 Poetic inspiration 63
73 Cheese now becomes Barsoap 63
74 Ghani’s good humour 64
75 I have promised you I will never let you sink 65
76 Obedience to his wishes 66
77 We must be able to communicate inwardly too 67
78 You have an important role in my cinema 67
79 Masters durbar 68
80 It is a sin to complain on this path 69
81 If you do not follow my wish, how could you serve me 70
82 I will free all of you from your weaknesses 71
83 Powdering charcoal 72
84 The purpose of religion 72
85 Life is like a movie 72
86 The key to the world 73
87 Tell me what you most desire 73
88 Sadgurus ways are of kindness and reconciliation 75
89 Baba ask for a riddle 76
90 God pities for you also hence he makes mincemeat   out of you also 76
91 Hundred days fast 77
92 What is worst prison 78
93 Dada Chanji and Meherjee 79
94 Performance of miracles of a saint is not mine 79
95 Those who knows the emperor have no need to bow before the palace guards 79
96 Tug of war 81
97 Kaka Baria 81
98 Joke on Pesu 82
99 Hold  firmly to the feet of one master 82
100 The master and  old man’s four sons 83
101 Obedience is higher than love 85
102 Your disgust is the result of all the chaos and confusion in your mind 86
103 My word is most supreme 86
104 There is a great mystery behind making these changes 87
105 What could one do for whom who serves the universe 88
106 Keep your langoti tight 89
107 That onion in the food told me 90
108 O God, strange are your ways 90
109 These sort arrows are good for your spirit, the  wine is hidden in them 91
110 I don’t want lucre, I want love 92
111 Unless I use my broom 92
112 Why Meher Baba is making such a fuss 93
113 Saints love lovers of God 94
114 Zarathustra returned 94
115 Tailor pitied on Baba for his silence 95
116 Adi jr. in college 96
117 Your master is the real emperor, before him we are mere dogs 96
118 Words and explanations are not necessary for a person who feels things as you do 97
119 Krishna, Buddha and Christ 98
120 Poor Kaka Baria was bewildered 99
121 Mistaken impression about Baba 100
122 Dancing was, is, and always will be a part of God 100
123 You must give in when I insist 101
124 Western disciples, Indian names 101
125 Dr. Deshmukh’s first meeting with Baba 102
126 Meeting with Deshmukh 103
127 Chanji returned with a bitter taste in his mouth 104
128 When Baba went anywhere or did anything; it was only for his spiritual work 104
129 One should server out of love, bereft of any kind of thought of gain 104
130 Amusement for Baba during seclusion 105
131 There is only love 105
132 Your abuse was sweeter than  nectar 106
133 Clipped wings 107
134 Priest encounter 107
135 Papa Jassawala 109
136 Ghani taunts Baidul 110
137 Professor Ughansi 111
138 Cleans your inside 112
139 Only love 113
140 Taunts and teases 113
141 Rano’s training 113
142 Now it was Norina’s turn 114
143 Eruch is called 115
144 Baba’s justice 116
145 God wants to give them God, but they want to pray 117
146 If you want to be worthy of my love be like Ayaz 117
147 Remember to focus your attention always on Me  even while enjoying things 118
148 Only by My forgiveness does the world continues, not otherwise 119
149 I want only love not dakshina 120
150 Mother and son 121
151 How fortunate 122
152 Tiger’s pray 123
153 Growing bigger 123
154 How fortunate this hen is 124
155 Dussehra celebrated in Mysore 124
156 By not obeying me, you are a burden to me 125
157 More difficulties 126
158 Some other purpose in scolding 126
159 The Kotwals join Baba ashram 126
160 Ice cream and chutny 127
161 Some entertainment 128
162 Saint’s Mira song 128
163 Rano as saheb cleaning pots 129
164 Think of my wish 130
165 Palmistry 130
166 If I do not steal your heart how would you remember me 131
167 Dhake’s trap 131
168 I want to castrate Kavade 131
169 The whole world is like a cow dung 132
170 Amusing incident 133
171 Baba’s humor with his lovers 134
172 No sleep in Calcutta 135
173 Gustadji signs 136
174 Calcutta to Haridwar 137
175 Don’t beg like an eunuch 138
176 A joke or were you serious 139
177 Baba’s Humour 140
178 Baba’s sense of humour 140
179 Impossible to understand 141
180 Every moment is my work 142
181 Obedience and acceptance 142
182 Meher baba’s favorite fruit mango 142
183 I am your tummy 143
184 Ad-libbed comedy 144
185 Good humoured prank 144
186 Beloved laughs God and dagger weeps 145
187 Original song-who am I 146
188 Mandali jokes 147
189 Unfathomable humour 148
190 Songs, jokes and teasing 153
191 Insult to love 154
192 Honest in love 155
193 Baba was pleased by this 155
194 Unusual humour with Baba 155
195 God is not philosophy 156
196 Yogaraja-the king of all yogas 157
197 Baba’s joke and our suffering 157
198 Khilnani rechristened double beans 158
199 Miser made to pay 158
200 Walk a talk 159
201 Disobedience movement 159
202 Boy tells a joke to Baba 160
203 Kaka fights Baidul 161

VIEWS OF DISTINGUISHED BABA LOVERS ON BABA’S HUMOUR

Bal Natu produced Baba’s word in his exposition “Glimpses of the God-man”

Appropriately, Baba touched on the subject of God’s humour. He stated that Creation is God’s Leela (Divine Sport) and that is sustained by His sense of humour. He also explained that the expression of God’s humour varies with the scope and range of work that is ordained and accomplished in each advent through the Avatar, Sadgurus, saints and masts. In fact, God’s sense of humour is so pervasive that there is not a person who is totally devoid of it.

Dalia Deleon wrote in her book “The Ocean of Love”

“Baba used to have one of us to read jokes every afternoon, and someone asked why He liked jokes. Baba replied because the Universe is God’s biggest joke!”

Mehera Irani expressed in her writings of her book “Mehera”

Sometimes Baba used to tell us funny stories, and sometimes He would say, “Now you tell Me some funny stories.” When Baba asked me, I told Him that I never read any funny stories. We were always studying at school and had no time for such books. The other girls told Baba, "We only know a very short one.” And Baba sweetly said, “No matter how short it is, tell me!” So they did, and Baba enjoyed the story very much. But the next time Baba asked for a funny story, the girls had to tell Him that they did not know any more. “Never mind,” Baba said, ‘tell me the same once again.’

So they repeated the story, and Baba enjoyed it as much as He had the first time! Baba was very childlike and enjoyed fun and every funny thing. He Himself was very witty and clever. With slightest excuse Baba would find humour in a situation, and He

used to amuse everybody. Baba had so much serious work on His mind, and He told us that humour lightened the burden of it. He was so lovely, Baba was. He is still beautiful, but you cannot see Him!”

Bill Le Page described Baba’s Humour in his book “Over the Years”

 

Baba enjoyed Jokes and humorous stories and His own humour could be keen, with underlying spiritual significance, but it was never hurtful or belittling in front of others. He was also always entertained by human foibles where no harm was done to anyone.

Sometimes, Baba created rift among mandali members so as to wipe out their deep rooted sanskaras.