(A Maulvi from Hyderabad)
A Muslim named Maulvi Abdul Wahid of Hyderabad arrived in Bombay in search of a friend and stayed in the mosque at Dadar. While he was meditating in the mosque, he saw a bright light issuing from the Manzil. He immediately sensed that there must be a “holy” or “divine personality” inhabiting the building. The next day, when he sat in meditation, he again saw a still brighter light, and in its brilliance he was able to read the words “Manzil-e-Meem.”
It was on February 16th when Wahid could no longer remain passive to his vision. He came and stood outside the Manzil. He was in such a dazed state that he ended up standing on the sidewalk the whole night without speaking to anyone.
The next morning, (February 17, 1923) the Master noticed the stranger outside; He sent Gustadji to inquire about the reason for the silent sentry by their gate. Wahid narrated his story about the light he had experienced in the mosque and added that he felt profound peace within himself near the Manzil. By Baba’s order, Wahid was directed to Munshi Rahim’s house, where he was given food and informed about who Meher Baba was.
After dinner a meeting of the Gutta was called, and the mandali asked, “Why is it that we always hear of outsiders – such as the Maulvi priest today – having great experiences of your divinity and seeing brilliant lights? And why are we, who you say are members of your circle, left in the dark?”
To appease them, Baba gave a brief but convincing explanation:
What happens when you place a kerosene lamp on the floor? It sheds light all around, but the area which is closest to it – encircling its base – is always dark. So it is with you who are closest to Me. What is the use of all these great experiences and seeing of light? One day I will give you the real light and you will be out of the darkness forever! Wouldn’t you rather have that?
2- ANANDMAI MAI
Anandamayi Ma was prominent women saint to her Meher Baba indirectly contacted through Elcha (His disciple). The episode of her contact with Baba is narrated in following episode.
In the vicinity of Dehra Dun were four prominent saints: Anandamayi Ma, Sant Ishwar Singh, Sant Mangat Ram and Miran Bhai. Baba wished to contact the first three of these. But because he was about to fast, he decided instead to contact them by proxy. He put his head on Elcha's feet, and instructed him to go and touch Anandamayi Ma's feet, and convey His love and blessings to her.
Elcha did as ordered, and afterward Anandamayi Ma expressed her desire to meet Meher Baba. Elcha informed Baba, who sent her this message:
Meher Baba was informed of your wish to see Him. He says that there is no need for you to see Him. If Baba is the Highest of the High, as people say, and is in everything and in everyone, then He is omniscient, and in you also. Even if that is not the case, then there would be no advantage in a meeting with Him. Baba is bowing down to saints, walis, masts, sadhus and the poor equally, and He conveys His love to you. With His love, He sends His salutation to you.
Baba again bowed to Elcha, as proxy, and sent him back to Anandamayi Ma. After bowing to the woman saint, Elcha conveyed Baba's message. On hearing it, she declared repeatedly, "Namo Narayana! (Obeisance to God Narayan!)"
(A great Saint and Philosopher)
About Aurobindo, Meher Baba said:
Shri Aurobindo. Previously, he was a political leader like Gandhi. When he got the breeze of spirituality, he left everything. He did not care for politics. He did not care for independence of India, and he did not care for the world. He cared only for God. And because he got the longing for God, he went on progressing and progressing on the spiritual path. He progressed up to sixth plane. But further progress is not possible without the grace of the Perfect Master or the Avatar. Aurobindo was experiencing the effulgence of God everywhere, and this state was just like that of a 'fish out of water'- a state of great longing, rather, infinite longing for the union with God. Ultimately, My grace fell on him, and he became One with God. So longing is not like when you love a girl and long for her. That is material love. In material love, when longing is there, it is for the sake of desire. When longing for God is created, you became free from desires. Ultimately, you become One with God.
Aurobindo (Ghose) writes in his book, "I am trying to attain to that state through meditation." If Illumination is attained through meditation, it is no small thing. The meaning of meditation is to go deep within one's self. It is self-hypnotism in the divine way — to lose yourself in forgetting the self by not thinking of anything but the Self.
Aurobindo was on the sixth plane, not by the state of a wali-mast, but by meditation. Chatti Baba never meditated, yet he saw God all day and night. And, though both are were on the sixth plane, there was a great difference between them. Love gives permanence, meditation gives samadhi. After union with God, complete permanency exists, whether you come down (to gross consciousness) or not. If you come down, you bring God with you!
Aurobindo writes beautifully about the "deep valley" between seeing God and God Himself. He says, "We cry out on this side: O God, we see You but cannot come to you! So, at least you come to us! And God replies, "I always come as Ram, Krishna, Buddha, and others."
On 5th December, 1950, at Bombay, Baba heard from Adi that Aurobindo Gosh had expired the previous night. Baba had previously stated some year back that Aurobindo was a yogi who had advanced by his own efforts to the 6th plane and became a Saint. He called for his photo to be placed before Him as He listened to the account of his life on the Radio. Later He told Adi Sr. “I was pushing him from 6th to 7th plane.”
- AVATAR KRISHNA
(Avatar of Dwapar Era)
Baba spoke about the work of the Perfect Master and the Avatar not being understood by everybody, citing an incident from the Mahabharata of Krishna and Arjuna:
If you read the life of Krishna, you will find that he often said, did and ordered things which seemed to go against common sense. He would tell one thing to one person and contradictory things to other persons, and would give different orders to different people at the same time. Krishna used to bluff, lie, and do all sorts of strange things for the upliftment of humanity. He was Perfect and One with God, and so found Himself in everything and in everyone. He had to use different methods for different things and people.
I have to use maya to draw my disciples out of maya. The West does not understand this, but the East understands it. That is the difference in the mental attitude between the East and the West. Where there is no self-interest and no selfish motive but only the motive of doing good for others, whatever one may do, there are no sanskaras and no binding by sanskaras. I have to use infinite ways for My infinite workings, all different and all at different times.
When Krishna ordered Arjuna to kill the Kauravas, Arjuna hesitated and then refused, asking Krishna, "How can I slaughter my own kith and kin?" Krishna said, "Do as I tell you." But Arjuna would not listen. Then Krishna said, "Look into My face," and he opened His mouth and Arjuna saw in it all his brothers and relatives whom he had not wanted to kill. Arjuna saw that Krishna's mouth contained the whole universe, including millions of Kauravas who looked like clouds but then vanished from sight. Krishna showed him His Universal Body, which contained all living and inert forms. To see this is called Virat Darshan — Gigantic Sight. This is not real darshan. It is only the darshan of the Master's Universal body. The Avatar also has a Universal mind, to which all the individual minds in the universe are connected.
This then convinced Arjuna of Krishna's mighty powers and he plunged into battle, killing many. Krishna told him, "If you had had full faith in Me, you would never have doubted or asked questions," and He then delivered the lecture which is now known as the Bhagavad Gita.
From this example, you will come to know that even the closest disciples of a Master misunderstand His way of working. To convince and create faith in them, Masters have to resort to performing miracles. That is why Krishna did what He did.
Implicit faith and abject obedience to a Master is the shortest, quickest and easiest way for attainment of God-Realization.
5- BALAK BHAGWAN
Considered a child-God, a young Hindu of seventeen named Balak Bhagwan had many devotees in Raipur. Bhagwan had been urged by Abdul Majid Khan to take Meher Baba’s darshan. Eventually, Abdul Majid Khan sent Bhagwan from Raipur to see Baba. The youth arrived at Meherazad just before the darshan on the morning of 12th June. Taking him and the mandali in Sarosh’s car with Him, Baba was driven to Meherabad. On the way, Balak Bhagwan kept pointing mystically to the sun so that, as he explained, “It may set and we will not feel the heat.” Baba enjoyed his antics –though there was no lessening in the war weather!
Balak Bhagwan drove back with them, but would not allow Baba, Eruch and Bhau to attend to their work. The mischievous fellow would move about on either side of Baba's legs, as Baba sat in his chair, and spent his time playing. Baba and the mandali derived a lot of fun from his tricks. He boldly told Baba, "The day I am not garlanded, I do not feel good!"
Baba smiled at his guilelessness, but replied, "It is not good to receive worship or arti from others. It will throw you down into a stinking pit!"
The boy replied, "But I feel pleasure in being worshiped! I want people to revere me and perform my arti!" Baba laughed.
Balak Bhagwan spent the night in Meherazad, and the following morning, when Baba came to mandali hall, the youth said, "Last night while on watch, Bhau slept! I saw him sleeping from my room." Baba was amused and named him Balak Meher (Child of Meher). Baba embraced the youth, and then instructed him to return to Raipur.
Baba had written to Abdul Majid Khan in Raipur to bring the young-man Balak Bhagwan to Meherabad for the Sahwas program. Balak Bhagwan had met Baba six months previously at Meherabad, and had his own following in Raipur. On the 14 th Baba called Balak Bhagwan to Meherabad, where He gave him certain instructions. Pukar was appointed to look after him.
Baba noticed D. S. Chowbey of Calcutta bowing down to Balak Bhagwan at the other end of pandal. Baba stopped the darshan and called Pukar, who was supposed to be looking after Balak Bhagwan. Baba warned the young man not to allow anyone to lay his head at his feet. Chowbey repented, and Baba asked him if he had ever met him before. He said he had met him in America.
He chided Balak Bhagwan for dozing during the workers' meeting and urged him to stay awake. Balak Bhagwan replied, "Baba's mercy is there."
To which Baba responded, "It is my mercy that keeps you alive!"
Baba enjoyed the singing for some time and beat time to the music by tapping the head of Balak Bhagwan, who was seated on Baba's left. After one song, Baba appeared deep in thought, and then began this discourse:
The affairs of the universe will continue without my paying any special attention to them, and without there being any burden on the Creator. The subject of discourses and explanations is a headache to me. One's breathing is natural and one has not to pay any attention to it, but after some exertion, the mind becomes conscious of it. In the same way, the affairs of the universe go on without my paying any special attention to them.
Referring to Balak Bhagwan Baba said:
In central India (Madhya Pradesh)], people took the boy Balak Meher to be the Avatar, and I instructed him that he should not allow anyone to kiss his feet and worship him because without authority it is binding. When I ordered Mungalananda to observe 40 days' silence and fast, Balak Meher followed him as he was leaving the camp and said: "Heed Baba's orders and follow them! Whatever Baba has to give you, He will give, and whatever I have to give you, I will give." Saying this to him, he returned at once and took his seat on the dais. Somehow I came to know of it and he confessed his mistake. I cautioned him not to do this in the future and treated him lovingly. Mungalananda was in the habit of discoursing on Vedanta to the sahavas group, so I sent him away.
Eruch related the experience of Balak Bhagwan, the seventeen year-old boy from Madhya Pradesh, who was filled with Baba’s light and presence, and saw Baba everywhere and in everything. He imagined himself to be on fifth plane and was giving darshan and prasad to people. Baba had Eruch write a very firm reply, putting an end to such false interpretations to the experience.
Baba likened the experiences to a tamasha (roadside magic show) which dazzles for a while and distracts the pilgrim's progress, proving more of a hindrance than a help.
These "experiences" are like the trickles of water oozing from tiny chinks in a great big dam, and which I have to watch out for and constantly keep blocking up, lest they cause destruction. There are many who have various experiences, such as seeing colors, circles and lights, levitating and so forth. They attract a group around them by giving them similar experiences through a common process, which is never indulged in or dreamt of by the pilgrim who experiences the various planes of consciousness on the Path. Thus not having progressed on the Path (planes), they can bring their followers up to only their own level of experiences, and no further. Then there often follows dissension, and the group splits, forming yet another branch with its own following under a different head.
The real danger of these experiences is that it misleads the seeker into thinking that he has reached the Goal and has mastered the Path. This even applies to the experiences of the Path, which remain insignificant when compared to the one and only real experience of God-realization.
Hafiz depicts this beautifully in his verses. Hafiz says that in the beginning he was like a man who goes down to the seashore and paddles in shallow water, and in his enjoyment, thinks he has gained the Pearl. Then after a long time, Hafiz realized that he had yet to learn to swim; and when he learned how to swim, there were the many waves he had to encounter and overcome. Then he realized he had yet to learn to dive. The next step he had to master was holding his breath under water before, at long last, he could reach the bottom of the ocean for the Pearl — the Goal.
For one who is an aspirant on the Path, it is not seeing, but becoming that is the objective.
Bhagwan has come to pay his respects to Me; he loves Me very much.
6-BARON VON FRANKENBURG. T
Australian Sufi leader
Born: 2nd January 1889- Germany
Died: 1950 - Camden, N.S.W, Australia
Friedrich von Frankenberg was one of the early founders of Sufism in Australia. He was an early Australian representative of Sufism, the mystical order of Islam first brought to the West by Hazrat Inayat Khan. He was born to an aristocratic and cultured family and raised mostly in Germany. His mother, Jessie Elliot, was the daughter of a wealthy Australian industrialist family. Her family owned property in Algeria, and her father resided there for lengthy periods. This may be where von Frankenberg first encountered Islam. In 1925 he attended the Sufi Movement Summer School, led annually by Inayat Khan at Sureness in France. He was accepted by Inayat Khan as a mureed, and given the Sufi name of Momin (meaning faithful), as well as instruction in spiritual practices.
In 1927, Von Frankenberg immigrated to Australia, leaving behind his wife and son in Germany. His mother, Jessie Elliot, had inherited a substantial estate from her father, but it had been frozen during World War I because Elliot and her son were German nationals. Von Frankenberg seems to have initially travelled to Australia in order to settle his claim to the family property. In Australia, he married an Australian woman, Olive Pauline Ward Taylor. His second wife, generally known as Stella, or by her Sufi name of Lila, was an accomplished pianist and member of a successful business family in Sydney. In the 1930s the Von Frankenbergs settled on a dairy farm called 'Spring Hills' at Camden, on the outskirts of Sydney. From the 1930s to the end of his life Von Frankenberg worked to spread Sufism in Australia and established and led the first Sufi groups in Australia. During World War II, von Frankenberg again came under suspicion from the Australian authorities, due mostly to his German background. He was questioned and his mail was monitored, but he was not interned. In the later years of his life, the small movement that he had founded split, with some members following Francis Brabazon into becoming disciples of Meher Baba.
Von Frankenberg died in 1950 at the age of 61 and was buried in the Camden cemetery.
Avatar's Abode is a 99-acre (40 ha) spiritual retreat about 75 miles (121 km) north of Brisbane, Australia dedicated to Meher Baba. It was established by Australian poet and disciple of Meher Baba Francis Brabazon in 1958 on the summit of Kiel Mountain near Woombye on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Brabazon purchased the land, an eighty-two-acre pineapple farm, with money willed to him by the Australian Sufi leader Baron Von Frankenburg. The site has a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean to the east and over valleys, farmlands and rolling blue hills to the west. By Meher Baba's wish, Avatar's Abode can never be sold, but must be kept as a place of pilgrimage.
In December 1967, a large public darshan was held in the evening at the Jessawalas' bungalow. Eruch had previously been connected with the Ramakrishna Ashram in Nagpur. The swami of the ashram was Bhaskareshwar Ananda and he attended the darshan.
Swami Bhaskareshwar Ananda had come full of questions, but, being in Meher Baba's presence, he completely forgot what he had wanted to ask. He quietly sat by Baba, and tears began flowing from his eyes. He internally received the answers to his questions and his heart became full with divine love. Before leaving he remarked, "I have had Ramakrishna's darshan today!"
8- BHISHAM JI MAHARAJ
(Saint from Rishikesh)
During annual celebration of first Delhi visit of Avatar Meher Baba on 1st December 1952, function was held at Ram Lila Grounds from 1st December to 3rd December 1968, Function was attended by many VIP’s, dignitaries, Baba lovers and general public. Swami Bhisham Ji Maharaj from Rishikesh came on opening day and paid tributes to Avatar Meher Baba.
9-CHISTI OF AJMER
Baba elucidated that Nizamuddin Auliya, Bualishah Qalandar and Chishti of Ajmer were all Sufi Perfect Masters. He mentioned that Chishti was even considered to be on the same level as Muhammad; however, He was not equal to the Prophet, but the Qutub-e-Irshad of His time — the head of the spiritual hierarchy. Chishti established Sufism in India, and His tomb-shrine in Ajmer is a greatly revered place of pilgrimage.
These Perfect Masters and other Muslim Qutubs always liked listening to ghazals, which have been preserved in the various Divans of Hafiz.
Now, for a Perfect Master to write poetry — what is it (for him) when the whole world is in His hands? But as Tukaram, the Sadguru, explained, one's original nature persists even after Realization.
(President of the Buddhist Society of London)
A man who converted from Christianity to Buddhism named Christmas Humphreys was president of the Buddhist Society of London. Humphreys found out about Meher Baba through Kim Tolhurst. One day, he and some others from his Buddhist group came to see Meher Baba. During their meeting, Baba exchanged ideas with them:
Baba explained: “In Sufi terms, religion has four aspects: shariat, tariqat, marefat and haqiqat. Man has to go beyond shariat – the external aspect. The orthodox Muslims consider it unlawful to go beyond shariat. Yet, a Qutub (Perfect Master) has such powers that if He wishes, He can make a person God-Realized in a minute!”
Baba looked at one of the visitors who after listening to Baba’s statement was deep in thought. Baba asked him what he was thinking. The man questioned, “How is it possible for a person to gain Realization within a minute?”
Baba elaborated, “Even within a second, all actions can be annihilated and the experience of God instantly given. Bondage to Maya (illusion) is always there and karma (bondage) is due to actions. After the actions are destroyed, there is no bondage. Do you think you can obtain Realization in this birth?”
The man replied, “I cannot agree with your statement about karma. How could the effects of actions be done away with in one lifetime?”
“Why not?” Baba smilingly replied. “They can be destroyed by the grace of the Master. If that is not so, of what use is the Guru? What is the value of grace if everyone has to await his turn and time?”
Baba then dictated the story of his youth that changed His life, “I was studying in college and had no idea about Spiritual Truth or Super consciousness. An ancient woman named Babajan gave that super consciousness to Me in one embrace! Before that, I could not fast for even one day. After her embrace, I remained on only water for eleven months and I was absolutely sleepless. But I did not think that I was fasting or not sleeping. It was all spontaneous and I had no thought of it.”
Baba then emphasized, “I have the Experience and from that Experience, I affirm that it is the work of a moment for the Qutub to root out all past actions. The living Buddha, the Lord and Master, can do it in the twinkling of an eye!
“Do not think about it. You will understand all this gradually and know all this to be true. Come back and be with Me for six hours in November.”
Christmas Humphreys was very impressed with Meher Baba and later wrote of his impressions in an article entitled “The Incarnation of Love,” from which the following is an excerpt:
For the first time in my life, and I have not met another like Him, I found myself in the aura of a man who literally radiated love. He combined the profundity of mystical experience with the guileless candor of a child, and His smile was as infectious as the words He used were immaterial. And all the while He radiated such a pure affection that one wondered why, when all religions praise the value of pure love, should it be a memorable experience to meet one man who practiced it.
If there were more Meher Babas in the world today, war would end for want of causes. This man of love sets all men an example!
Although Humphreys was deeply moved and touched by Meher Baba, he was too involved with Buddhism to give up that path and follow the Master under His direct guidance.
11- COSMO GORDON LANG
Archbishop of Canterbury
English religious leader
Born : 31st October, 1864 - Fyvie manse, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died : 5th December, 1945 - near Kew Gardens, London, England
Buried : Canterbury Cathedral
During 1936, the King of England, Edward VIII, had abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson, an American suing her husband for divorce. His younger brother, George VI, was being crowned king in Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, May 12th, 1937, and the Westerners listened to the coronation ceremony on B.B.C. radio. Baba also listened for some time and remarked, "It's all illusion – bound by time and space." However, at the same time he expressed that he appreciated the king giving up his crown for the sake of love.
They asked if Edward was listening to the broadcast of the coronation and Baba said, "Yes, but he does not feel regret about it."
During the Archbishop of Canterbury's address, Baba commented, "Those in the church all speak of Christ our Lord, but do not follow him."