EPISODE-04 KAIKEYI & COL. MS IRANI

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EPISODE-4

KAIKEYI FOR LORD RAMA & COLONEL M.S. IRANI FOR AVATAR MEHER BABA

Kaikeyi

Kaikeyi was step mother of Lord Rama. She was most beautiful, devoted, heroic and intelligent wife of King Dashrath. Once she accompanied Dashrath to fight demon Shambasur. When the sarthi of Dashrath’s chariot was killed, Kaikeyi managed to drive the chariot. Second time, when axle of the chariot broke down, she put her hand in chariot in place of axle in the battle field. Having come to know her act, Dashrath insisted Kaikeyi to ask for any desire to be fulfilled. Unwillingly she said to ask for it in future at appropriate time.

Though, at the time of marriage of Kaikeyi, Dashrath had agreed for her son as successor of the kingdom but Dashrath as per custom and his affection for eldest son, declared to adorn Rama as his successor in absence of Bharat and Shatrughan (both son of Kaikeyi). Having known of her claim for his son, Bharata as successor, she was happy with the announcement for her great love for Rama. It was Manthra; house maid for Kaikeyi incited her against the announcement and talking ill of Dashrath. First Kaikeyi reprimanded Manthra, later accepted her advice and asked Dashrath fulfill her two wishes due to her. She asked for his son, Bharat as successor and 14 year exile for Ram. Dashrath bound by his words could not refuse and died in thought of separation from Ram.

It was a part of plan of Rama himself. According to Rama’s wish, Goddess Saraswati diverted Kaikeyi’s thought to demand exile for Rama. This was to fulfil Rama’s Avataric act of killing Ravana. Later, Kaikeyi went to forest along with Bharat who wanted to call back Rama. She asked Rama for repentance saying I caused setback for your succession. My mind was dominated by demons. You are incarnation of Lord Vishnu. You are the Ancient One. Any good or bad act is according to Your will. You please forgive me for my fault. Rama said to her that you are right in your words. You spoke according to My will. You are not at fault. You have helped Me to fulfill My Avataric activities. You go, remember Me, and because of your love for Me, you will be liberated.

Muni Vashisth explained Bharat that Ram is the advent of lord Vishnu; Sita is Yougmaya and Laxman is Sheshaavatar. All are here to help Him to kill Ravana. Bharadwaj Muni had all the powers gross plane (presumably of 4th plane). So Bharadwaj Muni created all amenities like Ayodhya in the forest when Ram & Bharat ji had night halt in his ashram. Bharadwaj Muni also explained Bharat ji about highest state of Lord Ram and advised not to blame Kaikeyi. Bharat  realised the fact; and came back with the sleepers of Lord Rama and ruled in Ayodhya on His behalf.

Following episode may find some semblance with mythological event narrated above.

Colonel Merwan Sohrab Irani

Colonel Merwan Sohrab Irani was Daulatmai's younger brother, physician in the Indian Medical Corps and the highest ranking Indian officer in the British army during the First World War.

After Daulatmai's husband's death, Colonel Irani had assumed responsibility for Daulatmai and her daughter, whom he dearly loved, and looked after the family's material affairs. But the Colonel had been worried about Daulatmai's contact with Upasni Maharaj and then Meher Baba, whom he feared would take advantage of his sister's devotion. When Daulatmai and Mehera moved to Meherabad the Colonel was disturbed that his sister and her daughter were living with a "Guru" in what seemed to be a desolate wilderness. Although the Colonel was successful professionally, he had hopes that Daulatmai and her daughter would stay with him in Poona, giving him the family life he lacked. He was bitterly disappointed, when Daulatmai refused, and he concluded that Baba had duped his sister and swindled her out of her money and property.

The Colonel became a fierce opponent of Meher Baba, using his power and influences to try to undermine Baba's work. It was the Colonel who was responsible for publishing fictitious and misleading stories about Baba in the Parsi newspapers, which at first created suspicion among the Zoroastrian communities about Meher Baba's claim to be a God-realized Master.

On 20th September 1926, in the morning, the Colonel, along with Dinshah Kapadia, a professor of mathematics at Deccan College, and his relative J. Kapadia, arrived at Meherabad. Colonel Irani interposed, "It is all self-advertisement! A show of false spiritual greatness!" Colonel and Kapadia claimed that Zoroaster, Buddha and Christ were simply ordinary men whom legend had made great.

Despite all this contention, the visitors still wanted to meet the Master. Baba would usually come out of His quarters early in the morning, but that day He arrived unusually late at 10:30. But when Rustom asked the men to kindly take off their shoes before entering Baba's room, they insulted Rustom and abruptly left — despite having waited for three hours! It was not in the Colonel's naseeb (destiny) to meet the Meher Baba face-to-face — then or ever.

After Colonel Irani's departure, Baba commented about worldly-minded people:

The human mind is such that it makes a person adhere to his thoughts, to the extent that even in the field of religion each man thinks his is the best. The Parsis consider their religion the highest and call most other people doorvand (untouchables). The Muslims are also in the same category; to them only Islam and Muhammad are true and all other people are kafirs (unbelievers). The Christians are no better. To them Christ is the only Savior of humanity and all other people heathens.

It is regrettable that the Colonel could not see Me; else he would have had the lecture of his life. I would have given him a befitting reply, which would have driven out all the arrogance from his mind.

However, his waiting for Me for three hours, despite his undesirable criticism and bad intentions, will not go in vain; he will be rewarded for his "unintentional" pilgrimage. He and the others will definitely be benefited. When he had been to Upasni Maharaj at Sakori, the bent of his mind being what it is, he was not even granted permission to taste a drop of water from that holy place, and Maharaj would not meet him. He left, mumbling all sorts of curses.

The Colonel was actually a devout Zoroastrian. He had even written and published a booklet ("The Excellence of Zoroastrianism") in which he extolled the virtues of Zoroaster's teachings, but castigated the priest class and the rituals and ceremonies they propagated. The Colonel especially criticized the activities in Meherabad. He said that he had studied a great deal about Zoroaster's life, but that he was not impressed with the things he observed at Meherabad."

Colonel Irani was to continue spreading the worst kind of false propaganda against Baba for almost 35 years. But this enmity and opposition was a medium for the Master's inner work, because many people came to know about Baba through the Colonel's articles. Although the information given was erroneous, it stirred curiosity in many people, eventually inspiring them to meet Meher Baba for themselves. When they had His darshan, they were greeted with the sweet nectar of His loving presence. In many Iranis and Parsis, a firm faith in Meher Baba's divinity awakened and they later became His staunch followers.

So a great work was done through the Colonel's opposition and people eventually saw what beneficial results manifested. Viewed from this perspective, Colonel Irani unknowingly served Meher Baba tremendously. Baba even remarked about him, "The Colonel is fortunate to be remembering Me — no matter how."  (Extracted from Lord Meher)

Interpretation: Everything happens according to divine will and all our thought, word and action which we think as our wish or will are in accordance with the working out of our own sanskaras. In fact there is no free will. Our will falls within the God’s divine will.

Baba said, "As nothing happens but by My will; your going against My wish is by My will." Though will and wish are similar, they operate in two distinct manners. In creation, everything happens according to Divine Will. Will operates only in the domain of illusion, but the Divine Wish turns the Divine Will into action.”

“Divine wish makes it very clear what you should do. The Divine Will is very difficult to put into action, but the Divine Wish is direct and makes it very easy for you to put things into action in order to please the Beloved. If the Wish is there fully, you automatically obey God's Will. Souls can resist the Divine Wish, but they cannot resist the Divine Will.”

In short, it can be said that Divine Wish is the directive from a Master and Divine Will is the destiny of the individual.