*SPIRITUAL REVELATION

THE GIVE-AND-TAKE OF IMPRESSIONS

The feet are potent for receiving the bad sanskaras of other people, while the forehead is potent for giving them. Hence devotees lay their foreheads on the feet (especially the toes which are most potent) of the Sadguru and he takes up consciously some of their sanskaras. But the same process will happen with you if you allow others to touch your feet. Hence never permit it, but if it has occurred, immediately put your own forehead on the feet of this other person and he will have to take some of your bad sanskaras in exchange

(Lord Meher-pp-1210-1930)

Influence of motive in catching impressions

      The give-and-take of Sanskaras or impressions is constantly going on in the play of life. Where there is mutuality, there is this give-and-take, but it is not a mechanical process. The same action can create different impressions, according to the motive, which inspires that action. A man, who out of the motive of doing good to another person, gives him food or clothes, at once catches his good impressions. The man who slanders another person with an evil motive or steals his things, at once catches his evil impressions. Killing an animal for sport or pleasure or food means catching all its bad impressions since the motive is selfish. But no such bad impressions are caught from snakes and germs and the like which are a danger to humanity, when they are killed out of philanthropic motives and only when absolutely necessary. Such killing, where it is not a duty, will certainly create binding impressions.

 Exchange of impressions

      Conversations, cinema, books, radio, meetings, travels, crowds and so on are various mediums through which there is give-and-take of diverse types of impressions on a stupendous scale. In short, the cycle of impressions is interminable except when the aspirant slowly and patiently takes to the uphill emancipatory spiritual path under the guidance of a Truth-realized Master and with his blessing.

 Latency of impressions in sleep

       The impressions in the ego-minds of all whether gross, subtle or mental are largely similar. But their colours are different and of innumerable variety according to the spiritual position of different individuals. Consciousness gets committed to some illusion or another owing to these mental impressions, which are ever active, in spite of the daily respite of dream and sleep. The gross consciousness of the physical body gets dissolved in the dream-State of the subtle body; and the dream-state, in its turn, gets dissolved in the Sleep- state of the mental body. Butthis daily dissolution of illusion is temporary. After some time, the impressions again begin to prick and clamour; “Spend us! Spend us!" Thus, unconsciousness is again brought back to its gross illusion.

 Universal dissolution

      If the whole world were to go to sleep, it would be the great dissolution of the entire world. All the individuals would recede into their mental bodies and be absorbed in utter oblivion for some time until they re-enter the panorama of the three-fold world in a new cycle of existence. The impressions of the unrealized individuals remain exactly the same even during this universal dissolution, which takes place by the Divine Will. And in the new cycle they take up their evolution where they had left it. Universal dissolution is not without some purpose. The usual theories of evolution, advanced by scientists are based only on intellectual data. They never do justice to God's hand in the game.

 Reorientation

       When the world is put to sleep in respect to all its current ideas, theories, beliefs, ideals and models of individual and collective life, it is easier for the world to change its direction of search and fulfillment in the next cycle of creation. It has to start where it left off, but it can have reorientation in a new direction from the place where things had previously stopped. This means that in the new cycle of existence, the ideas, theories, beliefs, ideals and modes of individual and collective life begin to develop entirely on new lines according to what has been planned by the Truth-realized Masters. The old modes disappear yielding place to those new ones. The Masters plan not only for humanity in general, but also for the New-Circle-To-Be, for which the seeds are sown hundreds of years before the time when they actually manifest themselves.

 Process of physical incarnation

       The physical body is nothing but the gross form of impressions. The mental impression in the mind of the male parent first takes a subtle form, which then is released in the gross form of mating. The mass of sanskaras or impressions thus released ultimately reaches the mind of the female parent ; and it is from the mind of the female parent that the process of physical incarnation starts. The soul, which is awaiting reincarnation in the gross body, can descend only if, during the process of sanskaric or impressional exchange between the male and the female, their minds have come as near to stopping as possible. The physical body is produced by the working of many impressions and is the result of their very embodiment. It is, therefore, no wonder that it has a tendency to bind the soul which inhabits it. Love for the physical body is only a form of deep ignorance. The swine take delight in the refuse-so do the ignorant ones take delight in the body.

Use of the body

      From the spiritual point of view, there is nothing more pitiable than slavish submission to the desires and demands of the physical body. Because of its incessant claims to the attention of the mind, the physical body often becomes a hindrance to real life; it is something like a cage to the soul. But the soul cannot find its real freedom by putting an end to the physical body. The physical body itself has to be intelligently used and made to subserve spiritual ends. What is the use of a body which resists the dictates of the mind? It is no use clinging to the comforts of the body which one day must be given up. It is only an instrument; and one should take maximum work from it.

Contagion of impressions

      Impressions are contagious. Eating meat is prohibited in many spiritual disciplines because therein the person catches the impressions of the animal, thus rendering himself more susceptible to lust and anger. Sometimes, innumerable strong impressions are transmitted through the mere touch of the physical body of another person. A gross body, even a corpse, can quickly impart numberless impressions to the person who touches it.

Impressions—binding and emancipatory

      Sex-contact outside wedlock is the worst form of exposure to heavy and binding impressions of lust. In wedlock, the impressions exchanged are much lighter and less binding. But just as bad and binding impressions can be caught from others, good and emancipatory impressions can also be caught from others. Food or eatables, prepared or given by others, bring their sanskaras with them. The 'Prasad' (some sweet or fruit or drink), given as a vehicle of grace distributed by saints and Masters, gives to the recipient spiritual and emancipatory impressions. The custom of touching the feet of the Master with the head is based upon the fact that the spiritual and emancipatory impressions from the Master thereby go to the very mind-heart of the recipient in a fraction of a second.

Dynamic impression of faith and love

      The Truth-Realized Master transmits dynamic impressions of faith and love for God through appropriate spiritual experience. Faith of any kind is, in a way, ultimately based upon intellect. There can be no faith without some form of intellectual conviction, which again is founded in experience. Many people say that they believe in God or that they have faith in Him; but though they say this out of conventional fear of God, what they say is far from being true. If they really believe in God, their actions would be different from what they are. They fear God as something unknown, a power which they have been taught to respect and obey through tradition and mythology. They fear Him as one who is supposed to give due rewards to the virtuous and punishments to the wicked. But neither their fear nor their beliefs are deep-rooted or sincere.

Expulsion of fear

      If their belief in God were sincere, they would forthwith start in right earnest to find out what God is. They would want to have God and realize Him, and all their actions would be entirely different,

      And, if they were really to take God seriously and want to know what He is, their very first glimpse of divinity would disarm them of all their unjustified fear. It would reveal to them that God is Love and that His plan for all including themselves, is to raise them to the highest pinnacle of perfection and bliss, of which the earthly pleasures and even the happiness and joys of the subtle and mental worlds are but faint and poor shadows.

I-am-god-state

      The very first descent of divinity into the heart awakens love for God. And when love for God comes, fear for God disappears. Love for God removes all fear and prepares the aspirant to be lost in Him. The intensity of the love of the aspirants unites them with God. They thus eventually get the supreme 'I-Am-God-State'. Those, who persist till the end, get there. Those who get there are however, very few, though many, without getting there feel tempted to claim that they are God. To be an honest atheist is no fraud. But to claim that one is God before attaining real unity with Him, is definitely a

fraud.

The two

      There are two who do not have any use for religion: the materialist and the one who is Self-realized. There are two who are indifferent to money: the brute and the one who is Self-realized: There are two who are free from lust: the child and the one who has attained Truth. Though the Truth-realized person is, in the above respects, like the materialist, the brute and the child, he stands completely apart from all these, he has attained unity with the infinite existence of God, while the others have not.

Incommunicability of the vast consciousness

      The Master at will enjoys the Madhur Bhava, i.e., the sweet mood of Love, where duality is illumined by the realization of the immensity of the One in the duality, or the Maha Bhava or the vast consciousness of unlimited oneness, which has no room at all for any apprehension of manyness. Maha Bhava or the vast consciousness of unlimited oneness is much rarer than Madhur Bhava. But the Master can enjoy it even when He is engaged in acts like eating, talking and so on. Madhur Bhava can be communicated by imparting suitable spiritual impressions to the disciple. But Maha Bhava which is essentially beyond all impressions, is incommunicable. In the ripeness of time, it dawns from within.

      "I veil Myself from man by his own curtain of ignorance, and manifest My Glory to a few. My present Avataric Form is the last Incarnation of this cycle of time, hence My Manifestation will be the greatest. When I break My Silence, the impact of My Love will be universal and all life in creation will know, feel and receive of it."

-- Avatar Meher Baba

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  1. SILENCE

God has been everlasting working in silence, unobserved, unheard except by those who experience that Infinite Silence.

I am the Ocean of Silence, but I am never silent.

I am eternally speaking in what you say to one another; and the voice that you hear deep within your souls is My voice inspiring and guiding you.

I am never silent, I speak eternally. The voice that is deep heard within soul is My voice, the voice of inspiration, of intuition, of guidance. To those who are receptive to this voice, I speak.

I am eternally talking in your talk and I am bored with the talk, for it is all idle when it is not lived. I will speak when I feel like saying the Word which was spoken in the Beginning-less Beginning — for that is the only Word worth speaking. Words are the prose of the world, and the world is My burden; My language is the poetry of My creative Word, and when I speak that Word it will touch the hearts of all men and its divine touch will make them feel the oneness of all. Then separateness will dissolve and hatred and jealousy and greed will melt away. Diversity will still be—for your life in illusion requires its experience, but behind and beneath and through all the diversity will be the feeling and knowledge of oneness; and the so-called sinner will feel that he one day will be a saint, and the saint will know that God is in the sinner as much as in himself.  

In the deep sleep, tongue, mind and heart are silent and one is unconscious.

If one can go into deep sleep and remains awake, One has it and becomes what one originally was and which eternally is God.”

If My silence does not speak to you, of what use would it be if I spoke in the language of your minds? When My speaking will be heard universally, God will make Me speak. But that speaking will not be speeches of words, but the Word of words which will irresistibly impart to those who are ready for the 'I am God' (Anal Haq or Aham Brahmasmi) state.

Things which are real are given and received in silence, so God or Meher Baba is silence.”

Through endless time God’s greatest gift is continuously given in silence. 

When the tongue is silent, the mind speaks. When mind is silent, the heart sings. When heart stop singing The soul begins to experience its Original Self. –

Why did Meher Baba observe silence?

Because man has been deaf to the principles and precepts laid down by God in the past, in this present Avataric form I observe silence. You have asked for and been given enough words — it is now time to live them.

This time of your being with Me, I do not intend giving you a lot of words to exercise your minds. I want your minds to sleep so that your hearts may awaken in My love.

You have had enough words; I have had enough words. It is not through words that I give what I have to give. In the silence of your perfect surrender, My love which is always silent can flow to you — to be yours always to keep and to share with those who seek Me.

I repeat, I lay down no precepts. When I release the tide of Truth which I have come to give, men's daily lives will be the living precept. The words I have not spoken will come to life in them.

Eternal silence

The state of God in the Beyond-Beyond is of Eternal Silence. This Eternal Silence never breaks. God in the Beyond-Beyond state is eternally silent.

In the Beyond State of God there is Eternal Silence and there is Eternal Sound. The Eternal Silence was broken when creation began. It was broken when that Original thought "Who Am I?" came into existence in the form of the original word which gave the answer to that original thought. That answer was God's conscious state achieved in the Beyond: "I Am God. I Alone Exist." Creation is the original breaking of God's Eternal Silence which gave birth to infinite sounds. These infinite sounds end in an Infinite Sound, which merges with Eternal Silence and becomes an Infinite Soundless Sound — the Sound of Eternal Silence.

Silence is God's eternal state. Infinite sounds bring about the state of creation. Infinite Soundless Sound is the state of Conscious God. The apparent silence of the Avatar, which Meher Baba maintained, was for the sake of His universal work. When the result of that work is manifesting, His silence is broken. The Avatar's silence contains the sounds of the universe within His universal being to harmonize all sounds into one sound. At the time of His total manifestation, the harmony of all sounds into one will signal the breaking of His silence, because that one harmony, the sound of His word, will have become apparent.

The Avatar completes His work before He drops His body. The completion of His work signifies that all sounds have been harmonized into one, and when that one sound manifests as His Word, it is the breaking of His silence. Meher Baba has been breaking His apparent silence gradually since He dropped the body, and as a result of this, different people from all over the world are coming into His contact. This signifies that the different sounds of those beings are being harmonized in him—in His one sound, His Word. When this harmony becomes apparent to these human beings, they recognize that He is breaking His silence by harmonizing all sounds in His Word. The ultimate meaning of the speaking of His word is the turning of separative human consciousness toward universal oneness and harmony.

Internal and external silence

Silence must be both within and without – internal as well as external. External silence is easy, but the internal is difficult.

Now, what do I mean by internal silence? It means you must silence your mind for twelve hours. When you speak with the tongue, it is speech. When the lips are sealed, it is external silence. Now, the mind, too, has a tongue of its own with which it talks. The continual working of the mind is like the mind continually talking. The very creation of a thought is like speaking internally. Hence the "lips" of the mind must be sealed.

Keeping the mind silent for twelve hours is equal to not thinking at all with the mind for twelve hours. But the mind does not stop thinking for even twelve seconds! If anyone can consciously keep the mind's thoughts silent for even twelve seconds, he would achieve a very advanced spiritual state.

You feel blank at times for a moment or more, but that does not mean the mind's working has stopped. To stop the mind from thinking, or to make it think and concentrate on one thought, are both equal. If the mind cannot be stopped from thinking, the best remedy is to try and engage it by concentrating on one particular object.

To drive away thoughts means not to entertain or encourage other irrelevant thoughts.

Just imagine that you are on a special watch duty to guard yourself against grave danger to your very life. This "guard" means watching over unexpected and sudden attacks from deadly enemies who are determined to kill you. During that time, you have to keep on reproducing in your mind only one word Baba.

When you inhale, in your mind say BA, when you exhale say BA.  Let this become an automatic process. This way you will only focus on your breath. Breath is BABA. No other thought can, or will enter your mind. The beauty is that you will now continue to function beautifully in the present, while using your subtle senses to excel in the gross world. You will now be in a constant state of meditation.

 

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  1. AVATAR AND SADGURU

The word “God” stands for the short abbreviation of Generator, Observer and Destroyer (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh), the trio nature of formless God. This word refers to formless existence of God or Over-soul in unconscious state of infinite knowledge, power and bliss or sat chit and anand.

Sadguru (Man-God or Perfect Master) is a man becoming God in human form having attained God-realization or consciousness of “Aham Brahmasmi”. He bears universal body and universal mind, thereby gets associated with each living and non-living bodies of the universe. He has conscious experiences of God as well man.

Avatar or God-man is the direct descent of formless God in human form which is brought out by five living Sadgurus once in every cycle of 700 to 1400 years. Avatar is the same soul who realized Himself first through process of evolution and involution on His own. The same supreme soul of Avatar appears in different cycles (11 ages) in different forms to redeem the mankind from the sufferings and takes upon Himself the burden of universal suffering.

The Avatar descends from his highest state of divine consciousness to the state of human consciousness. He does not need to pass through the stages of evolution, reincarnation and Realisation. He is God always and comes down directly from His God-state to man-state and becomes conscious of creation. His benevolent work is universal, and He gives a spiritual push to all objects in creation, inert and living, animate and inanimate both.

According to Meher Baba, “Avatar” is the first soul which in beginning attained Perfection, God realization or experience of “Aham Brahmasmi” without help of Master and came back to the level of human being retaining the God consciousness.  Meher Baba said- “I am the same ‘Ancient One’ whose past is worshipped and remembered, whose present is ignored and forgotten and whose future (Advent) is anticipated with great fervour and longing”.

It is a rare feat to achieve God realization which is the ultimate goal of human life and it is only possible through grace of an Avatar or Sadguru (Perfect Master). It requires life after life’s efforts. Meher Baba in His book “God speaks” revealed that out of 700 millions of world population, there are only 7000 advanced souls between 1st to 7th planes of consciousness including Perfect Masters. Avatar, after one cycle (11 ages of 65 to 125 years) brings this number to 7001. When one Perfect Master drops His body another God-realised fills the gap.

Trio nature of God

God has three infinite aspects:  knowledge, power, bliss. It is from these that man derives His three finite aspects false aspects of mind, energy, matter.

The three aspects of God are interlinked; Bliss depends on power and power depends on knowledge. Similarly, the three aspects of man are interlinked: matter depends on energy and energy depends on mind.

As a human being you are one homogeneous entity of these three finite aspects (mind-energy-matter) which are but the shadow of the Infinite aspects of God (Knowledge-Power-Bliss).

Role of Avatar in creation

Every God-Realized personality is perfect. However, those who come down and act as Masters – the Sadgurus and Avatar – come down with their minds universal and use divine powers to work for others. There is a place, Vidnyan Bhumika, where the Masters work and rest. It is similar to a threshold in between two places, where they can manage works both for the higher and lower worlds. One aspect is the preparation of souls from the lower world and the deliverance of them to the higher world, eventually realizing them. The Masters come down with the special purpose of bringing ripe souls to the highest state.

When the Perfect Masters come down with this duty to the world and work every day with the people of the world, they descend with universal mind. Through the universal mind, they take upon themselves the sins (bad sanskaras) of the ripe souls and thereby suffer themselves. They experience bliss through the soul and suffering through the mind. They enjoy the bliss through the soul, which is one with the Almighty, and bear the universal suffering through their universal mind.

The one who manifests as the Avatar has to give a spiritual push to the whole world. This is greater than the circle preparation work which all Sadgurus have to perform. This great push is the main difference in their duties.

Besides this difference, the Avatar is always perfect in all respects, spiritually as well as materially, and in particular, physically. The Avatar always has a charming personality with a beautiful, symmetrical face and body; while the Perfect Masters are generally of odd size and shape physically, with certain defects sometimes so abhorrent that one does not even like to look at them.

Christ, Muhammad, Zarathustra, Buddha, Ram and Krishna were Avatars and hence had charming personalities. So is Mine. Upasni Maharaj, Narayan Maharaj and such present Perfect Masters have one personal defect or another. Upasni Maharaj's stature was too big –like a giant. Narayan Maharaj was too small, short in stature – like a dwarf. But this physical difference between the Avatar and Sadgurus makes no real difference in their spiritual status, which is always divine.

When a Sadguru’s right hand and right foot are active, it signifies spiritual help for the person concerned to aid him in realising God. Similarly His left hand and left foot denote material happiness or miracles.  For those who have faith in a Sadguru, miracles happen automatically through the medium of Maya, but the circle members should not hope for such miracles because the Sadguru Himself is working for them.

By keeping the company with God realised being, a person’s worldly sanskaras get burnt up through the Master’s spiritual heat. That is why those near a Sadguru derive great spiritual benefit, and the merit of those who serve the Master is indeed immense. But their contact can only be formed if you have good sanskaras and deep devotion-the preparedness of past lives.

Fifty-six Realized souls do the work of maintaining the balance in universe

The number 56 denotes perfection. God has to take human form to do the work of maintaining a balance in the universe, and if only one Perfect Person existed He would not be sufficient for the purpose. For instance, a toddy shopkeeper needs several helpers–one to prepare the toddy, another to serve it, another to collect payment, et cetera. But if there is no shop, what is the use of helpers? Therefore, the universe must be maintained, and to carry out the affairs of the universe in an orderly manner fifty-six God-Realized persons are required.

The view of one eye is limited. This infinity of illusion requires the fifty-six people for an orderly management of the universe. All this is beyond your intellect. It is of no avail until Knowledge dawns and such Knowledge is not easy to come by. Such talk is all air – empty air – which one tries to grasp but cannot.

The five Perfect Masters of the time hold the key of the world

The key to the world is only one, but it is in the hands of the five Perfect Masters. For example, a safe has only one key and no other key can unlock it. The five Perfect Masters control the safe – the world.

One Master is the keeper of the key, without which the safe cannot be opened.

The second guards the safe which cannot be opened without his prior consent.

The third is the one who alone has the authority to use the key to unlock the safe.

The fourth is the one who has the right to distribute the riches in the safe. And

The fifth Master is the one who has the power to authorize the distribution.

Thus there is only one key to the world, equally shared among the five Masters. The five Perfect Masters, plus the fifty-one other God-Realized souls (majzoobs and jivanmuktas) control the key. These fifty-one are members of the parliament of the five Perfect Masters. Fifty-one plus five equals fifty-six; this number 56 never changes. In this way does the game of the world go on and on.

There are always 56 God-realised souls. Now, out of these 56, five are sent out into the world. But in every Avataric period these five become one, thus demonstrating the cycle when the Avatar appears in form. Therefore, the Avatar exists in the heart of these five as one.

These five are God-realised like the Avatar. All are one. But in the Avataric period, the Avatar is equal to five Sadgurus. Thus, five Sadgurus make one Avatar - that is the long and short of it. Therefore, if the Sadgurus were to show their hearts, you would find Me in them. Five are always alive. Babajan left her body. The one in her place need not necessarily be in Poona, but there must be five in the world.

Avatar gives spiritual push to the world:

People of the world act according to moral standard and socially acceptable behaviour, but the Avatar or Perfect Master deals with everyone according to his or her sanskaras. Thus spiritual life is totally and cannot be judged on the basis of morality, ethics or principle.

As a rule, Masters help individually according to temperament and fitness of the aspirant, but this being an Avataric Period, which means the end of previous cycle and beginning of a new one, My spiritual help to the humanity will be both individual and collective. “

The period of function of the old and new cycle usually connotes the advent of a Master who rejuvenates religious thought, infusing new life and meaning to the old order of things. Besides imparting the highest state of spirituality to a select few, He gives a general push to the whole world.

Avatar has no limitation of time and space in bestowing the Gift of God realization to anyone

For man there is a limitation of time and space. For God there is no limitation of time and space because He is everywhere at all times. For the God-Man or Avatar, there is no limitation of time and space as God; but as man He assumes the limitation of time and space to make man free of his limitations.

The Avatar is unique in as much as He is one with and conscious of everything and every being at all times. He is unique because He is commonly not understood yet most commonly lives in everything and every being. He is the Lord of all. He is the Master of Servitude of all.

He has a physical body, alternating His descent in different human forms on earth with the exigency of time and the needs of man. He has a subtle body to balance Universal Energy to the requirements of man. He has a mental body to focus the Universal Mind for the guidance of individual minds. He has a Universal Body to always maintain His link with the earth for a periodical descent on it in an individual body. He has the Universal ego and the Universal Consciousness to sustain His individuality and consciousness of God.

The Avatar is at all times the sole balancing power between Absolute God and illusion. He ever resides in both and is in perfect identity with them.

When one achieves God-realization by the grace of a Perfect Master, it is either at midnight or at five O'clock in the morning. But the Avatar can give God-realization at any time.

Avatar always appears in male form

After attaining the human form, as rule there is no reversion to animal forms, but human form may sometimes be male and some time female according to the sanskaras and the spiritual requirements of jeevatma. The female form has the special prerogative that even the Sadgurus and The Avatars have to be born through female form. The male form has the prerogative that majority of the Sadgurus appear in male form. Woman can be saint and Sadguru, but The Avatar always appear in male form.

God-realization is always given by one Master only

It is never presumptuous for anyone to hope for Realization. It is the goal of creation and the birthright of humanity. Blessed are they who are prepared to asserting that right in this very life. Truth-realization is born of such complete surrender to the engulfing love of God, of which the Master is the physical symbol and the channel.

God-realization is always given by Master at appropriate time

The Sadgurus bestow Realisation according to the divine plan chosen by the Avatar. So it is the Avatar who chooses who will become God-realised. It is for the Avatar's own special circle, lovers and devotees that He Himself bestows Realisation or Mukti (Liberation). All other souls receive Realisation or Mukti from the hands of the Sadgurus. Mukti occurs at the moment of death. On Realisation one retains the human body and continues to live.

This divine plan was laid out by the first soul when he came back down as the first Avatar. It is this plan that the Sadgurus execute in the timing of each soul's Realisation or Liberation.

The easiest and shortest way to God-realisation

The easiest and shortest way to God-realisation is through the contact of a Sadguru, which means keeping the company or sahavas of such a Master, obeying Him and serving Him. This remedy is like a special express train which carries you straight to your destination.

The second way is to repeat, with all love and in all sincerity, any one name of God, and in the absence of a Sadguru, to serve humanity selflessly. This is like a journey by a passenger train, which halts at almost every station.

The third method takes a very long time. It means performing all the rites and ceremonies of one's religion wholeheartedly and faithfully, but not mechanically. This method is like a freight train chugging along very slowly.

Help of an Avatar or Sadguru is essentially needed for God realization

To attain God-Love, at first the company of holy men is needed, which awakens shraddha (faith) in God. Then comes nishta (one-pointed devotion). After nishta comes bhakri (love). Then dawns bhava (ecstasy). Next maha-bhav. Lastly prem or (divine love). Of course, if the grace of an Avatar descends, love dawns in a flash. That comes to one in a million. When there are so many paths, stages and levels among devotees coming from the past, Baba agree that one cannot be King Janak all of a sudden.

A Perfect Master does not make you go through each plane. He takes you past them all, and the fun is you do not go. You just stay where you are; just as now you get up, go out and walk about. You think you go, but you are everywhere. Your mind takes this body. You are everywhere.

Avatar’s and Sadguru’s attitude towards their circle members

There is a difference in Avatar’s and Sadguru’s attitude towards their circle and toward general public. The members of the circle are like the sons of the Master, and the general public are like non-family members. For example: If a newsboy turns into millionaires, he would teach others the ways by which he became so, and tell them that if they followed him, they too, would become millionaires. But to his sons, he will give the riches-not descriptions of how he acquired the riches.

In the same way, Avatar and Sadguru never explain to the members of their circles the ways and means of path. They just place them right on the path to God-realisation itself; while to ordinary people, they explain the ways and means to achieve it. The circle members do not need these explanations, because they are inheritors of the divine wealth, the heirs. When the wealth itself is in hand, what is the necessity for explaining the ways to obtain it?

There are special rules for My circle members. I put up with and forgive their serious faults. It is universal law for the masses that punishment for murder is death by execution. But there is a special rule for My circle members. They are always saved from execution.

Difference between the state of a Majzoob, Perfect Master and an ordinary man- a simile

For example, there is a man sailing in a boat on the ocean, He is enjoying the sea breezes and being out of water. But if he himself turns to the ocean, what is the use of the boat? When the man was without knowledge of the ocean and its greatness, it was necessary for him to use the boat as a means of enjoying the pleasures of boating. But what care does he have for the boat when he himself becomes the ocean. This the state of Majzoob, who does not care for the boat (body) which now drifts here and there at the mercy of the waters.

The Sadguru, however, does care and make use of the boat. He can move and carry it whenever and wherever He likes, by catching hold of it from the bottom under the water; whereas, mankind is drifting here and there without advancing at all towards the Goal. Such is difference between the states of a majzoob, Sadguru and an ordinary human being. But this difference, though apparently quite trivial, is actually tremendous beyond imagination.

Avatar and Sadguru are like Pearl diver-an example

In the beginning the seeker of truth is like a man who, having heard that priceless pearl is to be got from the depths of the ocean, goes down to the sea-shore and first admires the vastness of ocean and then paddle and splashes about in the shallows and intoxicated with this new excitement, forgets about the pearl.

Out of many who do this, one after a while, remembers his quest and learns to swim and starts to swim out.

Out of many who masters swimming, one begins dive; the others in their enjoyment of mastery and forget about the pearl.

Out of many who practice diving, one reaches the ocean of bed and grasps the pearl.

Out of many who get hold of the pearl, one swims back up to the surface with it, the others stay stuck on the floor gazing with wonder at the pearl.

Out of many who swim up to the surface, one returns to the shore. This one is the Perfect Master (Qutub or Sadguru) and He shows His pearl to others; the divers, the swimmers, the beginners and so encourages them in their efforts. But He can if He wishes cause another to become possessor of the pearl without one having to learn swimming and diving.

But the God-Man or Avatar is the Master of Masters (Qutub-al-Aktab), and give possession of the pearl to any number He likes. The Qutub is perfect Perfection, but it is circumscribed by His office in regard to His help to men. The Avatar is beyond the limits of function; His power and the effects are boundless. The absolute Perfection of the Perfect Master is the same as God-Man’s. The difference between them is in the scope of functioning. One is limited, and the other is unlimited.

Difference between the Avatar and Sadguru

There is no difference in consciousness of the Avatar and a Sadguru, or in their perfection. Both are one with God. Experience infinite power, knowledge and bliss, and both use these aspects of sat-chit-anand for the universe. The difference is in the scope of their working. Perfect Master works for the selected few in a chosen way and for the universe in a general way. The Avatar works for the selected few in a special way and for the universe in a chosen way. So although both work for the universe and the field of their working is not limited, the scope

of their work is different.

 

 

Sl.No Aspects of comparison Sadguru Avatar
1 Consciousnesses I am God, Ahm Brahmasmi Same as of Sadguru
2 Time  domain One life time 700 to 1400 years
3 Spiritual help to other Can give realisation to many in His life-time Can give realisation to many even all creation
4 Way of working Acts to help to other Becomes to help other
5 Gender Male and female both Only male
6 Selection of

Parents

Cannot Selects of His  own
7 Selection of       place of birth Cannot Selects of His own
8 Ascent and

Descent as God

Man becoming God-( Man –God) God becoming man- God-Man
9 Suffering Suffers for humanity Suffers for the universe
10 Personality Not beautiful Always beautiful

 

Three types of Gurus or Masters in the world at all times

  1. The imposter;
  2. The genuine but limited Guru, the Wali or master of the 5th plane, and the Pir or master of the 6th plane;
  3. The perfect Guru or Sadguru or Avatar, who is God-realized.

When a Wali is pleased with someone, he whispers or breathes a divine word in ear, or he looks steadily into the eyes of the person concerned, and causes a lift in that person's consciousness. In this heightened consciousness, the person can easily read the thoughts of those near him if he wants to. He sees coloured lights, and sometimes sees the face of the Wali within the light. But the Wali may raise one to his own level of consciousness, and cause him to identify himself with the mental body, and he sees his gross and subtle bodies distinctly as garments that he wears. Although this raising of another's consciousness is not mere hypnotism, but bestowal of an experience of a very high order, the state enjoyed, being within the domain of limitation (had) is still part of the passing show of illusion. The angle of vision has merely shifted from what it was previously. The view is vastly greater, but he still faces Maya with his back to God.

A Pir does not use either of the methods of the Wali. When he is pleased with someone he may ask for a glass of water or a cup of tea, and taking a sip or two, may give it to him to drink. Or he may ask the person for something, such as a handkerchief or scarf, and after using it for some time, return it to him. By such a seemingly insignificant action, the Pir may bring him up through any of the lower planes, even to his own station, and cause him to take a complete about-turn, so that Maya is forever behind him, and before him is the indescribable beauty and glory of God.

In his lifetime a Wali and a Pir can raise one person, or at most two persons, to his own level of consciousness. A Pir cannot take anyone beyond the sixth plane, which denotes the very edge of limitation. There is an abyss to be crossed between the sixth and the seventh planes of consciousness, between the last point in limitation and infinite limitlessness, the goal. A Pir is himself in the realm of duality, and therefore cannot take anyone to the unitive state of unlimited consciousness. A Sadguru, being beyond the bounds of limitation, can and does do so. He utilizes infinite ways (including direct physical touch, or even just a wish) for the bestowing of His grace on the ones He chooses, to make them transcend duality and merge in the consciousness of God the unlimited (Behad).

A Wali or a Pir necessarily requires the physical presence of a person whose level of consciousness he intends to raise. But time and space are no obstacles to a Sadguru when He wishes to bestow His grace on any person or thing. The person concerned may be thousands of miles away, or not even in a physical body. Just a wish of the Sadguru can instantaneously establish that particular individual in the consciousness of the seventh plane of limitlessness (Behad).

A Pir can make one see God. But even then one's 'real I' still has falseness attached to it. A Sadguru, at the right moment, whisks away entirely the entire falseness. And how does he do it? That is inexplicable. Only he who is knowledge itself can do this. When falseness is entirely shed, real individuality is established. This is the 'I am God' state.

 

 

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  1. THEME OF CREATION

There are number of theories on creation on universe; Manu and Smiriti, Adam and Eve, Big band theory, Darwin’s theory and scientific theory of theory from single cell of amoeba.

Baba spoke of a calm and quiet Ocean, saying that the Ocean was God, who was in a sound sleep. One day the Ocean was stirred by a whiff of wind and awoke from sleep, saying, "Who am I?" No sooner had it asked the question than an unlimited number of drops were flung on the shore far from the Ocean. These drops, separated from the Ocean, became individual souls, and each soul in turn asked the question, "Who am I?" and that is how evolution started.

Each drop first took the form of gaseous matter, and then evolved to various forms of stone, metal, plant, worm, fish, bird and animal until it reached the human form. Evolution then ended and reincarnation began. Baba said that the drop soul has to take form eight million, four hundred thousand times, (something like 50 crores of sleeps of death) and as it travels through all these experiences, it comes nearer and nearer the Ocean.

Eventually it begins its final journey, which Baba called involution, across the seven planes of consciousness that will reunite it with the Ocean. When it comes to the sixth plane, it stands face to face with God, the Ocean, but here is a deep, deep chasm that is extremely difficult and painful to cross. When the soul succeeds in crossing this chasm, it reaches the seventh plane and merges back into the Ocean, becoming one with it, and realizes, "I am the Ocean that is God.”

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  1. WISH AND WILL

Baba’s wish for His lovers:

  1. Do not shirk your responsibilities.
  2. Attend faithfully to your worldly duties, but keep always at the back of your mind that all this is Baba's.
  3. When you feel happy, think: "Baba wants me to be happy." When you suffer, think: "Baba wants me to suffer."
  4. Be resigned to every situation and think honestly and sincerely: "Baba has placed me in this situation."
  5. With the understanding that Baba is in everyone, try to help and serve others.
  6. I say with My Divine authority to each and all that whosoever takes My name at the time of breathing his last comes to Me; so do not forget to remember Me in your last moments. Unless you start remembering Me from now on, it will be difficult to remember Me when your end approaches. You should start practicing from now on. Even if you take My name only once every day, you will not forget to remember Me in your dying moments. –Meher Baba

WILL

  1. Be resigned to the will of God.

2.Do not use your Mind when the will of the Beloved God becomes your will then you are footless and headless.

  1. Everything happens as per God’s will and is necessary whenever you accomplish in all that you do or do not do is My will.”
  2. The Truth is that not a leaf moves but by will of God.
  3. There is no free will. Everything is according with working of one’s own sanskaras.
  4. When My will becomes your way, you are safe and you are saved. I know the way and its labyrinths for I am the Way and I am the Goal. –Meher Baba

Free will

There is no free will. Everything is in accordance with the working out of one's own sanskaras,

We have free will to the extent that we choose to remain separated from our true being. There is no other free will besides this. You exercise your freedom either to become His slave or to remain a slave to yourself. That's the only free will you have.

You have heard of the Perfect Master, Ramakrishna, who lived in Calcutta. Ramakrishna was a Perfect Master of His age. Once He gave to His disciples the following figure on free will. A frog lives in a well, he has the freedom of the entire well, and he thinks that the well is the whole world.

He says to himself, 'I am the Lord of this place, I am the possessor of all, and I can do whatever I wish in this world of mine.' Inside the well the frog thinks that he has free will to do whatever he wishes and to remain as he wants to be. But he does not know that his world is only just a little hole.

So we have our free will, but Meher Baba says our free will is to the extent and limit of that moment when we either consciously seek to realise our true Self, or continue to remain separate from our true Self. That is the important thing Baba has said - you do have your free will; but that free will is to the extent you can exercise your freedom to remain separate from Me, your true Self.

My will and wish are two different things

It is a fact when I say nothing happens but by My will. For you, it should be said by you thus, 'Nothing should happen but what Baba wishes.' This means that My will and wish are two different things.

He added in cryptic fashion, "As nothing happens but by My will, your going against My wish is by My will."

I want you to do this means I would like you to do it if you can. That is, it is a request. I wish you to do this means I want you to obey whether you can or you cannot. That is, it is an order. In such cases there is a chance of the wish being thwarted by disobedience, by not obeying. I want you to do something means that you are definitely, automatically have to do it, and you are able to do it because I make you do it – because it is My will.

When I give an order, it is not like an order given by a commander in the field of battle. Rather, when I give an order, it implies My pleasure. It should not be equated with the order given by a General. In My case, it is an expression of My pleasure. Thus, I give you scope to exert your very most to please Me.

The Divine wish turns the Divine will into action

The Divine Will always operates in Creation, but the Wish comes only from the Avatar. Perfect Masters simply follow the Divine Plan He has created.

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. To tread the Path of Truth and go beyond happiness and suffering, the Divine Wish is required.

The Wish comes because you are in contact with an enlightened one. You don't think about good and bad; you go beyond them. Thoughts become very natural to you; you have no question of thinking. You have only one thought, to think of Him.

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.

Everything happens according to Divine will, and it is mistake to think that God has a reason has a rival in form of a devil. Accentuation of forces of good is necessary for releasing Divine life in fullness. But the evil itself often plays an important part in accentuating the forces for the good, and it becomes on inevitable shadow or counterpart of the good. Like other opposites of experience, good and evil are also, in a sense, opposites which have to be withstood and transcended. One has to rise above the duality of good and evil, and accept life in its totality, in which they appear as obstructions. Life is to be seen and lived in its indivisible integrity.

The Divine Will is always there; the Wish changes from time to time according to circumstance. The wish makes you want to pursue the Divine. When people follow different religions, even though they are under Divine Will, they cannot put the Divine Wish into action. In order to tread the Path of Truth, you have to follow His Wish, and Divine Will is automatically put into action.

All things animate and inanimate obey Divine Will, but only human beings can be under His Wish. It makes you follow His Will rightly. If you follow His Wish, you automatically look after His pleasure.

Divine Will is a river going inexorably towards the Ocean, taking everything heedlessly in its course, animate and inanimate. The flow of the river is continuous, but there are certain obstructions, eddies or pools, where souls can become trapped. The Divine Wish is like a strong hand pushing the soul into the fastest current in the river towards the Ocean, even though the river is always in the Ocean. What a paradox!

When you follow the Divine Wish, your journey to the Ocean is very short, though sometimes the quickest channel is over a waterfall, bumping against every rock, or in a tidal current that is racing towards the Ocean at breakneck speed. Most people must undergo 84 lakhs (hundreds of thousands) of births before they reunite with God. But if you come under Divine Wish, the number of births required is reduced.

Souls can resist the Divine Wish, but they cannot resist the Divine Will. There are also degrees of following His Wish. Someone who follows His Wish 100% will seek His pleasure 100% as well as obeying the Divine Will 100%. For instance, by living at Manzil-e-Meem, Dr. Ghani was following Baba's Wish. But when he wanted to sleep and Baba wanted him to play cricket, Ghani was following his own wish and not Baba's.

When people are suffering, the Wish makes it possible to put the Will into action towards the Divinity, to tread the Path of Truth. Wish is that which takes the Will and gives it force to proceed in the right direction, above good and bad, towards Divinity.

Free will and Divine will-an example

It's like a train journey. Once the journey begins, you are stuck with whatever baggage you have. This baggage represents your sanskaras. Divine will represent the route. You can't alter the route of the journey. The train takes a fixed route to its destination. Your free will is only restricted to what you can do on the train. Either you can look out the window, play cards, chat with your fellow passengers, and go to sleep or read a book.

Although the options are many and the activity you do on the train may give you a sense that you can alter your journey, yet it is not the case. Your life, the beginning and end and the route that it takes, is fixed by the Divine will. What you do on the fixed route is your free will. How you accepts the events in your life, the people who are supposed to meet you, how you interact with them that is your free will. It is this free will that will decide your next journey and the baggage that you will carry on it.

You see, there is very little one can do to avoid the major events, whether they are mishaps or successes, from happening. These have already been ordained for you and based on your past sanskaras or actions of your past life. However, there is one thing that you can do - accept these events joyfully and gracefully, filling up every moment with Baba's remembrance. If you do this successfully, not only His remembrance will soften the impact of the mishaps or other bad events that are meant to occur in your life, but eventually it will finish off your journey once and for all. It will take you to the final goal of all journeys, after which you have to journey no more.

A man once approached the Prophet Mohammad with the question, 'Tell me Prophet Mohammad, are all my actions because of Divine will, or is it all my free will?'

The Prophet was seated talking with His disciples when the man asked this question. He knew the intention of the man was to trap Him. He asked the man who was seated to stand up. Then Prophet Mohammad started talking with His disciples and ignored the man. After a while, the man got restless. He again asked the same question and asked Him to give a reply if He knew the answer and not keep him standing.

The Prophet looked at the man and said, 'Yes, I will give you your reply but first you raise your one leg and stand.

The man did as he was asked to do and stood on one leg. The Prophet again started talking with His disciples, completely ignoring the man as if He had forgotten about him.

After some time, the man was visibly upset with anger asked the Prophet, 'Why don't you answer instead of making me stand on one foot?

The Prophet looked at the man and said, 'Yes, I am going to answer your question, but first you must do what I ask you to do. Raise your second leg also and stand.

On hearing this, the man was totally infuriated. How can anyone stand with both legs raised? You are asking me to do silly things instead of answering my question. Do you have any answer?'

The Prophet said, 'Yes. The first leg that you raised is your free will. To the extent that you can move your leg around is the extent of your free will. Your second leg represents the Divine will which supports your free will and just as you are unable to raise your second leg and stand, you cannot change the Divine will and whatever is your free will is also totally dependent on the Divine will.”

 

 

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  1. VIOLENCE AND NON-VIOLENCE

The world “Violence” and “Non-Violence” are, in ordinary references, applicable to such diverse situations in the practical life that no exposition of the issues involved can be complete, unless it takes note of these diverse situations and uses them as starting point.

According to diverse situations Non-Violence and Violence can be categorized as under.

Non Violence

  1. Non-Violence pure and simple- (based upon Divine love)-Here one sees his own Self and is beyond both friendship and enmity, and never does a single thought of violence enter his mind under any circumstances. This is possible when the state of pure and Infinite Love is reached and the aspirant is one with God.
  2. Non -Violence of brave- (based on Unlimited Pure Love)-This applies to those who, although not one with all through actual realisation, consider no one as their enemy and try to win over even the aggressor through love and give up their love by being attacked, not through fear, but through love.
  3. Non –Violence of strong- Suppose a physically strong man is insulted and spat by and arrogant man who is nevertheless weak and suppose that strong man who has got the power to crush the arrogant man, not only desists from hurling the arrogant man but calmly explains him the gospel of love. This action implies Non-Violence, but it is non-violence of strong.
  4. Non -Violence of the coward- (based on unlimited weakness of character and mind)-those who do not resist aggression because of fear and for no other reason, belong to this class.

Violence

  1. Non-Violent Violence (Based on unlimited love) - Violence done solely for defending the weak and where there is no question of self-defence or of self motive.
  1. Selfless Violence (Based on limited human love)- Violence done in self-defence when attacked treacherously and with no other selfish motive:-for example – when one’s mother’s honour is on the point of being violated by a lusty desperado and when one defends his mother; so also when the motherland’s honour is at stake and it is being attacked by enemies, the nation’s selfless effort at defending the motherland is selfless violence
  1. Selfish Violence (Based on and lust)- When violence is done for selfish motive by an individual or nation for power and selfish gains, etc

 Violence without hatred

Suppose a mad dog has run amock and likely to bite school children and teachers in the school destroy the mad dog in order to protect the children. This destruction of mad-dog does imply violence but there is no hatred.

Neither Violence nor Non violence

Situation-1-Suppose a man, who does not know person who comes to his help and the clasping is often so awkward that how to swim, has fallen in a lake and is being drowned and that there is nearby another person, who is good at swimming and who wants to save him from being drowned. The man who is being drowned has a tendency to grasp desperately the person who comes to his help and the clasping is often that it may not only make it impossible for the drowning man to be saved, but may even bring about drowning of one, who has come to help him. One, who desires to save a drowning man, has, therefore, to render him unconscious by hitting him on the head, before he begins to help him. Striking on the head of the drowning man, under such circumstances, cannot be looked upon either as Violence or as Non-Violence.

Situation-2-Suppose a man is suffering from some contagious disease, which can be only cured through an operation. Now in order to cure this suffering man as well as to protect others from catching this infection, a surgeon may have to remove the infected part from his body by the using knife. This cutting of the body by a knife is also among the things which cannot be looked upon either as violence or non-violence.

It will therefore be seen that while the non-violence, pure and simple is the goal of life. This goal has to be achieved by individual seekers of God by following “Non-violence of the brave”. The masses who have not the requisite intense longing for being one with Him, have to be gradually led toward this goal on the principles of “Non-violent violence” or those of “Selfless violence” according to circumstances. In this connection, it must be clearly understood that ‘Non-Violent Violence’ and ‘Selfless Violence’ are merely means of attaining the goal of life, namely pure and simple “non violence” ‘or the “Love Infinite”. These means must not be confused or otherwise mixed up with the goal itself.

Lesson on violence and non-violence for spiritual aspirants

If you are a perfect follower of non-violence, you give an oath that you will not hurt any creature. However, if you saw one dog killing three cats, what you would do – kill the dog? If you stood aside, you would allow killing of the three cats. If you keep silent, you are helping to kill three cats. If you kill the dog you are violent.

There is a tiger among the herd of cattle and you have a gun I your house that you do not touch, because of your oath of non-violence. You know you can kill the tiger and save the herd. What would you do? Kill the tiger, but (remain) detached-this is what Krishna teaches. Do not follow violence or non-violence, just be detached. You must kill for the good of the herd. In case of Arjuna, it was for the spiritual good of others, who were like tigers of lust and greed.

Is it right to go for war? Go for war if called and you cannot avoid it, but do not fight for the sake of killing. You just help and kill or be killed without fear and anger toward the killer. Few, very few can do so. Why do I want war? To make the things right for spiritual progress and advancement.

An spiritual aspirant has to put everything at stake for the sake of duty

As a rule, spiritual aspirants are indifferent to purely material well-being. They are prone to be indifferent to war as well as war-effect on the grounds that most wars are actuated by purely material considerations, But it is a mistake to divorce spirituality from material considerations. Material considerations do have a spiritual aspect and importance. Even spiritual aspirants, who are wrapped up in the super-sensible realities of inner life, can ill afford to ignore war, particularly when they are directly involved in it. Spiritual aspirants take their stand upon the reality of the Infinite Soul; it should, therefore, be easy for them to stake everything for the sake of duty which springs from the claims of the spirit.

 

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  1. SPIRITUAL PATH

There are innumerable opinions and innumerable paths leading to God. Baba as Krishna, in his universal divine song Bhagavad Gita, laid the three paths of dnyan (knowledge), karma (action) and bhakti (devotion, love).

These are briefly described as under:

  1. Karma Marg/yoga
  2. Dhyan Marg/yoga
  3. Bhakti Marg/ yoga

The aim and end of these four yogas is the stopping of the mind in the thinking conscious awake state, i.e. the changing of the falseness of the Infinite thinking to the realness in the thinking i.e. the getting rid of the sanskaras completely in the conscious state

  1. Karma Marg / yoga

Karma Yoga; -In this yoga the Infinite Mind does Karma (i.e. takes the experience of Subtle and gross universe through its subtle and gross body) by the subtle and gross body according to the past impressions attached on it. But whilst doing the Karma (i.e. while taking the experience of those fine impressions that are attached on it in Subtle and gross form, and thus spending them) It remains unaffected. It does not become anxious of the result. It neither becomes happy by success nor miserable by failure. It only does the karma as duty.

 

The science behind Karma Yoga is this: In the normal process of experiencing impressions, using our example of the impressions of a king and a beggar, new impressions are created that have to be experienced that set the stage for the beggar to be reborn a king and the king to be reborn a beggar. Meher Baba calls this process the spending of impressions. Here, the spending consists of exchanging impressions—one gets rid of some impressions, but in the process, gets new impressions.

 

In Karma Yoga, the subtle and gross experiences are not checked, but the mind remains aloof from any and all consequences resulting from those actions, i.e. pleasure or pain, praise or blame etc. This seems, at first thought, to be much more difficult than simply checking the gross action in the first place.
Millions and millions of lifetimes are needed for this inevitable state to be reached; Meher Baba has compared this with travelling in a goods train which is detained indefinitely at various stations without any schedule.

  1. Dnyan Marg /yoga.

In dnyan yoga the mind (Infinite Mind) tries to check Itself from experiencing Its fine impressions in gross form. The desire, which means the sanskaras in subtle form that can give the subtle experience, appears; but the mind checks this desire from being fulfilled. This means that the mind does not take the gross experience; and so the fine impression is experienced subtly or spent. In short, the mind checks itself from taking the gross experience.

In the ordinary general human case, the mind spends the past sanskaras and gathers new ones and so does not become free from the sanskaras. In karma yoga, the mind spends the past sanskaras but does not gather new ones and so becomes free from the sanskaras. In dnyan yoga, the mind does not spend the sanskaras and does not collect new ones too, but kills the past sanskaras.

But Baba says that this yoga, Dnyan Yoga is very, very, difficult and a more thorough introspection leads to the conclusion that this checking of the experience —not expressing the sanskaras in the form of desires in gross action -is not quite the same thing as what is more commonly understood as simple repression, and I believe the difference comes down to motive.

In this yoga the mind takes the subtle experience of not taking the gross experience of the past fine impressions or sanskaras; and so this creates new impressions quite opposite to the old impressions which are then killed by the new ones. In this yoga (i.e. by this process of not taking the gross experience or killing carnal desire, nafs kushi) the mind creates such new impressions so as to kill the old impressions

In Dnyan Yoga there is none of this internal bargaining. Here, the yogi can have only two legitimate motives; the desire to be free of (to kill) all impressions and the second is to have the experience of union with God. Meher Baba compared this path of meditation or yoga as travelling in an ordinary train which stops at every station according to time table and takes scheduled time to reach final destination.

3.Bhakti Marg / Yoga

Through bhakti yoga the mind loses its consciousness of the bodies and so of the universe. In this yoga, the Infinite false mind (jiv) thinks Itself separate from the Infinite Intelligence (Paramatma) and worships and loves it and thus becomes engrossed in It and unconscious of the body and the universe to the proportion of Its engrossment in It. The more the mind loves and worships It the more It becomes engrossed in it and so the more It becomes unconscious of the bodies and the universe. And when It becomes engrossed in it most, i.e. loses completely the consciousness of Its bodies and the universe, then It becomes one with It (Paramatma), (i.e. becomes Shiv), i.e. the worshipper and the worshipped become one.

Bhakti, or worship, means the turning away of the mind from the bodies and the universe to the Self…

Speaking about the difficulty of Bhakti Yoga, Meher Baba says that in the beginning, while enjoying the state of absorption in Paramatma (God), the sanskaras are not experienced, but they do remain, and when the yogi comes down from his state of absorption he begins to become conscious of those sanskaras and begins to take their experience

Like Karma and Dnyan Yogas, this Bhakti Yoga is no easy matter. Just try to keep your mind on God, or Bliss, or Infinite love, for anything more than a few seconds, and notice how you can’t do it—how your thought keep returning to the mundane or what Baba calls “the bodies and the universe.

Thus in karma and dnyan yoga the mind tries to gain consciousness of the self by getting rid of sanskaras; whereas bhakti yoga the mind tries to gain consciousness of self either by stopping its thinking.

Meher Baba says: Through either of these yogas) the sanskaras may disappear in time, although (this) is almost impossible (which many times requires many lives even to complete this yoga for getting rid of the sanskaras) but by the Sadguru Kripa (the grace of the Sadguru, God-Realized Guru) the sanskaras disappear in a second, i.e. the mind is stopped in a second i.e. complete engrossment is gained in a second i.e. Self consciousness is gained in a second.”

Supremacy of the path of following a God-Realized Master over all forms of yoga, spiritual paths, religions and teachings, Meher Baba compared this path as travelling in a special train which will take one to the goal in shortest possible time without any halt at intermediate stations.

Trance and samadhi

Trance, which the Sufis term "hal" and the Vedantists "bhav," is just a momentary ecstasy which, in the true spiritual sense, has no great value. During this state of hal, one feels unconscious of his surroundings and of his own body, but conscious of an overpowering force of bliss pouring in on his soul. As soon as this bhav ends, he is just his ordinary self.

Samadhi is inner sight. There are four different types of samadhi (trance)

  1. Yoga samadhi.
  2. Tantric samadhi
  3. Nirvikalpa samadhi and
  4. Sahaj samadhi.

Yoga  samadhi

1 & 2. Yoga samadhi and tantric samadhi have no importance spiritually. In them one feels at peace with everything and everyone, and finally finds his mind still. But as soon as this samadhi is over, he is again his own ordinary self. Most yogis, after this samadhi, feel the strain of illusion even more. It is like intoxication; one feels in harmony with everything for a while, but when the intoxication is over, one gets a headache. So, yoga samadhi and tantric samadhi are like getting drunk. One feels as if oneself is an emperor, as if one could do anything; but as soon as it is over, the stress and strain of life resume.

Explaining further yoga-samadhi, Baba stated, "Real perception and illumination are permanent, and only the grace of the Master makes a person enlightened. There are so many persons who practice yoga and attain samadhi through it. But this state is temporary. No sooner is a yogi out of samadhi than he becomes aware of the world like any ordinary human being. This means that enlightenment is constant and real knowledge is derived from it. Very few can gain enlightenment – seeing God. So what is there to say about the ultimate union with God – Self-Realization?

  1. In nirvikalpa samadhi, which the Sufis call fana, and which means passing away from selfhood to Union with God, the soul identifies itself with God. This samadhi is the real samadhi. Here, one becomes God. God's Knowledge is His Knowledge; God's Bliss is His Bliss; God's Power is His Power; God's Beauty is His Beauty! During this samadhi, he has no consciousness of body, energy, mind, universe, but is only conscious of the Self as God. Very, very few get this nirvikalpa samadhi.
  2. Sahaj Samadhi. This is called fana-fillah, meaning one who has been made One with God. It is said, after cycles and cycles, one gets fana. Very few such persons regain normal consciousness. But One who does regain normal consciousness has sahaj samadhi. Sahaj samadhi is nirvikalpa samadhi in action, when one is fully conscious of the universe. Such a One, when he eats, speaks, moves about, plays or does anything, is enjoying nirvikalpa samadhi all the time. He is called a Qutub, which in Persian means the centre of everything – the Pivot – what we name a Perfect Master. He is now on every plane of consciousness, one with God, even on the level of an ant; and simultaneously he is functioning in the gross, subtle and mental worlds. He is above everything.

Sahaj samadhi means effortless oneness. It is as simple as moving the hands or winking the eyelids.

Thinking of Me, you can still do everything you need to do in the world. This is not sahaj samadhi, but sahaj dnyan. Even while eating, drinking, working, while looking at motion pictures, or attending to your business, you will still feel that Baba is with you. This is sahaj dnyan

Kundalini

Kundalini is also known as the “Serpent Power” in Hindu Shastras. The word chakra is in sanskrit, and literally mean wheel, or a revolving disc. The chakras are called Power-Centres in man and their subtle locations are indicated by the physical organ which they correspond.

They are

Base of spine ( Moolaadhara)

Naval Chakra (Svaadhisthaan)

Spleen Chakra (Manipura)

Heart Chakra (Anaahata)

Throat Chakra (Vishuddha)

Between Eye and brows Chakra ( Aajana)

Top of the head Chakra ( Sahasraar)

Moolaadhara Chakra is the seat of Kundalini and after having been awakened in the first Chakra, it moves to the second Chakra and then to the third and so on. Each chakra confers power.

 

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  1. MERCY

Mercy is God’s nature.

For My friends, I kill them and it is highest mercy on them. My mercy and grace to them are troubles and harassment.-Meher Baba

Trouble and harassment is real mercy

Some of the mandali complained to Baba, "Staying with you is nothing but harassment. Life is so full of hardships now. There is no other thought in our minds and hearts except death. We look happy to others; we eat and drink with everyone who comes, but who sees the dagger piercing our hearts?

In reply, Meher Baba explained, consoling them, It is My grace. This is My real mercy which descends on a very, very select few. These are My friends. They are My lovers to whom I give the gift of sorrow and distress. It is a gift much greater than gold – of incalculable value – and not given to all. This gift is only for My beloved children. We Masters can grant a world of gold, of happiness and prosperity to others by our blessings, but this rare and great gift of privations, troubles and suffering is destined for only a few.

So, don't be anxious. Remember that I love most those whose hearts I pierce and who, though their hearts are wounded, stay with Me and stick to Me through thick and thin. Were I to use My dagger on outsiders, they would not dare approach Me. I keep them happy with praise and encouragement so that they may be in My contact and gradually fit to bow down to Me in the real sense of the word. For My friends – I kill them and it is My highest mercy on them. What is My mercy? What is My grace? It is your trouble and harassment.

 

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  1. LIFE

If understood, life is simply a jest,

If misunderstood, life becomes a pest.

Once overcome, life is ever at rest.

For pilgrims of the Path, life is test.

When relinquished through love, life is at its best.

Life is a mighty joke! He who knows this can hardly be understood by others.

He who does not know it feels himself in a state of delusion. He ponders over this problem day and night, but finds himself incapable of knowing it.-Meher Baba

People take life seriously and God lightly, whereas we must take God seriously and life lightly. Then we know that we always were the same and will ever remain the same — the originator of this joke! This knowledge is not achieved by reasoning; it is born of experience."-Meher Baba

Life is like a movie

In movie in which a villain annoys an innocent, decent man. He catches him, harasses him and wants to kill him. The spectators are fascinated by such drama and want to know if the poor man will manage to free himself from the clutches of the villain. If the victim overcomes his dilemma, the spectators feel happy; but if the villain gets the upper hand, they feel miserable. When the show is over, they realize it was merely a film – a picture on the screen – and the feelings that surged within them while watching it were without any basis. It was a mirage in which they were absorbed.

Your life is like that. It is a mere movie which has no substance to it for it is false – made-up. All that you see about you is absolutely nothing. Everything is false – an illusion, a play, a film, a mirage! Therefore, I repeatedly emphasize to one and all, do not be attracted by Maya; always pray sincerely to God and remember Him. Hold fast to My feet and I will lead you on the path to Realization.

 

 

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  1. HUMOUR

Baba stated that Creation is God's Lila (Divine Sport) and that it 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.

Baba began in a humorous vein. "Whether I am the Avatar or Shaitan one thing is certain and that is I have a great sense of humour. It is My sense of humour that makes Me rejoice to see Anna 104 (disciple) and happy to listen to the irrelevant talk of Babadas. Anna's type of personality is more than enough to exhaust the patience and forbearance of rishis and munis (saints and sages). Yet, I cannot help but humour them both, and going out of My way to keep them near Me. Both of them have rendered great and unique service to Me and I know that they both love Me sincerely."

Baba then referred to incidents from the different lives of the Avatar that expressed a deep sense of humour. He continued:

It is said that once Rasool-e-Khuda (the Messenger of God) felt indisposed and someone suggested that that was due to an evil eye and that He should sleep on a pillow with an open knife underneath it. He did so, and thereafter declared himself to be all right. Call it ordinary or call it Divine; it was Mohammed's sense of humour.

It is a fact that, during the childhood of His grandsons, Hassan and Hussain, the Prophet predicted the Moharram "Karbala" to His daughter Fatima, the mother of (the) martyrs. The Prophet did not try to avoid (or avert) the tragedy and that was only because of God's Divine sense of humour in Mohammed.

Likewise, the strife between the Kauravas and the Pandavas and the consequent bloodshed was not only due to the Divine sense of humour in Krishna, but its height was reached when Krishna himself died through an arrow that accidentally struck one of His legs from the bow of an ordinary hunter who never had any intention of harming the Rangila (playful) Avatar in any way.

The kind-hearted Jesus knew very well that His nearest disciple would betray Him and thus lead to His crucifixion; but, because of the Divine sense of humour, Christ could not help getting Himself crucified, although the world rightly continues to look upon Him as the Saviour of humanity.

The funniest Divine sense of humour was on the part of Buddha when He simply died of simple dysentery, though His "medicine" for the spiritual bimaries (illnesses) of mankind holds the field to this day.

In short, save for a change in the circumstances, the atmosphere and the surroundings, the same old, old story goes on repeating again and again which by itself proves the Divine sense of humour.

The manifestation of the Divine Fun (Sport) or Lila, however, depends upon the Great Ones (Perfect Ones) of God who achieve Oneness with God; and, thus, in spite of raising themselves above the Law of Duality, they still retain the Divine sense of humour to uphold the universal law of ignorance through which Knowledge Divine is achieved for all eternity.

Those who were with Me at the spot at the time of My car accident in America can alone well describe My own sense of humour as to how thoroughly battered, bruised and literally helpless and hopeless I was when lying with broken bones in a pool of My own blood together with My dearest ones, I yet maintained My silence and My consciousness throughout the crisis and the long period of convalescence