*SUBSTANTIVE EPISODES

THE ALL-KNOWING AND ALL-PERVADING ONE

A. V. Vegavulu

In the summer of 1959 Avatar Meher Baba gave darshan to His lovers in Guru Prasad, Poona. One day, after having His darshan, Dr. Moorty and I came out of Guru Prasad and went o a nearby restaurant to have a cup of tea before returning to Guru Prasad for the second session.

On the way we both were talking, of course, only about Beloved Baba's glory and divinity. During the course of our talk I happened to say that Beloved Meher Baba is not only the Avatar of the Age but, being the Ancient One, He was also Rama, Krishna, Christ and Buddha.

Dr. Moorty agreed that Baba is the Avatar but insisted that Baba had never claimed to be Rama, Krishna, or Christ. He added that in all of his extensive reading of Baba literature, he had never come across such a claim.

I repeated my position and he repeated his and we were still caught up in this discussion when we arrived back at Guru Prasad. But to our surprise the darshan had ended early and everyone was walking toward the gate. The day’s darshan program was over.

At this point, brother Eruch came out from Meher Baba's room and announced that Meher Baba wanted everyone to come back and assemble near the porch of Guru Prasad. When we heard this, we, along with the others, rushed forward and stood anxiously waiting.

Beloved Meher Baba came out and gave a message to the effect that He was Rama, He was Krishna, He was Christ and now He was Meher Baba, the Avatar of the Age. As soon as this message was given, Baba told us all to disperse.

Dr. Moorty and I were amazed. Although the message had been for one and all, it was especially significant to the two of us. It brought home to us that Meher Baba is not only the
Ancient One, but He is indeed the All-knowing and All-pervading One.

(Showers of Grace, pp-18-19, ed. Bal Natu copyright 1984, AMBPPCT)

UNTOUCHABILITY

Baba demonstrated how the problem of untouchability to be solved.

Once, Baba was bathing Harijan boys of the school. All were present. A well-dressed learned gentleman who had some religious authority came and sought Baba’s darshan. Baba sent words to him, “You would not get darshan unless you bathe one of the Harijan boys.”

It was a habit with these pundits not to touch Harijan and if they touched by accident, they would take bath and wash their cloths too. The pandit replied that he would obey Baba’s order and was ready to bathe the Harijan.

He was ushered in a bath room. He took out his turban, shawl and coat and remained only in shirt and dhoti. He up-turned his sleeves. Baba asked him to take a seat near His and asked one of the disciples to bring a Harjan boy.

The young Harijan student came and stood before the pandit. Soap and water were there. So the learned pandit bathed the Harijan boy with hot water and cleaned his body completely Baba asked to take mucus from his nose; the pandit did it also and gave a complete bath to him. His body was dried with a Turkish towel and the boy was sent away.

Baba folded His hands before the learned pandit who bowed to Baba and kissed and washed His feet with water. He put a little of that water into his mouth and smeared his body with the remaining portion and in the presence of us all declared, “I have got the real darshan of Sadguru Meher Baba” and left as a happy man. This is how Baba demonstrated the problem of untouchability to be solved.

 

DON'T KILL LIZARDS.

There were many lizards in Kandy. Because there was a danger they would urinate or defecate in the food (their urine and excreta are extremely poisonous), Katie would brush them off the wall, and Baidul's daughter, Dowla, would kill them. On Sunday, 17 November, Dowla reported to Baba that she had killed seven lizards in only fifteen minutes. Baba was not happy, but Katie said in her defense, "If any of them fall in the food, we could die."

Baba instructed them, "Don't kill lizards. Any animal that directly injures should be killed, but not lizards. Catch them and throw them outside. They eat flies and are useful."

He added in a teasing manner, "If you kill them, you will be a lizard in your next birth!"

(Lord Meher-p-2172-1940)

RENUNCIATION IS NOT NECESSARY FOR BABA LOVERS

Renunciation is living a life in isolation of all worldly attachments. It is said to lead an ascetic life in secluded place. Some get intuition to lead ascetic life of renunciation as destined for them. This practice may lead to spiritual advancement provided it is internal and not external only.  Meher Baba said renunciation is not necessary for Baba lovers who are under direct guidance of Sadguru or Avatar. They have to simply obey the instructions and love Baba wholeheartedly.

Following is the substantive episode wherein Baba said to Nausserwan Anzar that renunciation is not necessary.

Episode

Text of the telegram sent by Baba to Naosherwan as under:

Renunciation is not necessary. Appear for your examination. No darshan until 1967 end. Rest assured one day my grace will be on you to know me as I am. My love blessing to you and all at home.

In addition, Baba dictated this letter to the Naosherwan.

For spiritual aspirants renunciation is of no help, but those who love the Avatar and are under his direct guidance do not have to renounce anything. The lovers of the Avatar have simply to obey the Avatar's instructions and to love him wholeheartedly.

Pay attention to your studies, sit for the examination, pass it and continue to edit the Glow magazine. All these are now your responsibility. No less important than the aspirant who has no Avatar to guide him. Love Baba more and more while doing your worldly duties.

Take good care of your health, be happy and cheerful, as Baba is with you and you are very dear to him.

Nalavala's son, Naosherwan, 19, was studying in college in Dehra Dun, but since seeing Baba in Poona in May 1965, Naosherwan had been acting peculiar. On 19 March 1966, he suddenly announced to his parents his decision to renounce everything and go directly to Meherazad, where he hoped to live with Baba as one of the mandali. If Baba refused, he said he would go to a cave in some remote place and meditate on Baba. His final exams for his bachelor's degree were approaching, but he decided not to appear for them. When his mother heard this, she secretly sent telegrams to Baba about his decision. Baba heard her telegrams and commented, "Outward renunciation is unnecessary when the Avatar's daaman is held. Obedience to the Avatar is essential." (Lord Meher – 5219-1966)

Internal renunciation is necessary,

Internal renunciation is necessary, but not external renunciation. It is not the outward escape from the world that leads you to God. You have to live in the world, do all your duties, and yet feel as detached as if you were living in seclusion in the midst of intense activity. How can you renounce this body and mind by retiring into the jungles? (Treasure pp. 134-135, ed. Jane Barry Hayens)

Outward renunciation is not necessary.

In the spiritual path, outward renunciation is not necessary. Be in the world and do your duty by those near and dear to you. But there should be no attachment. To lessen it, My name should always be taken now and then. If this is not possible, at least take it before going to bed and getting up in the morning. Bewail not calamity, but try to put up with it calmly, surrendering to My wish.

There is no use renouncing the world, your wife, your children and property. Renunciation of the mind is what is required. Don't starve your stomach, starve your mind! You take your mind with you in (external) renunciation, and constantly have thoughts of your family, wealth, and so forth. (Lord Meher, new volume, pp-3836)

If the Love, Service, Honesty is manifested in all your activities in everyday life then renunciation is achieved by you without renouncing the world.

Renunciation is most difficult

Throughout India, one finds many sadhus or sanyasis who renounce the world and wander on pilgrimage, begging for alms. He who is a coward materially turns into a hero on the spiritual path. Perhaps you think that compared to materialism, renunciation is easy, but it is most difficult. He who wants to die should decide on renunciation.

(Lord Meher, 1st. ed. Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 3, pp. 846 - 847)

Complete renunciation of the whole world is only possible through divine Love. But this does not mean that you leave your family, children and your worldly responsibilities. Not outward, but mental renunciation is of importance, and that can (only) be had by the grace of the Perfect Master. Is it clear to you? (Lord Meher-5287-1967)

 

DEDICATING BOTH GOOD AND BAD TO ME

January 1953

During the Nagpur stay, Baba and the mandali's food was coming from Nana Kher's family's house and was daily being delivered to where Baba was staying. He was not eating at anyone's house, but he once went to see the Kher family at their residence.

There were so many dishes for lunch that Baba complimented Nana's mother, Godubai, "My belly is full just looking at them!"

Then, examining every dish minutely, he inquired, "Why hasn't Asha prepared chutney? Where is she?"

Godubai explained, "She specially came from Amraoti for that purpose, but because she is having her menstrual period, she is weeping." (In India, it is an old custom that when a woman is menstruating she keeps herself aloof and does not touch anyone, much less cook.)

Baba sent for Asha and asked her, "What do you take me for?"

"Paramatma," she said.

"Yes, I am Paramatma. I am the Ocean which has within it both good and bad. The ocean is never polluted if filth is thrown in it, nor does it ever give out fragrance if it contains sandalwood. The ocean is infinite. It always is as it ever was.

"I contain within myself both your good and bad actions and keep you clean. I am infinitely pure and purify every bit of dirt in my Infinite Ocean. So, dedicating both good and bad to me, everyone should become pure.

"To me, you are never unclean. Go and prepare and bring my chutney. I am waiting for it."

For Asha, it was a wondrous thing, as she had been brought up in a Hindu orthodox, traditional manner. Baba's love took firm root in her heart, and she prepared the chutney with much love – which Baba ate with zest, praising her all the while.

(Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 11, pp. 4030 – 4031)

PRAYERS SHOULD BE FROM THE HEART.

After hearing Kenmore recite the prayers, once Hoshang Bharucha asked Kenmore, "Are you praying or fighting with God?"

The next day when he had to repeat the prayers, Kenmore spoke them almost in a whisper. Baba stopped him halfway through and asked why he was suddenly adopting a new method of praying. Kenmore replied, "I do not want to disturb the auditory apparatus of our new visitors."

Baba looked sternly at Hoshang and Cowas, who at that moment felt it would be better if the earth gave way beneath their feet and swallowed them up! Baba instructed Kenmore to repeat the prayer as usual. When he finished, Baba remarked, "Prayers should be from the heart. It does not matter whether they are said loudly or softly. They should be natural. For Harry it is natural to say them loudly. If he had to say them softly, it would not be natural for him."

Lord Meher, Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, pp. 5655 - 5656.

 

YOU ARE THE AVATAR OF LORD VISHNU!

October 28, 1941

When Meher Baba was in seclusion, he had to be very careful getting into the car when he went out to contact masts or when visiting places with the women, to avoid anyone coming to him and taking darshan. When Baba was about to leave Panchgani on October 28th, at noon, a God-mad Hindu called Jagannath, who was singing loudly, started walking toward Baba. Chanji prevented him, but Baba stood by the car waiting, and permitted the man to approach. As he came close to Baba he uttered, "You are the Avatar of Lord Vishnu! Pray, grant me the Lord's boon!"

Baba smiled and motioned, "You are quite lucky! I know how immersed you are in your devotion for Lord Vishnu. My blessing to you."

The man cried out, "My work is done!" He stood before Baba like a beggar, tears flowing down his face. Choking, in a shaking voice he uttered, "No one knows you are here! I saw you and recognized you at once.

"You are the Avatar of Vishnu! You, too, know me."

Baba gestured, "I know everything. That is why I have come to you here."

The man became elated and burst forth, "My life's desire is fulfilled! Hail Lord Vishnu! ... Hail Lord Vishnu!"

He bowed to Baba and then left. The same man had passed their houses on the day they had arrived from Meherabad. At that time, too, he had been singing and had seen Baba from a distance. Referring to Jagannath, Baba remarked, "He is on the threshold of the path and intensely longs for sight of God."

(Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 8, p. 2734)

 

 

I  HAVE NOT LEARNT ANYTHING

(Original version of this episode as written by Bhau Kalchuri in the book “Lord Meher” could not be traced hence this is being produced in words as translated from Hindi to English by the complier. It is found interesting hence included in this compilation).

Episode goes like this:

Meher Baba was in America. A Negro named Adward James came to Baba for darshan. When any negro came to meet Baba then Baba used to stand and welcome him with great love and respect. Adward had read many books. Seeing   him in front, Baba asked him, “Having read so many books, what you have learnt? Tell me in five words.” hearing Baba’s question, Adward could not reply as what he could answer to this question of Baba and he was looking Baba as if  he is not able to answer His question. At this, Baba pointed on his alphabet board, “I have not learnt anything”. “Are these five words correct?” Adward moving his head in affirmation said, “Yes.” After that Baba talked to him something on spirituality and he left satisfied.

Whenever people came to meet Baba, the Baba would ask them such a question that they would themselves get the answer of their problem.

(Lord Meher-pp-88)

STRENGTH OF A LION.

August 1922 at Manzil -e- Meem

Due to his meagre diet and prolonged fasting while staying in the Manzil, Meher Baba was very thin. Although frail in appearance, he claimed to have the physical strength of a "lion," and one day he demonstrated his strength to Adi. He told Adi to wrestle with him with all his might. Taken aback, Adi did not know quite what to do, but began lightly grappling with Baba, who said, "No! As hard as you can!"Baba looked so frail that Adi did not wish to hurt him, but he had to obey and exerted his full strength against Baba. He was, therefore, greatly startled when Baba, without much effort, picked him up and threw him on the floor!

On another occasion, to convince them that he had superhuman strength, he once challenged all the mandali to a tug of war. Even forty of the men, using all their strength, could not budge him an inch!

According to Meher Baba's order, Ghani, Ramjoo and Adi were always sitting beside him. On August 11th, Bapu Brahmin arrived from Poona. In the course of the conversation, Bapu said something which so displeased the Master that he suddenly grabbed him by the neck and lifted him off his feet. Bapu was a stout man of two hundred pounds and resisted Baba. But Baba kept a hold of Bapu and shoved him down the stairs, as if he were a weakling. Adi, Ghani and Ramjoo leapt up and followed Baba down the stairs, thinking he might decide to stay there. But, he suddenly turned around and found Ramjoo obstructing his way. Instantly, he became annoyed and slapped Ramjoo so soundly that he was utterly dazed. Shortly thereafter, Baba was his genial self again. He began speaking cordially, patting the men on the back as he talked, while Ramjoo recovered from the blow.

(Lord Meher, 1st., ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol 2, pp.392 -393)

 

WANT WHAT I WANT.

On April 14th, Deshmukh broached the subject of a certain young man he had chosen as a husband for his daughter, Sanjeevani. Baba replied, "I don't like it; he is not suitable."

Earnestly, Deshmukh rejoined, "Baba, the fellow is very good. He is educated and comes from a good family."

Seeing that Deshmukh had already settled things, Baba relented, "If that is the case, proceed with the matter and let the match be made."

Coming out of the hall, Deshmukh told others that Baba had given his approval and wished that his daughter marry the fellow. Overhearing this, Baba called him back and corrected him: "Is it I or you who wishes that Sanjeevani wed this fellow? Don't talk like that!

"Want what I want! Instead of wanting what I want, you want me to want what you want. And when you succeed in getting me to agree to what you want, you even tell others that it is what I want. You have not only made me agree to what you have already made up your mind about, but you go and tell others: 'Baba wants so-and-so and my daughter to marry.' What nonsense!

"It is impossible for you to want what I want as it is impossible for you to love me as I ought to be loved. But at least do not always be wanting to make me want what you want. Hold on to me and try to obey me implicitly and fully in all I ask."

Lord Meher, 1st. ed., Bhau Kalchuri, Vol. 16, pp. 5561 - 5562.