CHAPTER-71 TO 82
MEHERABAD AND MEHERAZAD
Meherabad, about 10 kilometres from Ahmednagar is the place of pilgrimage and place of Baba’s activities during present Advent of His Avatarhood.
On 4th may, 1923 Avatar Meher Baba put His Holy Feet at Meherabad (Arangaon) for the first time and rested under a need tree near saint Hazrat Shah’s Tomb. Meherabad means the Land of Mercy, kindness and Prosperity. Meherabad literally means, Meher established or Meher flourishing.
Meherabad served as a military camp during first world war. After the conclusion of the war in 1918, Kaikushroo Irani, a Zoroastrian businessman bought the property in auction.
On October 1st, 1926, Meher Baba said to men mandali about Meherabad,
“This place is the most important one. It is the best place to be for those on the spiritual path. Despite visiting places for My work, it is always best to return here.”
On July 4 th, 1927, Meher Baba revealed.
“There will be spiritual explosion here in Meherabad which most of Rishis (sages) already know will happen.”
On July 12 th, 1927, Meher Baba disclosed about His universal work at Meherabad
“My work at Meherabad is like digging numerous canals and placing as many people possible on the bank, so that when the spiritual flood is let loose, they may be benefited by having the Divine flow within their reach.”
On January 31 st, 1930, Meher Baba said
“In the future, Meherabad will be like Jerusalem. For My spiritual work it is the best place. It will always be a centre of My Work”
In late 1930, Meher Baba told Mehera and other eastern and western women disciples
“Enjoy the quiet that you experience now. In the future there will be a sea of people here. So you are with Me, make the most of this opportunity. It will never come again.”
In the early 1940, Meher Baba told men mandali
“The time will come when this whole vast expanse will be filled with people. Now, when you go out and try to tell people in the world about Meher Baba, you will find that most of them have not even heard of Me. But in the future, you will have to search hard to find a person who has not heard of Me.
In 1954, Meher Baba led His lovers to Meherabad hill and pointing to His tomb He stated:
“This is My last resting place. In 1927-28, I had stayed here continuously. You will find a trench-like pit where I remained day and night in seclusion. I never left this place even for calls of nature or a bath and conveyed that after a period of sixty years Meherabad would be the centre of world pilgrimage.”
On November 16th, 1955, Meher Baba said to His lovers
“Sixty years after I drop My body you will find what wonderful changes takes place in the world and how many people will take My name. There will be thousands who will sacrifice their very life in My name. But how fortunate you are that I am in your midst that you are sitting before Me and I am telling you to take My name when about to pass away.”
Meher Baba has said that during His seclusions He worked for the spiritual upliftment of all souls of the creation. The labour of His supreme love has infused these places of His seclusion with great love and spiritual power. In fact, the whole of Meherabad has become through His presence, surcharged with divine love.
“Now the spiritual Ganges is flowing at Meherabad. If you are not destined to drink it, at least wash your face and feet with it.
During February 1958, Sahawas Meher Baba said:
“After I drop My body the physical remains will rest here and this will become an important place of pilgrimage for the whole world. You all do not realise the importance of this day. After 70 years this place will be a place of great privilege and pilgrimage. A big town will grow up here. How fortunate you are that you are hearing about the importance of this place in physical presence of Him to whose Samadhi (Tomb), will flock one day, from all over the world, all lovers of God, philosophers and worshippers to pay their homage,”
Spiritual intensity of Meherabad
There is a spiritual intensity at Meherabad. The body of Avatar Meher Baba which is resting in the tomb at Meherabad is the body that housed Reality and anything that is in direct contact with Reality is normally sanctified. So the effect of that body is that everything for miles around is sanctified. Of course Baba also lived at Meherazad and by staying there He created another special atmosphere-the atmosphere of home where one could relax from concentration of the spiritual outlook that exercises pilgrims at Meherabad. What you experience is the reflection of His presence in the atmosphere of this place-and this is true of any place He has been – and when we are gone, His presence will continue to be felt. Baba has assured us for that for a little more than one hundred years, that same atmosphere will prevail.
Meherazad is the sacred site where Avatar Meher Baba was at home. It was His Abode of Silence. Meher Baba’s disciple Kaikushroo managed to purchase this property was sold in auction to one of Baba’s representative. Thus this small Estate was purchased in 1944, in Meher Baba’s name, the land for Rs. 500/-and the small building for Rs. 200/-. The property was named as Meherazad. In April 1944, Baba and few men and women mandali moved into Meherazad and continued to live there for short periods.
On 27th August, 1948, a formal house warming celebration was held and Meher Baba unlocked the door His new home at Pimpalgaon. Meher Baba named it Meherazad-meaning “Mercy is Free”.
After New Life period in 1949, the registered in the names of Nariman. M. Dadachanji and his wife Arnavaz who maintained the same in good shape.
As per November 1999, new letter from Meherabad, the 12.5 acres of Meherazad property became part of the estate of the Avatar Meher Baba P.P.C. trust on 15-3-1999.
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
According to 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.
Meher Baba’s Mercy for a drug addict-an episode
In the earlier days, Meher Baba (Meherwan) continued to work strenuously in the toddy shop (He was still coming down to normal gross consciousness) and until midnight would sit beside Babajan next to her neem tree, He would then go home to rest, but rise again at 3 O’clock, go to the temple and concentrate for two hours on the photograph of Upasni Maharaj that adorned the room. At this time Meher Baba (Meherwan Seth) was only in mid-twenties, every person would trust Him implicitly, treating Him with honour and respect.
Meherwan Seth would often treat some of worst ruffians or derelicts with affection. The attention he paid to such unsavoury characters amazed His devotees. One old man was particularly fond of Meher Seth was an opium addict. He used to give messages to earn money to support his narcotic habit. His addiction was terrible; he hardly ever spent his earning on food or clothes. He lived in the neighborhood street on the street pavement of Kesba Peth and would visit the toddy shop often, sitting for hours talking with Meherwan Seth. At night he would sleep on the street pavement. One day this man requested Meherwan, “Do me a favour. If anything happens to me, I have kept some money aside and I will put it in Your trust. I want you to use that money for My funeral.” Meherwan Seth promised.
After sometime the man accidently died of a drug overdose. Meherwan arranged for that man’s burial, but it turned out to be more like celebration than funeral. There was a parade with three bands, bright lanterns and flowers of all varieties garlanding his body. People came out of their homes to see what the reason was for such an unusual procession. After the man was buried, hundreds of the poorest, destitute people of the city were fed in his name, with Meherwan Seth personally supervising the meal.
Another man, who also suffered with affiliations and alcohol and narcotics addictions, also came to the toddy shop seeking Meherwan Seth’s advice, or merely for sympathy. Meherwan never told them, “Listen to Me!” or “You must obey Me!” It was naturally simple for those who came in His contact to listen seriously to His advice and obey His instructions.
The Samadhi or Tomb-shrine is next importance to the proximity of the physical presence of Avatar Meher Baba.
The tomb, on Meherabad Hill beyond the railway line was built under Meher Baba’s directions in 1927 over a site where He had sat in the seclusion in early days at Meherabad. It was then called the Dome.
In 1938, Meher Baba had His samadhi Tomb shrine constructed on Meherabad Hill, using for this purpose, stones from the old post office building which was demolished earlier.
On the top of samadhi is covered with the word “Mastery in Servitude” and the symbol of four major religions are at each corner, Hinduism-Om, Islam-Crescent moon, Zoroastrian-Fire and Christian-Cross During February 1958 sahawas programme Baba said:
While bowing down at the Tomb I want you to remember two things.
- To love Me wholeheartedly. Love does not mean the outward expression. You should love Me in such a way that you forget yourself in Me -the Beloved, if you cannot love Me, I will love you and you will be My Beloved.
- To give happiness to others at the cost of your own happiness or comfort.
Meher Baba said
Assurance to His lovers.
After My passing away, whatever you ask for at My Tomb from bottom of your heart, Ii will give.
Baba’s Tomb or Samadhi-is a symbol of unity of all religions
Importance of Baba’s samadhi
The 100 years after the Manifestation of the Avatar is the period of encompassing the direct living and personal radiation of Avatar. This quotation has been interpreted by some to mean that being in samadhi during the Avataric period is equal to being in Baba’s physical presence. If true, this interpretation takes on extraordinary significance when put in the context of the next quotation.”
“Baba said it was important for anyone aspiring to have spiritual benefit to visit the Tomb time again to imbibe the impressions of the impression-less One.”
The one who ask for My love will be the chosen one
Baba’s samadhi is a great place to ask for Baba’s love from the depths of one’s heart!
Baba has said before dropping His body, “Now the shop is open.” He has really opened His Wine shop in the Tomb,
And He is inviting humanity to come there to drink. What a beautiful place His Tomb is? The Tomb is the Divine Treasure.
Oh humanity! Don’t miss the opportunity to drink the Wine when shop is open, The Beloved is distributing Wine ceaselessly without a break. What a gift is given at His Tomb? The Tomb is the Divine treasure!”
Benefits drawn from perfect Master’s tomb
After Perfect Master leaves the body He enjoys eternal bliss, and through the power is with Him He cannot use it.
For this reason, at the tomb or samadhi of Perfect Master or Sadguru there is spiritual power. But it is the faith of the people in the disembodied Master which becomes the medium to utilize that power. It is for this reason that people derive benefits by revering a Sadguru or Perfect Master’s Tomb; but the benefits accruing from such sources and drawn upon by the individual’s faith is invariably material in nature.
Sanskaras are impressions of duality.
Sanskaras mean impressions of our good or bad actions. –Meher Baba
Meher Baba explained
Sanskaras mean the impressions in the mind left behind while doing any good or bad action. Even a thought creates sanskaras. Talking, listening, thinking, seeing, eating, sleeping, in fact, even subtle motions, produce many more sanskaras which have to be experienced with mechanical precision unless removed or nullified by a Sadguru's grace.
To become free from sanskaric bindings the intercession of the Master is necessary. The awakening of love is the remedy. The One rare being gets released from all sanskaric bindings through the grace of Perfect Master.
Four types of sanskaras.
Sanskaras in general are called prarabdha sanskaras. Prarabdha literally means “Destiny.” These are applied to the whole universe in evolution from the state of a minute atom to the state of God-Realization. Prarabdha sanskaras are those that help the soul gain consciousness in order to go through evolution – from the very beginning to the very end – to attain unity.
The prarabdha impressions which govern the whole universe of duality are of greed and its opposite; of anger and its opposite; of all bad and of all good thoughts, words and deeds. Good sanskaras, bad sanskaras – both are prarabdha.
To be free from prarabdha sanskaras, the good sanskaras must overlap the bad sanskaras, the individual ego must be annihilated by service, or the limited self must merge in love. Good sanskaras and bad sanskaras are impressions and both bind. Due to the evolutionary process, the soul gathers all sanskaras throughout, up to the human form –animal sanskaras, as they are called. Therefore in human form, where the soul is fully conscious, the bad sanskaras already overlap the good ones. If now the good sanskaras were to overlap the bad ones, what would happen is that both would disappear like the dream.
If you see yourself in a dream in which you enjoy becoming the queen, it continues for a long time, and if, all of a sudden, you see in the dream a snake attacking you, you wake up – both the good and bad dreams disappear. Here it was good at first – of enjoying becoming queen, and then the bad – of a snake attacking you. This is bad overlapping good. Both disappear on waking; so either the bad must overlap the good, or the good overlap the bad. But if already the soul has gathered impressions of greed, of anger, of lust – now they must be overlapped by their opposites – generosity, love and peace.
In the second instance, of service: when you think not of yourself, but of others, the thought about your own ego is replaced by thinking of others and gradually you forget yourself in serving others.
In the third instance, love: when the lover loves the Beloved to the extent of losing the self in the Beloved, then only the Beloved remains. So, naturally impressions then disappear.
For the Realized soul who does not return to normal consciousness, there are no sanskaras. But the soul who, after God-Realization, returns to normal consciousness automatically gets a universal mind and, to be able to work through duality gets superfluous unbinding sanskaras that are called yogayoga sanskaras. The literal meaning of yogayoga is automatic. Very few perfected souls have these yogayoga sanskaras because very few of the God-Realized return to normal consciousness – to phenomenal consciousness.
Now, the Avatar, being one always and having His circle of one hundred and twenty always – the same each time – this Avatar gives to His circle the Vidnyani sanskaras. Vidnyani literally means "The threshold to unity." The Avatar, when taking form for Himself and the circle, gives Himself and the circle the Vidnyani sanskaras before birth. It is similar to a veil being drawn, and exactly at the time appointed by Himself, the Avatar experiences His original divinity and then works with the Vidnyani sanskaras.
The circle, until they are Realized, is under this veil of Vidnyani sanskaras, having all the ordinary signs of the ordinary sanskaras of duality. When the time comes, the Avatar gives the circle Realization. However, until then the Vidnyani sanskaras, though they remain with the person, are only an instrument for universal work, just as His has been.
All actions and inaction create binding
All actions good or bad, just or unjust, charitable or uncharitable are responsible in making the bond for of illusion firmer and tighter. The goal is to achieve perfect in action, which does not mean merely inactivity. When the self is absent, one achieves inaction in one’s every action. However, the only way to live life of absolute inaction is to completely surrender to a Perfect Master.
When sanskaras are spent in a dream, new sanskaras are not created-an episode
One night, Norina had a bad dream. The next morning, she was irritated and in a bad mood. Baba looked at her sharply, critically remarking, “She is upset because of a dream. What a fool! A dream may be good or bad, but in it sanskaras are spent. In awake state when sanskaras are spent, new one accumulated. But when they are spent in a dream, new sanskaras are not created.”
Baba asked Norina, “which would you rather be My hat or My sandals?
Norina said “Your sandals.”
“Because the sandals are Your companions over good roads and bad. They pass through dirt, rain and mud and are always with You.”
Baba nodded in agreement, spelling out, “This is reason why people in India worship the chappals (Sandals) of the Master and not His hat.”
Only Avatar or Sadguru can do balancing of sanskaras
Complete balancing of sanskaras is essential for God-realisation. It cannot be achieved through mathematical calculation otherwise it would have been much easier. Good are bad sanskaras both create binding. If your sanskaras are good you get birth as a rich man; if bad, you get birth of a leper or likewise, but without help of a Sadguru you cannot get freedom. You do not know how many bad sanskaras you have and how many good sanskaras you need. But Sadguru knows and He will work with you to balance your sanskaras
Balancing of sanskaras- a story
One man was dreaded criminal in his life. He had murdered 99 persons. One day, he felt himself very dejected. Therefore he went to Gautama Buddha and accepted before Him all sins committed by him saying that he himself is very dejected and wants to leave all this. Gautama Buddha instructed him to go and sit at a particular place on road side and asked him to repeat His name. The dacoit did as instructed and years passed by.
One day when he was sitting on road side repeating Buddha’s name, a horse ridden solider stopped near him and asked to move aside. The dacoit refused then the solider stated beating him with hunter. Soon, the dacoit, entering in his old life pulled down the solider from the horse and killed with knife. He killed the solider even he got the instant God realisation the moment he killed the solider.
The solider was carrying message from his king to kill 100 spies in the custody of another king. Since he (dacoit) saved 100 lives of spies by killing one soldier in addition to already 99 killed by him made his bad and good sanskaras balanced and he received God realisation instantly. But this man did not know prior that he was saved by Gautama Buddha.
Avatar or Sadguru knows everything. When you obey without any doubt, you win because your conception is limited. Sadguru knows everything and it is best for you what He gives,
Good sanskaras must overlap bad sanskaras-an example
There is an example of good overlapping the bad, of bad overlapping the good, and how both disappear. A dish is dirty. You take soap and water and overlap the dirt with soap; then in washing it – both disappear. Here the water is you. You are always present in the process of overlapping. The Indian way of cleaning a dish full of grease is with mud. Without water it will come clean. Both grease and mud disappear. In the overlapping of opposites – mud is the most greaseless thing, therefore opposite. The object is for both to disappear and attain a clean dish. When good sanskaras overlap the bad, and bad sanskaras overlap the good, then both disappear and your mind is a clean slate with nothing written on it. All is wiped off.
Like laundryman Master or Sadguru removes the dirt of our sanskaras
The result of something may be good or bad but you should be detached from both. Let not the dirt of sanskaras of your thoughts and deeds touch you by surrendering every thought and act at the feet of your Master. As the laundryman washes and cleanses clothes, in the same way, I remove all the dirt which has stuck to you through your thoughts and actions. None will repent for having loved Me.
Colours of sanskaras
All thoughts, words and acts cause sanskaras or impressions on one's mind. Sanskaras are of seven different colours, the same as those of a rainbow. Ordinary good thoughts cause impressions of a light blue colour. When such thoughts are put into actions, either in words or deeds, the impressions generally caused are of a deep blue colour. Anger and wicked deeds like murder cause sanskaras of red colour. Red sanskaras are the worst, and they are difficult to be wiped out. Intense spiritual longing gives rise to sanskaras of the green colour. Just as red sanskaras are the worst, so the green ones are the best.
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. –
Meher Baba explained
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.
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.
Meher Baba discoursed
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:
- Karma Marg/yoga
- Dhyan Marg/yoga
- 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
- 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.
- 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)
- Yoga samadhi.
- Tantric samadhi
- Nirvikalpa samadhi and
- Sahaj 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?
- 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.
- 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 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 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.
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.
SLEEP AND DREAM
Every time you are in deep sleep, you are unconsciously united with the Infinite reality as you enter into most original Beyond – Beyond state of God where nothing exists.
Enjoy sound sleep and thereby maintain good health. – Meher Baba
Meher Baba explained
Sound sleep, is good but it must be moderate. Four to five hours is sufficient for good health but it must be undisturbed by dreams.
To have a sound sleep, the best way is to accustom yourselves to rise at night and not to go to sleep again after you have once been awakened out of your sleep. Suppose you went to sleep at 8 P.M. and awaken at 1 A.M. for some reason – either for calls of nature or just abruptly. After you are once fully conscious and awake, do not go back to sleep again. Keep awake. Either meditate between 4 to 6 A.M., for that is the best time for meditation; or go for a walk, or read, even if you are awake at 11 P.M. having slept at 8 P.M. and only get two or three hours of sleep.
Once awake and conscious from sleep, do not go back to sleep again for that is injurious to health
Three hours at least must pass between your awakening from sleep and your going to sleep again; although if sleep is not taken, it would be still better. This habit of not going to bed again after the first break of sleep, though a little troublesome in the beginning, will eventually give good results of enjoying a perfectly sound sleep undisturbed by dreams, a most essential and valuable factor in preserving good health.
So try, all of you, to be awake and rise at the first break of sleep, and do not sleep again so you can have sound sleep and good health. Besides, the early hours of the morning are best for meditation
Once you accustom yourselves to this, you will not feel sleepy even while meditating.
Why is sleep necessary?
Mind is just the shadow of God. It is limited, not infinite, and therefore, it gets tired. When it gets tired it needs rest. If we don't sleep for three or four days, we will become mad! Everyone needs to sleep in order to recover the energy of the mind. In sound sleep mind remains inactive. It does not work, and when it does no work, it takes rest and regains energy. There are two pulls: one towards Divinity, another towards the world. During the day, when we are awake, we remain attached to the world and do different things. But when we are tired, we rest. As soon as mind regains its energy, we get up.
The mind is the storehouse of the impressions of all desires and wants. These are not spent during sound sleep, so then you remain in the Beyond-Beyond state of God, but unconscious of it.
You are all sleeping
You are all sleeping, and in your sleep you dream of Me. I tell you that you are dreaming, and you reply, "Baba, You are here, we see You; how could it be a dream?" But whatever you are experiencing here is all a dream. When you wake up in Reality, you will experience that all this was a dream.
A child is born and as he grows, his consciousness also increases. From childhood to youth, middle age and old age, but not a thought occurs to him as to from where and for what he has taken birth. Births after births pass in this way. He only thinks of worldly things, never about the Real Thing. Rarely does someone become really awake. This dream is far too long.
Hafiz says: "Thousands of lovers out of love for God are rolling in the dust, but hardly one realizes Him."
We are dreaming day and night, not knowing that we are dreaming. We remain attached to our family, attached to the world and take it as the truth. But at night, when we are in sound sleep, we forget everything. We forget our body. We forget our family members. We forget the world. We forget everything. But when we wake up, our "World" is before us.
Most dreams are purely subjective and subconscious experiences of the subtle body and they have no special spiritual significance, except that there can be occasions for forging new sanskaras or spending up old ones and that occasionally they shed light upon the hidden complexes and unfaced problems of personality.
Such dreams can never include something which is not in some way a part of the past experience of the person. They allow scope for novelty only in respect of new combinations of items which have already appeared in past experience.
The rare types of dreams are those about persons and things unknown in this life but known in some past life or lives.
Still rarer are the dreams of persons and things which have never appeared in this life or former lives but are going to appear in this life in the future.
Ordinary dreams are thus utterly different from dreams which have occult significance.
Imagination and Hallucination
Hallucination is not like a dream. It is like delusion. The difference can be understood by examples. You sit relaxed and in your mind pictures of your home, your mother, family come to your mind. This is imagination. You imagine yourself being in America-talking, eating etc; that is imagination. Now, in this imagination you think that you actually see your home, your mother, family, etc, and feel their experience. This hallucination.
As another example, I once asked a man to fast for 40 days on water only. On fourteenth day he saw a strange thing. He saw a figure with ten heads and twelve hands speaking! He thought this was spiritual experience, but I assured him it was hallucination.
Difference between Hallucination and spiritual experience
There is difference between hallucination and spiritual experience. In hallucination you see the things- extraordinary things –but you are never blissful or peaceful. This is the only sure sign of differentiating between hallucination and spiritual experience. When it is hallucination, bliss and peace are not possible. In the state of delusion too, bliss and peace are not possible, but this confusion as to whether it was hallucination or spiritual experience does not remain. In hallucination you see figures, or pigmies etc. yet you doubt as to whether they exist or not. Hallucination is like a conscious nightmare.
SUICIDE AND GHOST
Meher Baba discoursed
An individual who commits suicide cuts short the period of his life artificially and thereby prevents the working out of those impressions that were released for fructification. When due to untimely death the sanskaras are withheld from expression, the disincarnate soul remains subject to propelling forces of these sanskaras even after the physical body has been discarded. The momentums of these unworked sanskaras are retained even in the life after death, with the result that the departed spirit greatly desires the things of the gross world.
The disincarnate soul experiences an irresistible impulsion toward the gross world object so badly and craves gross object so badly that it seeks gratification of his desires through the gross body of those souls still incarnate. For example if the spirit may want so much to drink alcohol, it takes to unnatural methods of gratifying the craving. When it finds someone who is suitable medium drinking alcohol in the gross world, the spirit satisfies its own desires through that person by possessing his physical body. Similarly if it wants to experience manifestation of crude anger, it does so through some medium of the gross world who is feeling angry. Such souls are constantly waiting to harass incarnate persons with similar sanskaras and try to maintain their contact with the gross world through other medium as long as possible.
After committing suicide one can neither go forward nor backward and one stays earthbound for a very long time as he has to spend the remaining gross sanskaras of the life just spent, without the medium of gross body, which is a horrible job. It is better to face our lot, in the gross world, as it would unfolds even if one tries and fails, sooner or later he must succeed. We get discouraged over love, finances, all sorts of things, but lack of endurance is our weakness. We are never destined to commit suicide, or murder somebody. But some time one thinks of it and he builds a feeling of hatred and desires to do such type of things or to murder somebody and keeps thinking of it long enough in time, this desire become ripened. And result is that when the soul (Jivatma) incarnates in new body, (after its death) the deep rooted desire triggers off, due to some unusual happening, and suddenly he goes berserk. There are also instances that if you thwart one’s attempt of committing suicide, he will not do it again. So timely intervention is necessary.
In essence our thoughts and also our experiences are stored in our subconscious part of our mind. If we die in frightful fire, we may in our next life show same fear of fire. Similarly if anybody dies in drowning in the water, he may in his next life show some fear of water, because that fear is deeply embedded in his mind.
If we kill someone, then we will have to go through the opposite experience of being killed. If someone murders with criminal intent, he, either in this birth or in next birth will be killed in the same manner. If it does not happen he will go on killing because his sanskaras of killing will go on increasing.
Suicide can be classified in four categories
(For more deails, please read the pages 74 and 75 of the book “The Mystery of Life after Death” by Sh. Anna Khandale)
Supernatural type of death
Some yogis leave their bodies voluntarily. This is possible only in case of advanced yogis who wind up their earthly career after completing their mission in the gross world. Such voluntarily death is altogether different from the suicide in so far as motives, results and manner of leaving the body as connected.
If anyone is executed by the Government, he enters a state of samadhi. It is temporary. For instance, when a person is being hanged, there is a clash during the execution between the functioning of inhalation and exhalation; becoming lifeless, the person enters a samadhi state. This type of samadhi has nothing to do with anything spiritual for as soon as this state is over and according to the sanskaras of his past life, the soul takes rebirth. If he has murdered anyone, he must pay for those sanskaras of murder. If the person is innocent, yet is executed he is then freed from the sanskaras of murder.
It is quite different in case of people who commit suicide by hanging. When a suicide’s samadhi finishes, he remains hanging-waiting between the astral and gross worlds. That person becomes a ghost and does not acquire another physical for ages to come.
A ghost means a human being without a body, and in that bodiless state he has to remain as long as the sanskaras of his previous birth last. Then he takes another birth.
Ghosts are miserable. They have desires like any of us. They try to come in contact with human beings to fulfil their desires. When it is dark and silent, their subtle, smoky bodies become transparent. You have gross, subtle and mental bodies. They have only subtle and mental bodies, but these are not as limited as the gross. When stretched out, the ghost's subtle body stretches out in all directions – upward and sideways. That makes you shiver and scream, when you see them like that. Depending on surroundings, darkness and quietude, they can be seen. Their bodies can enlarge and shrink. That is why in dreams the subtle bodies go anywhere, stretching out and out. They can also be photographed in suitable conditions, depending upon the surroundings, time, light and the photographer.
These discarnate spirits wish to contact living human beings. If Rano, a heavy smoker, has no body and for some reason becomes a ghost, she does not get another physical body until certain sanskaras are spent. They may be spent in one year or a million years. All depends on the contacts made to spend one's sanskaras. For instance, Rano has her craving for smoking cigarettes. She sees Kitty smoking. She, too, wants to smoke and tries to contact Kitty to have a cigarette. But contact with a gross body by the subtle body is almost impossible. Kitty feels the presence of the subtle body and is scared. But poor Rano only wants to have a smoke.
These disincarnate sprits wish to contact living human beings. Sometimes you feel hungry for nothing. This might be that sometime sprit wants to spend sanskaras of hunger or anger through you.”
Ghost is an earth-bound spirit who has usually desires of lust to work off, and who tries to fulfil them through others.
Ghosts are not like tantric spirits. Ghosts are people who have committed suicide and have no body. They enter another body and then make the body of whomsoever they enter do as they wish. But tantric who has gained occult powers does not do so; he only makes his body big or small and thus his bodily sanskaras are always with him. In this action, there is also the danger that through some accident, he may be trampled on by some person while in his little body. In short, after long and hard study such Tantriks (magicians, sorcerers) do not benefit in any way but, on the contrary, risk contracting some of the worst possible sanskaras. So there is no use in playing such a worthless game of magic – sorcery!”
In some instances she, Rano the ghost, becomes so desperate that she waits until Kitty nods to sleep even the tiniest little bit, and then smokes through Kitty's gross body. The subtle can enter any gross body or thing. When it enters you, you don't even know it, and are not at all affected. But it can only enter your body when you are not conscious, when you are sleeping.
How many spirits have been drinking tea through Norina when she is not conscious? But the spirit has no hold; it does not reside in you or possess you, but just goes like the wind. And it only happens sometimes. Don't think about it, or you will go mad! It is of no importance, so trivial, so insignificant!
Sometimes you feel angry for nothing. This might be some spirit wanting to spend sanskaras of anger through you. But this is so unimportant, not worth thinking about. Our bodies are full of germs, but we don't think about it. If we did and tried to picture it in our minds, we would go mad.
Masters are so bothered by these spirits – you have no idea. They want to touch Me for liberation, and they do.
On one mast tour during the 1940s, while travelling in a very remote area of India, Baba wanted to enter a forest (jungle) where a certain mast or saint lived. Baba was travelling with Eruch and other men, but was warned by the villagers not to enter the jungle because a band of "sorceresses" lived there. Eruch found this difficult to believe and thought the local villagers to be extremely superstitious.
It was believed by the villagers that this band of sorceresses so dominated their male counterparts that they, by their sorcery, would transform their husbands into beasts of labour by day and at night retransforms them back into male humans for their physical pleasures. Eruch, having a keen objective mind, found this impossible, if not too fantastic, to believe. Eruch explained the villager’s tale to Baba, and asked if such things were possible. Baba replied, "Anything is possible in the illusion," and confirmed that such a tribe of women lived there in the jungle. Baba did not enter the jungle to hunt for the mast or saint. Sorcery, in Eastern terms, refers to tantric magic.
Spirituality has nothing to do with spiritism or communication with spirits of the dead.
The whole subject of spirit phenomena can be very bewildering. Some people with psychic faculties of varying degrees have encountered disincarnate individuals under varying circumstances. Some have the faculty of hearing voices, known as clairaudience. Some have developed the facility of auto-writing and they work as medium for the spirits of the astral world. Some have developed psychic faculty of psychometry and telekinesis (movement of object without contact)
(There is a real story of sprit communication between Mrs. Non Umrigar and his son Karl is elaborated in her famous book “Sound of Silence” may be read. Another account is also available in the book titled “The Last Marathon” By one Shri Ruzbeh Nari Bharucha–a narration of sprit communication through a medium of Vir Jassawala, an elderly lady of Mumbai.)
Spirit communication is the experience of the semi-subtle (astral) by the physical senses in the conscious state. It is not as sign of advancement on the Divine path and has nothing to do with its Goal (Gnosis).
It should be remembered that there is no involution process in the astral world. According to above message of Meher Baba a person gets immediate rebirth say within four days after accidental death. But it is very difficult to know whether the death occurred instantaneously or sometime after the accident. A person may remain in a state of coma for some time or survive for few days before his actual death. In such cases, we find there are some instances when they remain suspended on astral plane after their physical death.
And in such cases inference can be drawn that these spirits can be contacted on planchete or an ouija board or by persons, who have the faculty of auto-writing because such spirits remain suspended on astral plane.
What is planchete?
Planchete is an instrument through which the medium communicates with the spirit on the astral plane. It is heart- shaped horizontal plank either having an arrangement to fix a pen so that it can scribble on the paper beneath when it moves on the wheel at its base, touched by its medium, or the entire board moves and halts at each alphabet. The planchete moves to each alphabet and thus a word by word a message is communicated. Mediums cannot see the spirit’s face. But there are very rare instances of mediums having the faculty of seeing spirits in a foggy or cloudy manner.
What is medium?
According to eminent psychics of the world, medium is a person who allows his body to be possessed or occupied by a spirit of the astral world.
To be a psychic means to possess a physical body in some way more sensitive than those of most people.
We can get the messages, reported to be from dead, through the mediums by way of auto-writing or auto-hearing or by means of planchete. It is true that the mobility of the astral body of the psychic is somewhat different from the average man. Someone in the astral world is allowed to use physical body of the medium, for the purpose of communicating. Since the medium can neither see nor hear the astral spirit who is using his body, he cannot vouch for its correctness, and neither can you, although at times there is enough evidence in what is said to give you some clue. Medium’s vitality and personal magnetism is also being used by the astral entity while using the physical body of the mediums are so often in the state of collapse after scene.
One more thing is that subtle time is different from the time of gross world. As everything in subtle world moves very swiftly, and prophecies from the astral are most confusing.
In India, it is common belief that “Payalu” the person can be the best medium for psychic experiments. “Payalu” means a person whose birth was through breech delivery. Generally at the time of birth of a baby the head part is delivered first. But in case of a “breech delivery” the baby’s legs are delivered first. This may be superstition but the belief is quite common.
VIOLENCE AND NON-VIOLENCE
Meher Baba discoursed
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Mahatma Gandhi was advised not to impose Non-violence on general public because it is impractical and ordained by God
Mahatma Gandhi had his own ideas of what constituted "non-violence" and "non-violent resistance," and he did not truly understand the gist of Baba's message on the subject. While Baba was on His mast tour, He sent Chanji again to Delhi to see Gandhi. He did so on 2nd and 3rd April 1942. Chanji returned to Dehra Dun and several letters ensued between himself and Gandhi about this subject. Gandhi had been surprised to read Baba's views, which justified the use of violence in certain situations, and called them "wholly inapplicable." Yet, Gandhi's views were impractical for those on the Path; his idea of non-violence can only be achieved in the God-realized state of a majzoob, whereby it is attained automatically!
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.
WISH AND WILL
Baba’s wish for His lovers:
- Do not shirk your responsibilities.
- Attend faithfully to your worldly duties, but keep always at the back of your mind that all this is Baba's.
- When you feel happy, think: "Baba wants me to be happy." When you suffer, think: "Baba wants me to suffer."
- Be resigned to every situation and think honestly and sincerely: "Baba has placed me in this situation."
- With the understanding that Baba is in everyone, try to help and serve others.
- 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
Be resigned to the will of God.
Do not use your Mind when the will of the Beloved God becomes your will then you are footless and headless.
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.”
The Truth is that not a leaf moves but by will of God.
There is no free will. Everything is according with working of one’s own sanskaras.
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
Meher Baba discoursed
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.
Difference between Divine will and free will- explained by narrating a story of Prophet Mohammad narrated by Bhau (disciple)
On another occasion Bhauji explained the difference between Divine will and free will, Bhauji said in reply, "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.”
WHY MEHER BABA
To answer this question why Meher Baba, one needs to know the real purpose of life. Do we want fulfillment of desires only in our life or does it have some higher purpose?
According to Meher Baba, “Aim of life is to love God and Goal of life is to become one with God. There is no creature which is not destined for supreme Goal, just as there is no river which is not winding its way to sea.” He also explained that every soul is consciously or unconsciously traversing the spiritual journey and heading towards God-realization. It may take million of births to achieve this Goal. Meher Baba said every soul is trying to find the answer of the original question, “Who am I” and ultimately gets the final answer as, “I am God” after getting numerous false answers of I am this and that.
Talking of His Avatar-hood, He said, “I have simultaneous consciousness of God and man both and bear the conscious experience of “Aham Brahmasmi” or “I am God.” I possess universal body and mind and I am present at all levels of consciousness and therefore, in a position to help everyone at all levels of consciousness.
There are many saints, walis and pirs who are on the path of God-realization at lower planes but are not God-realized. If you approach them, they can help you in your spiritual journey to the extent of their level only. For example, a Ph.D. degree holder can teach the nursery students but a high school student cannot teach a Ph.D. student. Many false and hypocrite saints and gurus having no level in spirituality, but with bookish knowledge are able to impress common man by their speech. Such gurus are no good for the benefit of spiritual aspirants. Kabir, the Perfect Master, “Kanfuka guru had ka, behad ka guru nahi, behad ka guru aur hai, soch samajh man mahi”. (This means, the gurus of lower status are limited who gives secret mantra in the ear of disciple. So think about, he is not real guru who is unlimited.)
Meher Baba says, “I am the Goal and give nothing less than God realization.” I am shah Saudagar (who has full control over the business). Do not ask Me for a pin, or material things for which you may approach saints who can fulfil your desires. I fulfil your needs but not wants. If you are thirsty in a desert, you need water not lemonade. So do not come to Me even with the desire of God-realization but just to love, obey and try to surrender Me as much you can. Rest I shall take care of you and your Goal. I will take you to the final destination blind-folded without any risk and pitfalls of spiritual path.”
Meher Baba declared that He is Avatar of the Cycle (period of 700 to 1400 years). For 100 years after dropping His body, Avatar remains active in full force as if He is alive. Thereafter His manifestation starts. Meher Baba also declared that 100 years after dropping His body, five Sadgurus (who are always present on the earth all the time and control universe) will not come into prominence. This means till year 2069, one should not expect to come across a living Sadguru as Avatar Meher Baba is still active and will remain till his next advent.
The state of desirelessness, annihilation of mind, absolute honesty, absolute poise and complete forgetfulness and such words may be called synonymous to attainment of Liberation or Mukti-the Ultimate Goal. Meher Baba explained that consciousness of God realization is the conscious experience of ‘I am God’, or “Aham Brahmasmi’. To attain this consciousness, a soul undertakes the journey of evolution, reincarnation and involution. Therefore all happenings of life may be viewed as growth of consciousness. This growth is common to all whether one seeks God or not. Reading spiritual literature may be regarded as one such growth enhancing tool. In fact, Meher Baba did not discard intellectual reading, rather advised reading of “God Speaks” and “Discourses” to many while answering their questions. He elucidated that intellectual reading can bring one to the threshold of God but one cannot tread the spiritual path and enter in the house of God without love, devotion and help of a Sadguru (Man-God) or Avatar (God-man). Meher Baba laid most emphasis on constant and wholehearted remembrance of His name or the name of any Sadguru compared to all thoughts, words and actions, however intelligently done in the domain of spirituality to attain the Goal of God-realisation.
Honestly, if one begins to analyze the worthiness of one’s thoughts, words and actions in the light of spiritual directives, one’s eating, drinking and sleeping, in short, living one’s daily life would become impossible. This would be so because we may then realize that while eating, drinking and even breathing one kills number of micro-organisms. With such a thought, one might become deaf, dumb and inactive. One cannot decide on a single deserving person to provide help. Meher Baba amplified that help rendered to an undeserving person may increase the burden of sanskaras of a person being helped and also oneself who is helping.
His discourses also bring out that anger and jealousy find expression unconsciously, which are hindrances on the path leading to God-realisation. But, sometimes, one way anger and jealousy are good, otherwise bad. With such conflicting situations, how could anyone know what is right and wrong. One can hardly differentiate in a situation when one is to tell a lie or speak truth. One does not know, to what extent customs and rituals are necessary and beneficial that do not create binding. Thus, it appears that everything one thinks, speaks or acts is fraught with the danger of falling below the expectations of the spiritual path or the Master. But the only sure and safe act is to associate every thought, word and deed to the Sadguru or Avatar Meher Baba.
It can be said that, although Meher Baba did give little importance to intellectual approach towards God realization which may lead to intellectual conviction of God-hood but He greatly emphasized on constant and wholehearted remembrance of His or God’s name. He Himself composed the song, ‘Likhan paran se na yaar baji, sanam ka hardam khayal hona’, which means that one cannot win the game by reading or writing but one should constantly think of one’s Beloved Master while going through one’s life. This song clearly conveys the importance of constant remembrance over intellectual pursuits and other practices.
As said by Avatar Meher Baba that only worth knowing is “God alone is and He does everything.” Only one thing worth doing is to “Remember Him” in our day to day life. Practice of spirituality would mean to remember God –Avatar Meher Baba and dedicate all our thoughts, words and actions to Him.