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Rishi Balmiki’s original name was Ratnakar. In company of robbers, he became a dreaded criminal. He was illiterate. He used to rob passerby in the forest for livelihood of his family. Once, Devarshi Narad ji passed by the forest and Ratnakar challenged him. Narad ji, without fear, lovingly said, “He has nothing part with but asked, “Why do you kill others? It is worst act which leads to hell. “Ratnakar replied, “It cannot help it in order to support my family.” Narad questioned, “Do you know if your family will share the responsibility of the result of your bad actions? Tie me with the tree. I will not leave the place. You go to your parent and get the answer?

Ratnakar went to his parent and asked same question as Narad ji had asked him. Parents replied. “It your duty to take care of us and we are not concerned with profession by which you earn the money. How can we be responsible for your bad act?” Ratnakar returned to Narad ji; apologized and asked as how to repent for his bad act done for years. Ratnakar was not able to pronounce word ‘Ram’ hence Narad ji suggested him to repeat ‘Mara, Mara’ reverse of word ‘Ram’. Ratnakar started japa of ‘Mara Mara’. Days, months and years passed by but he did not give up. Ants fully covered his body. At last Brahma appeared on the scene and sprinkling nectar transformed him in a handsome man. Brahma named him Balmiki.

Exiled Sita (Rama’s wife) remained in ashram of Balmiki and gave birth to Luv and Kush. Balmiki ji composed the verses of “Ramayana” (Ram Leela) before the advent of Ram. (Gist is derived from ‘Kalyan’ Gita Press Gorakhpur)

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


There was a robber named Satyamang.  He was very famous, and he had a gang that had committed many robberies in the district.  People would feel scared of him as soon as they heard his name.  Even the police felt scared of him.

Because they commit sins, such robbers also go to saints or masters.  Satyamang must have heard about our Beloved Meher Baba, so he came to Him for His darshan.

Nobody recognized him, but when Baba saw Satyamang, he immediately asked, "Why don't you put on bangles?"  (In India and Pakistan, women put on bangles, and they generally do not commit such crimes as Satyamang.)

Satyamang said, "Why should I do that?"

And Baba said to him, "You have a mustache, and you appear brave, so you should cut open the mountain and bring water down because of your bravery.  Instead, you commit such misdeeds!"

"If I leave this work," Satyamang said, "how will I maintain my family?"

Baba said, "That is why I am telling you that you are brave.  Do honest work and earn ([your livelihood).  Don't commit such misdeeds."

It was very surprising that Satyamang accepted Baba's words.

Baba then arranged for him to come to Meherabad once a week and collect necessities:  rice, dal, oil, soap, everything.  Gustadji was the storekeeper.  At that time, though Baba was observing silence, He would write.  So Baba would write Gustadji notes, what he should give to people, and he would distribute accordingly.  So Satyamang started coming to Meherabad.  Every week, he would take his one-week's requirement from Meherabad.

Afterwards, in 1938, when Baba was at the Rahuri Mast and Mad Ashram, the tin shed from the pit where Baba was in seclusion was stolen.  So Pendu sent a message from Meherabad to Baba in Rahuri.  In reply, Baba sent a message to Pendu that he should call Satyamang and tell him that he must have stolen the tin shed.  Baba instructed Pendu that if Satyamang were to say, "No," then Satyamang should be asked to find out who had stolen it.

So Pendu then called Satyamang and he said, "The tin shed was stolen, and you must have done it."

Satyamang answered, "I did not do it.  Once I almost did, but Baba caught me."

And Satyamang related the following incident:

He had given his promise to Baba that he would not commit any thefts again.  But he was a robber.  One day, he got the itch, and he thought, "If I commit a robbery, Baba would not know."

One night, he went to rob a big place, and when he broke open the door, he saw Baba standing there.  He ran away, along with his gang.

The next day he came to Baba and said, "Baba forgive me, I will not do it again."

Baba said, "If you don't keep your promise, know well that you will go to Hell.  I will not save you."

Since that time Satyamang had not committed any robbery.  When Pendu asked him to find out the person who had done it, he said, "I will try."

Satyamang's assistant, Fakira, had taken charge of the gang and was committing robberies.  So Satyamang contacted Fakira and said to him, "You committed this robbery."

Fakira refused to accept this and told Satyamang, "You did it, and you are taking my name!"

So Satyamang said, "Come with me to Meherabad."

Both came to Meherabad.  Satyamang said to Pendu, "Pendu Seth, I know that this man, Fakira, has committed the theft, and he refuses to confess.  So I suggest that we both go to Baba's Dhuni along with you all.  I will pray to Baba, 'Oh Baba, if I have committed the theft of the tin shed, I must die in seven days.'  And Fakira should also then pray to Baba in the same way."

Fakira agreed and along with the Mandali members, both went to Baba's Dhuni in Lower Meherabad.  Satyamang wholeheartedly prayed to Baba, and afterwards, Fakira did the same.

In seven days, Fakira died, and it was good that he did.  Otherwise, he would have suffered and suffered in his next birth.

Later, in East west gathering in1962, He was given responsibity of security. (Extracted from Lord Meher)

Interpretation- According to Meher Baba, our actions are guided by our past sanskaras which any soul inherits from his animal life in first incarnation as man wherein animal sanskaras are dominant. Thereafter, in each further incarnation, soul gradually develops good sanskaras by use of intellect (sense of discrimination or vivek) which comes only in man form. According to Meher Baba saints are His asset and sinners are His liability. Present saints are the sinners of past and present sinners are the saints of future. Gaining of good sanskaras and spending of bad sanskaras thereby balancing of good and bad sanskaras is very slow since our every thought, word or action creates further new good and bad sanskaras which further need to be spent. A person in present life having acted all good thereby gaining good sanskaras may be born to do bad act thereby to gain bad sanskaras. Good and bad sanskaras are to be balanced not mathematically but qualitatively and quantitatively before the realization. The theory of balancing of sanskaras is very intricate and beyond comprehension till one attains the state of God- realisation.

Perfect balancing of good and bad sanskaras is the state of God realization and very difficult to achieve by own effort of the soul except with the help of Sadguru or Avatar. It is only, when a soul comes into contact of Wali, Pir, Sadguru or Avatar (as destined for the soul) his spiritual progress gets accelerated.  For Sadguru and Avatar saints and sinners are equal. Sadguru and Avatar only can even change one’s destiny and give God-realisation in a faction of second for which preparedness of the soul as well as grace of Sadguru or Avatar is required. One can ladder on high steps of God-realization if he is fortunate to get contact of saint like Narad, Sadguru or Avatar Meher Baba.