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The give-and-take of sanskaras depends on the attitude of the mind

The give-and-take of sanskaras depends on the attitude of the mind, i.e. if you do a certain action with good intentions, you catch good sansakaras, and if with bad intentions, bad sanskaras … When you go on a hunt, you kill an animal for the sake of sport and enjoyment. You therefore take its bad sanskaras. But suppose you are going through a forest and a wild animal attacks you. In order to defend yourself, you kill it. In that case, you do not catch any sanskaras.

-www.lordmeher.org, p980
Oct, 1928; Meherabad

 

 

Their questions had been answered

During a tour that Meher Baba took through Andhra Pradesh, thousands of people came for His darshan. Most of them had come just to be in His presence and to enjoy His company, but several had questions to ask.

When any of the latter presented a question, Baba would ask that it be written down together with the name and address of the questioner and promised that at the end of the tour He would send each person a reply. All slips were to be given to Pukar, a lover from Hamirpur, who was one of our travelling companions, and in a short time Pukar had collected hundreds of slips.

A few days after His return to Meherazad, Baba called Pukar and asked for the slips of paper. Pukar however replied, “Baba, many people wrote out questions for You, but some returned after a few hours and others after a few days and requested me to return their slips. They all said that their questions had been answered. I had hundreds of slips to start with, but now I do not have a single slip!”

On hearing this, Baba put on a mischievous expression of ignorance and said, “Is that so? I am happy!”

Such are the unfathomable ways of the Ancient One.

-The Ancient One, p105

Playing With Illusions : Be guided by Love and Truth!

It is not miracles but understanding which can bring you true freedom. If you have firm faith and unfaltering love for the God-Man, your way to the Abiding Truth is clear and safe. Then you have no time to waste in playing with things that do not matter.

Be guided by Love and Truth! This is the simple way that leads to God. Not by endless maneuvering of alluring illusions but by loyalty to the Unchangeable Truth can you hope to be established in Abiding Peace.

-www.lordmeher.org, p3413
Nov, 1953; Dehra Dun

Playing With Illusions : Caught up in the ephemeral things of this world

Suffering comes through ignorance or attachment to illusions. Most people play with illusions like children play with toys. If you get caught up in the ephemeral things of this world and cling to illusory values, suffering is inevitable. It is not easy for little children to give up their toys, for they become the victims of a habit which they cannot undo. In the same way, through millions of lives, you have got into the habit of playing with illusions. It is difficult for you to get disentangled from them.

For ages and ages, the atma [soul] has been seeing its own shadow and getting engrossed in the illusory world of forms. It gets addicted to the spectacle of its own creation, and desires to see it through cycles and cycles of creation. When the Soul turns inward and longs to have Self-knowledge, it has become spiritually-minded. But even there, this habit of wanting to see some spectacle persists for several lives. The Soul wants to experience some miracles or spectacular phenomena or, in the more advanced stages, it wants to perform miracles and manipulate phenomena.

Even spiritually advanced persons find it difficult to outgrow this habit of playing with illusions. Persistent attachment to miracles is only a further continuation of the habit of playing with illusions.

-www.lordmeher.org, p3413
Nov, 1953; Dehra Dun

Playing With Illusions : Need for spiritual wisdom

I appreciate the faith which has brought you here. I also appreciate your love and devotion. It has made me very happy. I know and understand your difficulties and problems, sufferings and expectations. Not only individuals, but the whole world is in the throes of suffering. When suffering comes, it comes according to the divinely established law of karma. It must then be accepted with grace and fortitude. But it must be remembered that your actions are the cause of much of your suffering. Through wise action, suffering can be minimized. What humanity needs is spiritual wisdom; for this, it must inevitably turn to the Perfect Masters and Avatar. [To be continued]

-www.lordmeher.org, p3413
Nov, 1953; Dehra Dun

 

Simple, eternal truths – Part 3 of 3

 

The instructions are [continued from previous post]:

4. Learn for yourself, and teach others that recognition of God’s will means not to complain of your lot;
that control of the mind means not to be upset by misfortunes;
that loving all as children of the same One God means not to be jealous of anyone and not to hurt the feelings of anyone.

www.lordmeher.org, p2340
May, 1943; Meherabad

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Simple, eternal truths – Part 2 of 3

The following instructions, if carried out wholeheartedly by you, will [allow] you to help my work of spiritualizing the world. They are not to be treated like long-established sermons, read, heard and forgotten. They are not to be understood in the light of philosophical slogans preached merely for the sake of preaching. They are simple, eternal truths which I want all of you to try your utmost to live.

The instructions are [continued from previous post]:

2. Infuse into others the idea that the ultimate goal of all life is to know God in His true, infinite aspect.

3. Think less of yourself and more of others by trying to make others happy, even if you have to suffer for it.

www.lordmeher.org, p2340
May, 1943; Meherabad

Simple, eternal truths – Part 1 of 3

The following instructions, if carried out wholeheartedly by you, will [allow] you to help my work of spiritualizing the world. They are not to be treated like long-established sermons, read, heard and forgotten. They are not to be understood in the light of philosophical slogans preached merely for the sake of preaching. They are simple, eternal truths which I want all of you to try your utmost to live.

The instructions are:

1. Amidst all your duties and attachments, let the background of all your thoughts be only the one thought that: “God alone is real, and all else is illusion.”

www.lordmeher.org, p2340
May, 1943; Meherabad

“No one is a stranger to me”

As a rule an introduction is required between people who do not know one another. Such introduction is not felt to be necessary when there is a give and take of love between persons, for hearts need no introduction.

An affinity can be felt between strangers, a feeling of having known one another before. This feeling is because of their connections in previous lives.

No one requires an introduction to me, for no one is a stranger to me. However, I am a stranger to most, and those coming and remaining in my presence do not do so without introduction.

As a matter of fact, they have come with many introductions — for many times in previous lives have they been introduced to me and have gone away and forgotten me and met me again. All these introductions are their introduction to me this time.

-The Everything and The Nothing, p38

Creative handling of suffering

It is a mistake to ignore human suffering as merely a part of the illusory universe. Not by ignoring human suffering, but by handling it with creative love, is the gateway opened for life eternal.

And not through callous indifference, but through active and selfless service, is secured the attainment of that transcendental and illimitable Truth which is at the heart of the illusory universe.

LordMeher.org, p5423