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“It is always the outlook that counts, and not the object”

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A nurse who has some fears in life which she discloses to Baba.

Q. Oh, I am so happy to see you . . . . I am so tired of life, and very unhappy . . . . I don’t see how I can improve !

Baba:

Everyone is unconsciously tired of this life, because every one seeks happiness, but knows not how to get it. But life is beautiful ! It is meant to be happy. I will help you. Then things will appear changed. You will see it.

It is always the outlook that counts, and not the object. To-day you feel tired, upset, seeing nothing beautiful in things around you in life. If tomorrow you do not feel bored, but cheerful, it will be due to changed outlook.

The easy way is not to make much of things. Take them lightly. Say to yourself, “I am meant to be happy, to make others happy,” and gradually you become happier, and make others happier too. Don’t suggest to your mind, “I am tired, haggard, depressed,” etc. That will make you worse. Always say, “All is well; I will be happy.” I will help you. I can and I will. You will feel it.

-http://cashewnut.me.uk/WGCbooks/web-Purdom-books-1937-1-f.php

Bringing the best out of you

Baba with alphabet board 1930s

(A woman with her son, an actor)
Q. How can one achieve one’s ambition? (she pointed to her son) He is an artist.

Art is one of the means through which the soul expresses itself, and inspires others. But to do that thoroughly, he must have his inner emotions aroused thoroughly. If you feel that something checks you from expressing yourself, then you have to do one thing, that is, to adjust your mental attitude thus: just before you do anything, think, “I can and will express it thoroughly,” and every time you act you will find you are more convinced.

It is the mind that is closed. There are many actors, who, either through inferiority or through nervousness or dryness, feel that they cannot express their parts, and this negative feeling of the mind checks expression. While acting, think you are one of the greatest actors in the world and try to express yourself thoroughly. I will help you spiritually. Just think you are the greatest actor. Where’s the harm in thinking that? If it is not for “pride,” but for bringing the best out of you that you do it, then there is nothing wrong.

The Perfect Master, p 254, CB Purdom

Truth is infinitely simple

When Baba had boarded the Circassia, he had glanced at the other passengers and remarked to Norina, “One sincere soul will be found among the many.” … Baba also met a few of the other passengers on board who expressed their desire to meet him. On November 18th, Baba gave this message to that small group of passengers:

“Truth is infinitely simple and to realize it is naturally also easy. Complications are not natural to unity because duality is based on complications. Books, philosophies and different terms, all lead to confusion and contradiction if not applicable to one’s spiritual tendency. God-Realization means living in and with God in every thought and action – to be so spontaneous as to naturally express divinity through every thought and deed consciously. It is divinely and consciously automatic.

When you are asleep or awake, conscious or unconscious, eating or not, with people or alone, amidst activities or in solitude, you continue breathing automatically. Your breath is constant and always with you. So must God be in and with you automatically, and at the same time consciously, in every aspect of your life. It is to be simple, practical and livable in the ordinary run of life, natural and easy to maintain in all your worldly activities.

Belief, trust and faith are all illusory phenomena if not based on conviction through personal experience. Ignorant persons seek to point out the faults and weaknesses in others instead of finding them in themselves; and for some, to criticize Truth is their life’s work, for when they fail to gain it, they grow despondent and turn against it.

The apparent is not real. Under many a life’s complicated problems are hidden some of the simplest truths which the veil of ignorance obscures from human vision.

Do not bother about believing in me. Be prepared to believe in your Self. Have faith in your own capacity for longing for Truth. Only then will you know Truth in its pure and infinite simplicity. Only then will you come to know who I am.”
-www.lordmeher.org, p1882
Nov, 1937; Traveling on ship

 

Photo courtesy: http://www.meherbabatravels.com/ship-travels/circassia/

As long as the ‘link’ with Baba is maintained we are safe

Baba in a train in Andhra Darshan tour, 1953

Bandili B. Bapiraju related several of his miraculous experiences, saying they were sufficient proof for him to take Meher Baba as the Avatar. To this, Baba replied at length:

All such experiences may be due to your love and faith, and as such are far off the mark to prove that I am the Avatar. Of course, as for myself, I have the Experience that I am the Avatar. But, however much all of you say, I do not feel convinced that you really know that I am the Avatar. To know me as the Avatar, to know me as I am, you have to be what I am!

One day Upasni Maharaj, when we were alone in his hut, said to me with folded hands, “You are the Avatar.” Now, though it is a fact that the Avatar, God and you all are One, yet all that I want you to do is to love me, obey me with full faith. For Hafiz says:

O Hafiz! Don’t bother about anything.
Only worship your Master by holding fast to his robe.
Don’t let go your hold under any circumstances!

 To make the point clear, suppose there is a railroad engine with five or six bogies [railroad cars] attached to it. Some contain gold, some silver and some cowdung. But as long as the link with the engine is maintained, all are safe and will reach the same destination. But no sooner is the link snapped, than the wagons shall be where they are.

So, don’t bother about your thoughts, whether good or bad. Bear in mind that all thoughts are illusory. The only reality is to catch firm hold of the daaman.

-www.lordmeher.org, p3260
Jan, 1953; Andhra Tour

 

Simple life means a life of desirelessness

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Meher Baba’s painting by Julian Lamar, 1932*

One day, explaining to Cath about leading a “simple” life, Baba observed:

People always make a mistake when they talk of leading a simple life. To live such a life is infinitely difficult. Outwardly, a person may wear plain garments and have a simple diet, but this is not living a simple life! The spiritual life is lived when a person is free of all desires, thus becoming completely open and guileless.

What is the use of only outwardly living simply? The elaborate dress of desires and longings is there, side by side with a feasting ego! The real meaning of leading a simple life is to be totally desireless, and to become desireless is impossible without a feeling of love for God.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1305
Nov, 1931; Harmon Retreat

*The above photo was painted by the painter Julian Lamar who he met Baba at Harmon Retreat. It was completed by April 1932 and now hangs at Baba’s House on Meher Spiritual Center in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. [Lord Meher Page 1306 – Footnote]

The difference between the state of a majzoob, Perfect Master, and an ordinary man

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In explaining the difference between the state of a majzoob, Perfect Master, and an ordinary man, Baba gave this simile:

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

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

-www.lordmeher.org, p686
July, 1926; Meherabad

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“Each one can perceive my glory according to his own capacity — either small or large.”
(www.lordmeher.org, p4745)

The spirit of true love: “The spirit of true love and real sacrifice is beyond all ledgers and needs no measures”

Just as it can never be too late or too early to learn to love for the sake of love, there can be nothing too small or too big to be sacrificed or sacrificed for. The flow of life, the flow of light, the flow of love is as much in the drop as in the ocean. The smallest thing is as big as the biggest, and the biggest thing is as small as the smallest. It all depends on the particular yardstick with which one measures a thing.

The spirit of true love and real sacrifice is beyond all ledgers and needs no measures. A constant wish to love and be loving and a non-calculating will to sacrifice in every walk of life, high and low, big and small, between home and office, street and cities, countries and continents are the best anti-selfish measures that man can take in order to be really self-ful and joyful.

May you one day behold the ever-shining Light of Love that never dies and knows no darkness.

My blessings to you, one and all.

-www.lordmeher.org, p2591
Sept, 1947; Surat

The spirit of true love: “Love needs to be kindled and rekindled in the abysmal darkness of selfish thoughts, selfish words and selfish deeds”

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Of all the forces that can best overcome all difficulties is the love that knows how to give without necessarily bargaining for a return.

There is nothing that love cannot achieve and there is nothing that love cannot sacrifice. There is nothing which is beyond me and there is nothing without me. Yet, I am and can always be captured with love.

Pure love is matchless in majesty, it has no parallel in power and there is no darkness it cannot dispel. It is the undying flame that has set all life aglow. All the same, it needs to be kindled and rekindled in the abysmal darkness of selfish thoughts, selfish words and selfish deeds in order to burst out in a mighty spirit to serve as a beacon for those who may yet be groping in the darkness of selfishness, be it deep blue or all black.

The light of love is not free from its fire of sacrifices. In fact, like heat and light, love and sacrifice, so to say, go hand in hand. The true spirit of sacrifice that springs spontaneously does not and cannot reserve itself for particular objects and special occasions.

-www.lordmeher.org, p2591
Sept, 1947; Surat

Selfishness is the root cause of all troubles

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Selfishness is the root cause of all troubles. It is all the more dangerous because, under the subtle influence of selfishness, the worst evils are apt to assume false colors of chivalry, sacrifice, nobility, service and even love. In spite of sometimes turning into a beast with cruelty, anger and the lust of aggrandizement and subjugation, man can and often does cheat himself into believing that he yet remains a man, a patriot and so on.

-www.lordmeher.org, p2590
Sept, 1947; Surat

Photo courtesy: MSI collection

Rewards in proportion to their love, service and faith and honesty

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On May 21st, according to his wish, Eruch read out the names of the departed ones as he had done in Meherazad in November, reciting the same prayer that Baba had dictated.

“O God, grant these departed lovers of mine

their just rewards in proportion

to their love, service, faith and honesty.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p5336
June, 1968; Guruprasad