“It is good to excel in whatever one takes up, so long as there is a feeling of humility”

After lunch, Baba sat on the verandah surrounded by his lovers. The main hall was completely vacated, as Baba agreed to distribute trophies that day to several cricket teams of the Poona District Cricket Association. The different teams collected in the hall about 1:45 P.M.

Eruch read out Baba’s message to the cricket players:

I am happy to present these trophies today. When I was a boy in school and college, I played cricket. Now I play my divine Universal Game which includes cricket, and so I am still fond of that game.

It is good to excel in whatever one takes up, so long as there is a feeling of humility with this excellence, for this leads to love of God, and to love God as He should be loved is the best excellence. I give you my blessing that one day each of you may have this love., p5008
May, 1963; Guruprasad

Baba’s will and our response


Some days later, Eruch read Hoshang Dadachanji’s letter to Baba, in which he mentioned this tragedy: “May our Beloved Baba give [the Arjani family] the strength to bow down to his will.”

Baba commented:

“The one who knows how to bow down to my will must necessarily be a strong man. A man needs strength to bow to my will, whereas a weak person submits to my will. And the person who neither bows down nor submits to my divine will under all conditions of life is no man at all!”

–, p5340
Jul, 1968; Meherazad

“Anything given with love is not lost.”


Occasionally, Baba permitted his lovers to pay to have food prepared for himself and the mandali on some special occasion or celebration, such as a birthday or anniversary. Adi Ghaswala, a Bombay lover, sent Adi Sr. a check or money order for Rs.100 for food to be sent for Baba, but the money was somehow lost in transit. Ghaswala felt terrible, but Baba appreciated the thought and on 2 September cabled Ghaswala his love and blessings stating, “Anything given with love is not lost.”, p5345
Aug, 1968; Meherazad

Daily connect with Baba by thinking of Him in silence just for a minute

Baba then said, “Now try to completely silence your mind for one minute.” A minute of silence followed and Baba continued, giving a simple but effective method of daily remembrance:

If those who love me will just for one minute, as now, be silent in their minds just before they go to bed, and think of me and picture me in the silence of their minds, and do that regularly, then this veil of ignorance that you have will disappear, and this bliss that I speak of, and which all long for, you will experience.

When I am in seclusion I do not give discourses and messages at all, but I have given the above because of my love for you.

–, p3978
July 1956;  London


“You have an opportunity because I am here with you and I say: “Love me.”


If you were dreaming and I appeared in your dream and told you that you were dreaming, it is not real — you would say: “Baba, I am enjoying these things; I know they are real.” It is hard to understand. In your awake dream I tell you now, nothing is real, so don’t worry.

How to stop? Think of me, love me.

Christ said with divine authority, “Your sins are forgiven,” and I say with divine authority, “Love me, and your worries will vanish!”

Reality is impossible to describe and it is difficult to attain. One in a million becomes a lover of God, and of a million lovers, only one gets Realization. It sounds impossible. Baba says, you have an opportunity because I am here with you and I say: “Love me.”, p4095
Aug, 1956; Australia

“Don’t worry! Worry accumulates and increases in strength”


Don’t worry! Worry accumulates and increases in strength, becomes a habit long after the original cause has ceased to be. [He asked one man his age.] When you were young, this and that happened; you cried, you felt sad and worry began. And after 50 years you still worry, although the time when worry began in you has gone. If another 50 years passes, you could at the end of that time be still worrying about something which was happening now. It is crazy.

You worry now about some condition, yet you have experienced all conditions. You have been blind, sick, poor, old, young, beautiful, ugly. You worry about your children — you have had numberless children, and they have had numberless parents and children. You worry about your job — you have been in every sort of occupation. You worry about your wife — you have had so many wives. You have been everything and experienced all conditions, and yet you worry about the slightest thing that happens to you., p4095
Aug, 1956; Australia

You should be afraid of dishonesty but not weaknesses


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The spot where Baba held this meeting mentioned in this post which is next to the hut

Before leaving Mahewa, Baba took the mandali to a spot near Meherastana. After returning, at about 8 A.M., he sat outside his room and discussed matters with the local workers. The main topic hinged on a difference of opinion between Keshav and Gaya Prasad. Baba observed:

“Such differences of opinion among my men have been the same throughout eternity – even in the time of Krishna, Ram, Buddha, Jesus and Muhammad – they are always being brought to my notice. I am in the habit of listening to such disputes since eternity. It breaks the monotony!

“Until one realizes me, one cannot escape the ego; even advanced beings cannot escape the egoistic urges. The slightest touch of ego can bring down a fourth plane yogi. One is safe from it only after reaching the fifth plane. So now who else has some complaint?”

Pukar began to complain about something, and Baba interrupted him, stating, “Everyone should be free and frank and make the best use of this opportunity I am giving to enable you to unload your minds. None should hesitate to speak freely.”

After the misunderstanding between Gaya Prasad and Keshav was ironed out, Baba commented,

“I bring out weaknesses because I love you. Be honest; weaknesses are there. You should not be afraid of them. You should be afraid of dishonesty. Who doesn’t get bad thoughts? They are the foundation of life. No house can stand without its foundation.

“Thoughts may be best or worst, but one should take care of one’s actions. Had it not been for the weaknesses in everyone, there would have been no difference between me and you.”,3451
Feb, 1954; Mahewa (Hamirpur District)



“This New Life will live by itself eternally”

Beloved Baba carrying begging bowl at Dr Nath’s house, Benares during New Life

[Beloved Baba started New Life on 16 Oct, 1949. Here is the eternal message given by Beloved Baba which brings out the spirit of the New Life.]

This New Life is endless,
and even after my physical death will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation
of falsehood, lies, hatred, anger, greed and lust,
and who, to accomplish all this, do no lustful actions,
do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material possessions or power,
who accept no homage, neither covet honor, nor shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing;
by those who rely wholly and solely on God,
and who love God purely for the sake of loving,
who believe in the lovers of God and in the reality of Manifestation,
and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward,
who do not let go the hand of Truth,
and who, without being upset by calamities, bravely and wholeheartedly face all hardships with one hundred percent cheerfulness,
and give no importance to caste, creed and religious ceremonies.
This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it.

–, p2882

A brief account of the Manonash work at Hyderabad during New Life period

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Group photo – Baba with participants of  ‘The Hyderabad Meeting’ (June, 1951)

Manonash work is the culmination of New Life. Manonash (or Man-o-nash) means ‘annihilation of mind’. The Manonash phase of work started at Khojaguda cave, Hyderabad. Baba stayed in Hyderabad from 27 May to 24 Oct 1951 during New Life. During this period He conducted The Hyderabad Meeting for the declaration of  ”the God-determined Step” of Manonash. 

The meeting took place from 28-30 June 1951 at residence of Nawab Ali Nawaz Jung at Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad. Thirty none (39) Lovers from Hamirpur, Andhra, and other places attended it for three days. Some of the close companions stayed for 7 days. Baba said he called them as witnesses to the Declaration.

About the God-determined Step Baba said that it will be executed from 16 Oct 1951 to 15 Feb 1952. 

About the intensity of this Manonash work, Baba said:

“To take another example, suppose I am suffering from physical disabilities and afflictions of a type that allow me to move very little, and yet I have decided to climb Mount Everest.

To stretch the simile to its utmost length, I might just as well say that I have to attain the zenith of strength at a time when I am at the zenith of weakness, in an impossibly short period — impossible in the sense that what could be achieved in four crores [40 million] of lives is to be achieved in four months! Yet all this gives only an incomplete idea of what is really at stake for me now.”

In the declarartion that was read by William Donkin in English, CD Deshmukh in Marathi and Abdul Ghani in Urdu, Baba said:

…“The step God wants me to take is one of complete and absolute annihilation. I am at this moment solely and entirely in the New Life, and it is purely from this New Life stand of an ordinary human being that I tell you about this annihilation.”

… God wants me to take this step, and I am absolutely certain that He will help me gain this mental annihilation by February 12. With this inner conviction, I will plunge deeply into this act of annihilation from the 16th of October.”

Out of 70 in the meeting, only 21 offered to go with Baba for Manonash work.  Baba finally selected the following: Gustadji, Baidul, Pendu, Eruch. Baba discoursed on Manonash at length.

Baba said that :

“Mind is never transformed. Ego is transformed once only. (By Ego is meant Astitva, meaning the Real I.) Mind cannot be transformed. Why? Because it is not One itself. Mind survives by desires and thoughts, and it is made up of impressions. Ego is One in itself, but this Real Ego — the Real I — is now bound by the mind. And this mind which is made up of false impressions makes the Real think itself false. Mind makes you think of birth, death, happiness, misery, etc, as real things, but nothing can be more false than this.”

The 4 months period was divided into 4 phases: – First 30-40 days was to be spent in Khojaguda cave – Second 30-40, foot journey from Hyderabad to Aurangabad – Third, contacting masts at Khuldabad – Fourth, the final stage at Meherazad.

Eruch, Baidul and Pendu found a hill called Khojaguda, 8 KMs from Hyderabad according to Baba’s specifications. On one side of the cave, there was a tomb of Baba Fakruddin, a 14th-century Muslim saint and on another side a Hindu temple of Lord Vishnu.

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Models of five religious symbols (Buddhist temple, Hindu temple, Christian church, Mohammedan mosque, Zoroastrian fire urn) made of alabaster were made at Agra for the seclusion work.


On 15th Oct, Baba arrived in a decorated car at 2:30 PM.

On 16th Oct, prayers were held simultaneously at different places – Baba and the group at the dargah of the Muslim saint, Meherjee at fire-temple, Udwada – Keki Desai at Moinuddin Chistie’s tomb at Ajmer, WD Kain at Krishna’s temple at Mathura, Gaya Prasad Khare at Buddha’s temple at Sarnath,  Vishwanth Haldankar at Francis Xavier’s cathedral in Goa.

 At Hyderabad, prayers were held by Nilu in a Buddhist temple, Vishnu in a Hindu temple, Kaikobad in a Parsi fire temple, Donkin in a catholic church,  A selected Muslim priest in a mosque.

On 23rd Oct, Baba ended the seclusion saying that “… my work in the cave has been 100 percent successful.”

On 24th Oct, Baba set-off on foot to Meherazad via Aurangabad, thus ending the first phase of Manonash work at Hyderabad.

-Adapted from, “Glimpses of the God-Man,

A very simple method of overcoming anger

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After the Hamirpur group, the Delhi and Dehra Dun groups were called. Prakashwati’s son, Bhushan, had barely turned sixteen, and so he was allowed to attend the program. Baba asked if he was following his orders, and then asked in wonderment, “How is it that you always get angry so quickly?”

Baba gave Bhushan a very simple method of overcoming anger:

“Whenever you are about to get angry with someone, at once remember that he is Baba! Then you will not get angry with Baba.”

–, 3628
Sept, 1954 (The Three Incredible Weeks); Meherabad