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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

Baba’s compassion

Meher Baba once spoke about himself as the Judge, and of the difference between himself as the Judge and the judges of the earth.
He said: “The judges of the world bring guilt to the guilty and punish them; I bring guilt to the guilty and forgive them.”

-Is that So, p59, William Le Page

The Greater value

There is greater value in conquering the heart of a single enemy than in gaining victory over the bodies of thousands of enemies. The mind is capable of turning the bitterest enemy into the sweetest friend by constantly thinking well (charitably) of him.

-Treasures from the Meher Baba journals, p10, ed Jane Haynes

Your conscience is the best judge

Neither praise nor blame should distract you from the path of your duty. Leave aside all other considerations; if your conscience tells you that you have discharged the duty properly, that is enough. Your conscience is the best judge. It is human to err, and there must be mistakes, you can only do your best.

Always be in time, look after your work personally, do not leave anything to others, and then if mistakes happen they will be overlooked and pardoned. Even if I speak to you harshly about such mistakes do not take what I say to heart.

-God-Man, p72, CB Purdom

An absolute turnover

Recently the Beloved has been telling us not so much of the close-at-hand breaking of His Silence, but of the monumental change that will come about on earth when He does so. One morning while we were sitting at breakfast with Baba, and a humming bird was hovering before a window-pane in ecstasy of its own reflection, we got to talking of His Silence.

Illustrating for us the completeness of the transformation that will take place in the world after He breaks His Silence, Baba cupped His left hand loosely over His right as though He were holding a big ball, and then with a deft movement brought His right hand over His left in an absolute turnover of the imaginary ball’s position.

“Upside down”, one of us interpreted. With a half-smile Baba gestured “Right side up”!

-82 Family Letters, Mani, 0264

Beyond Time ( A parable)

“I am beyond time, but when the five Perfect Masters bring Me down, I appear to be limited by time, and the time differs on different levels of consciousness. My work, to guide one and all to take a leap into timelessness, unceasingly continues on all planes. My time which includes all other types of time is quite different.

“For example, when I started observing silence, I said that I will break it soon. More than three decades have passed, but the silence still continues and yet what I said about the time factor is the truth. The following story will give you some idea.

“A brave warrior was fighting for a noble cause against a group of cruel soldiers. He cheerfully withstood the attack, with the light of compassion in his eyes even for those who fired at him. In the end as he was falling to the ground for his final rest, he noticed some ants moving about. Even while experiencing excruciating pains, he had a kind thought for the ants. So he swayed his body a bit to the other side and saved the lives of the ants.

“The delay in time that ensued in the fall of the body to the ground which resulted from that compassionate feeling, may appear too trivial a time interval to you, but it may be likened to the interval between the observing and the breaking of My silence. The purpose is to save truth-loving humanity from being crushed.”

–The Ancient One, Eruch Jessawala, p. 177