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“Selfless service and love are twin divine qualities”

 

During the voyage, on Saturday, 7 August 1937, Baba explained to the Westerners about performing selfless service:

God as God alone is not consciously man, and man as man alone is not consciously God. Only the God-Man is consciously both God and man; so the God-Man is both Lord and the servant of the universe. Lord, in the state of helping all souls progress toward Reality. Servant, as consciously bearing the burden of all. To serve Him who serves all is serving the universe.

Selfless service and love are twin divine qualities. Only the one who loves can serve. Serve your beloved God-Man and you are serving your own Self in every other self. This service which the Master exacts is for your own spiritual benefit. However, your service must be spontaneous, willing, wholehearted, unconditional and not expecting any reward.

Service to the Master is an ordeal which tries the body, mind and spirit. The body suffers, the mind is tormented, but the spirit of the selfless servant of the Master experiences the bliss of true satisfaction.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1854
Aug, 1937;  Traveling on the ship “Strathnaver”

The habit of criticism – Try to control by thinking of Baba

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Try your best to overcome it [criticism and in-fighting]. Your fighting is all childish and has no sense. If you try you will control, but trying means thinking of me.

If you think of me, these orders will go easy for you. Yoga means control, which is more difficult than cutting off your arms and giving up your eye! When Christ said give your other cheek to be slapped, it means control. But the world thinks that if you get slapped and don’t get excited, you are either a coward or shameless.

Fight to overcome lust, anger and greed. To control is not to do that which you have been used to doing.

If  you fail once, do not give up but try again. If you succeed once, you will have helped me a lot. If you fail nine times and win once, that too helps.

-www.lordmeher.org, p2131
Jul, 1940;  Meherabad

The habit of criticism – “If you point out the shortcomings of others lovingly, …it is all right.”

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If you do not get angry, you are a stone. If you get angry and cannot control it, you are an animal. If you get angry and can control it you are an angel, a saint! It is going against one’s nature and habit that helps. Not getting angry will not help. You must not express it! Impotence is no help.

Innocent and fair criticism does not hurt and is good, but it is quite rare. What I mean by talking ill of others is when you criticize and it hurts; it hurts when you criticize excitedly, out of anger. When you criticize with love and kindness, how can it hurt?

Any remark or criticism that does not hurt is good. Make fun, joke, humor, but don’t hurt anyone and talk back. If you point out the shortcomings of others lovingly, without any feeling of hate or animosity, it is all right. Even arguing with love is permitted. Try your utmost to help me, which you can do by acting according to my wish. Sacrifice your sweet habit of hurting others.

-www.lordmeher.org , p2132
Jul, 1940; Meherabad

"As soon as we make others happy, then God knows about it immediately, and is pleased"

Christ said the very same thing. Why do we need another prescription?

Because humanity would never listen to him. He said the same thing: “I am the Reality. All follow me. Wake up from the dream!” None listened. The same thing is repeating again. That is why I tell you, love me more and more and make others love me. Through your own example, make others happy. God will listen to that. As soon as we make others happy, then God knows about it immediately, and is pleased. No amount of prayer or meditation or artis you can say will please God. He is deaf to that. But when you help others, or serve others at the cost of your own happiness, immediately God knows and hears — your actions, your activities — and is pleased.

-www.lordmeher.org, p3995
Jul, 1956;  New York

Baba’s advice to Krishna to get rid of undesirable thoughts

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One day Krishna, while out on a walk, eyed a young woman. He began having undesirable thoughts, and he could not get them out of his mind. Distressed and feeling ashamed, he went to Baba’s room for nightwatch. When Baba asked what was wrong, Krishna told him what had happened. Telling him to wait, Baba went to the women and returned with a slip of paper on which were written the words:

Satchitanand, Paramanand, Meher Baba Vidnyanand

[All Truth, Knowledge and Bliss, God in the Beyond, Meher Baba the All-knowing One]

“From today, repeat these three names for fifteen minutes a day for seven days,” Baba instructed. To give Krishna the tune and beat, Baba stood in front of him and clapped as Krishna sang the line. Baba himself put Krishna in a room and closed the door. Fifteen minutes later, Baba came and asked Krishna how he felt. Krishna replied that the thoughts had ceased, and Baba caressed his face and assured him not to worry.

-www.lordmeher.org, p2515
Dec, 1945; Meherabad

Listen to the naam dhun of Satchitanand, Paramanand in the multimedia page.
http://avatarmeher.org/multimedia/songs/20150122%20Larry_Recordings_Gopi_House/Naam_Dhun_Sachitanand.mp3
Not sure of the tune is the same as given by Baba. But this tune is very popular.

Real beauty can never be enjoyed without rooting out the dirt

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During a discussion on Saturday, 13 February 1932, the topic of beauty came up in the presence of a few outsiders.

To explain further, Baba spelled out:

I like beauty in everything; but what is beauty? The beauty that never perishes, that is immortal, is real beauty.

Look at the human body. It is full of filth and dirt. The mouth, nose, rectum, urinary tract — what are in all these? Filth! Still, men run after beautiful women. This is not beauty. It is foul lust.

Suppose you love a beautiful woman and her face gets misshapen by acid thrown on it, rendering her ugly. Then what will become of your ‘love’?

If your heart is quite clean and your mind is pure, you will remain unaffected, even surrounded by thousands of beautiful women. It will have no effect on you and you will be able to appreciate beauty.

As it is, you do not love beauty but dirt, because you yourselves are unclean. Get rid of your own foulness and then find out what beauty is! Beauty can never be enjoyed without rooting out the dirt.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1352
Feb, 1932; Nasik

“If you wish to be at peace, keep your mind steady”

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On Wednesday, 18 December 1929, two Germans named Victor Stomps and Phillip Bobl came to Nasik for Baba’s darshan. They were interested in Buddhism and were traveling in India. The next day, Baba advised Victor, “Go to Italy; there you will find a Buddhist who is a devotee of mine. He is advanced on the Path. He will teach you how to know me; he has past connections with you.” Taking Baba’s advice, Victor Stomps decided to leave India and return to Europe.

The other German, Phillip, openly expressed a wish to live with the Master. Baba informed him, “You may stay here for a few days to determine whether such a life suits you, after which I will instruct you spiritually. But don’t worry about anything; keep your mind steady and one-pointed. Be firm in your resolve and do not waver.”

After considering this, Phillip consented, and comfortable arrangements for his boarding and lodging were made. Baba appointed two of the mandali to look after him and ordered them to be mindful of all his needs. But the following day, Bobl announced that he had decided to go elsewhere on pilgrimage. “Why?” Baba asked. “Were you uncomfortable here?”

“Nothing of the sort, but my mind is too active.”

Baba then advised him, “As long as your mind is actively working, you will never be at ease. If you wish to be at peace, keep your mind steady. You may go on pilgrimage now and have that experience, also.”

Baba concluded, “The mind is the root of all disturbance in the world; if you submit to it, you will never be able to follow a guru and find God.” Phillip Bobl left on his pilgrimage, never to meet Meher Baba again.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1126
Dec, 1929; Nasik

“This echo is the gift of the Master”

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One of Purdom’s friends came to see Baba on 26 September 1931 and said, “After reading the articles in Everyman, I felt I must see you. It was not a superficial thought; I was inspired to see you.”

Baba expressed his pleasure at meeting him and observed:

It is not within the bounds of the intellect to judge spiritual perfection or to enter the realms of One who has attained perfection. This can only be achieved through love — surpassing the intellect. This love is born only in the pure heart of a real lover of God.

It can never blossom in the hearts of those swayed by the intellect’s achievements.

For this reason, divine personalities when explaining about themselves rely more on impulse and inspiration than on intellect. While giving his contact to worthy souls, a Perfect Master creates impetus within them. Man’s innermost being is the House of God, and when contact with a Divine Being is established, the heart echoes with his sweet Song. This echo is the gift of the Master. By creating the silent impulse within, he makes it resonate.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1273
Sept, 1931; London

Photo source: http://www.meherbabatravels.com/personalities/kinye-imai/

“I feel every heartbeat in creation”

 

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On December 30th, while expounding on the universe, Meher Baba revealed:

The speed of the revolving of the universe is so tremendous that it is impossible to tell whether it is spinning in motion. Look how many people, creatures, and inanimate things there are in this world. Every person and thing has a pulse; everyone has thoughts – hundreds of thoughts per minute. If all of these thoughts of the whole mass of humanity and all other living beings in the world are put together, no one would be able to measure or think of them. The amount is so measureless.

Such tremendous speed has no calculable speed. It looks as if it is at a standstill. The pulse of the whole universe is so infinite; but this pulse I measure, I observe and I feel. Think of what it must be. I know what the President of the United States thinks or will think tomorrow. I know the same about the Prime Minister of England. It does not take me even a moment to know their thoughts.

You wonder, “How is it possible?” I say it is possible because all this is so close to me. Suppose I pinch Vasant’s hand, cheek or belly. Does he feel it? He does because all these are parts of his body. If I pinch him simultaneously at several places, he would feel the pinches. In the same way, the universe has stuck to me; it is part and parcel of my being. I know and understand the thought of each and every living being and thing in the universe. How? Because I have clasped the universe to my bosom so tightly that I feel every heartbeat in creation.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1003
Dec, 1928; Meherabad

Photo source: https://www.pinterest.com/backtearth/you-and-i-are-not-we-but-one-~-meher-baba-2/

Love, Obedience and Surrender

Baba mentioned the reviews of God Speaks to the group and continued:

If after reading God Speaks Niranjan Singh feels happy, I will not be happy. I will not feel happy unless and until Niranjan begins loving me. Listen carefully. If you don’t understand, never mind. Maybe after hearing me, a few may begin loving me as I wish. It is not a joke to be on the spiritual path. Only that one who washes his hands of his mind, body and life, and turns into dust, can progress on the path. Volumes are written about this spiritual path. So I will tell you something about turning into dust. Afterwards I will speak about love.

Listen! There are three things which are most unimportant: to offer me garlands, to worship me, to perform my puja-arti. These are not the signs of love for God.

There are three things which are of paramount importance on the spiritual path. There is no compromise. These are love, obedience and surrender. Love is great in itself, but greater than love is obedience, and greater than obedience is complete surrender. Love seeks the will of the Beloved.

Obedience carries out the will of the Beloved. One who surrenders completely is resigned to the will of the Beloved. One who loves exists as the lover of the Beloved. Why? Because he simply loves the Beloved. One who obeys exists as the slave of the Beloved. One who surrenders his mind, body and soul has no existence — only the Beloved exists in him.

Love is a gift from God to man. A Perfect Master never gives the gift of love. Obedience is the gift from Master to man. Surrender is the gift of man to the Master.

-www.lordmeher.org, p3817
Nov, 1955; Meherabad