Mind is a good servant, but a bad master

Once during his visits, while sitting under the trees in the garden, he explained about the mind:

Mind is a good servant, but a bad master. This means if you control it, it will act as you want. The mind is a bad master if it has control over you to go its way. Once the mind’s control is firm you are lost! Mind is a storehouse of low desires and always misleads you. It has the stamp of animal desires on it from billions of years.

If you control the mind, desires become inactive. Because the mind also has good desires from human lives, those desires are worked out. Mind is a good servant, but a bad master!, p2162
October, 1940; Meherabad

Needs vs wants

Someone asked, “How can we differentiate between needs and wants? Some claim, ‘I need all I want.’ What is the difference?”

Baba spelled out in reply:

If you are dying of thirst in the desert, you need water – not lemonade. If you ask for water, it is your need. If you ask for barley water, it is a want. Is it clear? But if you can get good water, it is not necessary to drink muddy water to kill your desire for drinking. Drink good water. Neither lemonade nor muddy water, but pure, simple water., p1819
April, 1937; Nasik

The need to control mind

Everything depends on the mind. The mind feeds on happiness and misery. The world is really a dream. Happiness and sorrow are plays of the mind; there is no substance in either. In fact, the mind exists to endeavor to see God, but it leaves this aside and becomes caught up in the world. “I want this! I want that!” it shouts. The mind gets one entangled in Maya and thereby increases desires. No sooner is one desire satisfied than another is there ready to be satisfied. Thus, one after another, desires increase without limit and they never bring freedom to anyone.

The man who has control over the mind possesses the whole universe. He has no use for happiness, suffering, health, wealth or anything else. He is beyond all that., p1552
October, 1933; Aboard ship

“You must stick as close as you can to me”

While browsing through Bili Eaton’s archives, I came across this deeply meaningful paragraph in a letter that Meher Baba’s sister Mani S. Irani wrote to Bili on May 25, 1955 from Satara:

“What you said about the ‘daaman’ reminds me of the simile Baba gave us long ago in Meherabad. “You must stick as close as you can to me or you may find yourselves falling off. Like raindrops on an open umbrella that is twirled round, those that are farthest away (in love not in distance) are shaken off. Those that are really close are unmoved. You all love me greatly for you stick on — I love you more for I hold you to me.”


Disciples are of three types

There are three types of disciples: those who help, those who are a burden, and those who are a hindrance.

Those who lift me up and carry me are the best helpers. The ones who may not be able to lift me up, but who give me their companionship, assist my work well and also render much help.

But the person who is unable to lift me up and is stubborn, refusing to allow me to lift him, is a burden and obstructs me in my work. The obstructionist is the man who does not allow me to lift him up and who does not give me his companionship, but on the contrary, pulls my hand from behind, thus obstructing my work by fighting with me even when I try to lift him.
–Lord Meher First Ed., p1547

“But try to hang on”

When Ivy Duce and her Sufi group had their interview in the Lagoon Cabin, Baba reiterated how they must hang on to his daaman, and how difficult it would be: “If six cobras came into this room suddenly from out there, would you just sit still here with me? No, you would be flying out the doors and windows as fast as you could in sheer panic. You would forget all about Baba!

“Peter denied me when I was Jesus. The dark cloud of which I have been warning you of is very, very near. It will happen suddenly, from an unexpected angle, just like I have mentioned the sudden onrush of the cobras. You will not expect it from such an angle, and you will feel justified in leaving me. Each will be tried by his own psychological weakness, but try to hang on.”, p4365
May, 1958; Myrtle Beach

The three things that always hinder Truth – temptation, vagueness and dishonesty

To Ivy Duce and Francis Brabazon, Baba stated in private:

… There are three things that always hinder Truth.

First is temptation. Very, very few persons can overcome temptation – temptation of money, fame, power, lust and leadership are disastrous, very binding, and very few escape it.

Second, vagueness about things;

And third, dishonesty., p3074
May, 1952; Myrtle Beach

Continents and their role in spiritual evolution

A person has to pass through three stages before Realization – evolution, reincarnation and advancement on the path. From stone to animal to human form is evolution; this is the first stage. With the human form, evolution ends and the cycle of rebirth begins; this is the second stage. The third stage is involution through the spiritual planes.

In Africa there is a full swing of evolution, as all types of animals, plants and metals are found there. In Europe and America, reincarnation is intensified with numerous people taking birth after birth entangled together. In Asia there is spiritual progress and advancement on the path. That is why saints and Masters are found in the East, particularly India., p1147
March, 1930; Mysore

What punishment is meted out to those who break the laws of God?


… They reached Visapur railway station, where Baba distributed sweets to the children and then to the teachers and mandali. They went to see the Water Tank which was under construction by the prisoners of the Visapur Central Prison. Watching the hard labors of the convicts, the Master remarked:

“How these prisoners are suffering untold hardships and privations! They are kept away from society because they have broken the law of the land. But what punishment is meted out to those who break the laws of God? Can you imagine their fate? The best way to save oneself from breaking divine law is to surrender completely to a Perfect Master and literally follow his instructions to the letter.”

The group was greatly affected by his compassion even for hardened criminals., p586
May, 1925; Visapur

“The more you indulge in maya, the more you want to get involved in it.”

Afterwards the discussion drifted to the workings of maya. At one point, Baba explained,

“Maya can be compared to ringworm on one’s skin. The more you scratch, the more you want to scratch and the more pained and miserable you become. In the same way, the more you indulge in maya, the more you want to get involved in it and one becomes all the more pained and miserable.”, p4956
Apr, 1963; Guruprasad


“Know once and for all, as long as you hold fast to my daaman, you are priceless.
But if you let go, you have no worth, no value at all. So beware, and hold on to my  daaman until the very end.”
(Is That So. p47)