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The Repentance Prayer – Part 1

Baba stood up and reverentially folded his hands to the gathering. Resuming his seat he continued:

I want you all to patiently hear what I have to say, declare and what I have decided. Before I make clear my Fiery Life, I will explain to you the stand of a devotee that I have adopted today [In Fiery Life phase of of His work, Baba assumed the role of a devotee].

For an ordinary devotee, there exists attachment of every kind. Ignorance being the predominating factor, desires and duality persist; and due to this ignorance, virtue and sin, good and bad gain meaning. Worries, doubts, upsets and miseries are the products of this ignorance. Birth and death, which to a Dnyani (Knower) are superfluous, have meaning in ignorance. Therefore, for a devotee, good, bad and all forms of duality exist until Dnyan comes. And so today I am taking the stand of an ordinary devotee who seeks forgiveness of God for his mistakes.

After this explanation, Baba asked Donkin to read on his behalf the following statement in English. Translations of it were ready and were read aloud by Dr. Deshmukh in Marathi and Keshav Nigam in Hindi:

In a few moments I am going to repent to God and ask His forgiveness for my sins and also for the sins of everyone connected with me.

Because I shall include myself in this repentance and prayer, it is important for you to know that I shall, for the time being, take my stand as an ordinary devotee – as one whose devotion and longing for Union with God are weakened and corrupted again and again by evil thoughts, evil feelings, evil words and evil deeds.

I know that only God exists, and in the same way I also know that good and evil are merely aspects or manifestations of God Himself.

For the ordinary man and even the ordinary devotee, this knowledge of the true nature of good and evil is only the fruit of faith or reason. It is therefore theoretical and not real knowledge, and it does not free him from the law of karma – the law that is based on God’s Will, the law that pervades throughout eternity.

–Lord Meher (First Ed), p3949

“The Master’s Prayer has substantial force and meaning”

To Francis, Baba commented, “The Mohammedan way of praying to God is that which was performed by Aloba. The Parsi way of worshiping is different; they hold a sacred thread in a special manner and complete their worship [at the fire temple]. There are different ways of Hindu worship also. What procedure do the Christians adopt?”

Francis made the sign of the cross like a Catholic. “Every religion has ceremonies and rituals,” Baba continued. “They are like dry bones. Love has no bondage. The prayer of the heart is the greatest thing. The Master’s Prayer has substantial force and meaning. That is why I have given it to the world.”

–www.lordmeher.org, p4580
Aug, 1959; Meherazad

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“Pray from the heart by giving yourselves.  Just saying the words or being still, unless you are giving yourselves, is useless. It is the prayer of your heart, the giving of your heart, that counts. Those prayers are answered. Jesus meant, you do not pray, you do not ask, because you do not really ask with all  your being.”
(www.lordmeher.org, p3980)

“You have to take love into your heart”

The next day, Nadine brought her husband Ilya, the son of Leo Tolstoy and himself an author. Ilya asked Baba, “How can one love when there is so much evil in this world?”

Baba answered, “You have to take love into your heart. You are a fine man; soon you will understand.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p1413
May, 1932; New York

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!

-www.lordmeher.org, 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.

-www.lordmeher.org, 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.
-www.lordmeher.org, 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.”

–http://www.avatarmeherbaba.org/anzar.html

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.”

-www.lordmeher.org, 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.

-www.lordmeher.org, p3074
May, 1952; Myrtle Beach