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Human form’s virtues and vices

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The next day in the mandali’s cottage, Baba asked Ramjoo if he was a human being or an animal. Taken aback, Ramjoo answered, “A human being!”

Baba then gave this discourse about the human form and its attributes:

The human form is the last form in evolution and it is the highest. Although it is the last and highest form in creation, it is still full of animal desires and lower qualities, such as eating, drinking, envy, hatred, anger, and lust. These blemishes are there because the human form has evolved through and out of creation; and in this evolving, all the faults and defects that are in animals are also in the human being.

But this is not the whole story. Side by side with these lower qualities, a human being has created in himself certain higher angelic qualities, such as being able to free himself from base desires, and has the attributes of kindness and grace. In an ordinary human being, there is an admixture of almost half and half of the lower animal qualities and the higher angelic ones. Although both must be destroyed before Realization, the lower qualities must first vanish. The disappearance of these lower qualities then makes a man capable of further advancement in the angelic ones. Eventually, the angelic qualities are also destroyed and man becomes one with God.

So to be a human being does not only mean to be born in a human form with the lowest animal qualities still sticking to it. A human form with the animal qualities destroyed and the angelic qualities developed, that is a real human being! But even that is not the perfect state. Angelic qualities developed to the highest degree still do not make a Perfect Being. The angels are free from the lower animal qualities and possess higher qualities of godliness, but they have no love — real love for God — which makes one worthy of Union. Angels, of course, have love, but it is in their nature. They have what can be called “natural love,” which makes them higher than human beings. But being devoid of love for God, angels cannot realize God. For that, they must assume human form with these higher qualities developed. In human form alone can they create love for God, qualifying them for the attainment of God-realization. Realization of God can never be attained without the human form.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1059
Aug, 1929; Harvan, Kashmir

Photo courtesy: MSI collection

Spend sanskaras through thoughts but not through actions

[Speaking to Swami Krishnaji, Baba said: ]

…but you should not succumb to temptations. I do not mean you could escape them, but you should avoid them. Not to run away from them means you should not fear them, feel nervous about them, be overcome by them.

Again, this means that there is no need to stop thoughts from coming. This is a very important thing. In no book is it mentioned. It is only for my lovers that I am pointing out today the secret of this spiritual darkness.

Lusty, good or bad thoughts should not be checked. Let them come, rather encourage them to come! Do not feel nervous or get despondent, but never allow them to express themselves in actions.

What happens then? To clean the slate of the mind these sanskaras should be spent in any way. If they are not spent in this birth they will have to be spent in the next birth. So they should be spent through thoughts only. If they are spent through physical actions, as we have said, new sanskaras are created. So they should only be spent mentally. When their force is spent, you are free.

…Now why do these thoughts come? From where do they come? They are not borrowed, nor do they come from somewhere outside. They were deep within you. If they do not surface now, they will surge up some other time. So I repeat, don’t worry, and if you follow me 100 percent you will be free.

-www.lordmeher.org, p3307
Mar, 1953; Dehra Dun

“Then you will have a curtain of Baba’s love protecting you”

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Baba In Sydney Australia 1956

Baba then dictated this story about three seekers:

Years ago in India when I used to give darshan, people would come from the city and neighboring places. I will tell you about three persons who came. The first man approached and said, “I do not want anything, Baba.” I felt very happy. Then he said, “Baba, I am not feeling well. I just want my health. I do not want anything else.” Gradually he informed me about his various difficulties — his big family and financial troubles. Then he said, “I do not want much, Baba; it is just a small thing. I want God.”

In the end, I said to him, “You want health, wealth for yourself and your family — all this, and then lastly, God. Nothing more!”

The second man said, “I want to be with you always, Baba; I want to serve you, to be near you always. I have nothing to do with the world now, and I do not want anything. If you will just give me a meal and some clothes, I will remain and serve you.” I told him to remain. A little while later he said, “I have one attachment; when I am free of this, I will come back and stay with you until I drop this body.”

The attachment was a debt he had incurred. He was to repay it and it was a great burden to him.

The third man [Pleader] came to me and said, “Baba, I want God-realization.” I asked him if he did not want other things as well. He replied, “Nothing but God-realization.” I then asked him to lock himself in a room for three years and to take only milk, no other food and no reading or writing. And the man did this. He had the daring to do it. This man did not leave his room, and when he found a cobra in it one day, he waited until Sidhu, who brought him his milk, came and killed it.

I want you all to know that love for me should not have any demands or wants. Wanting had its origin in the very first urge of God: “I want to know myself. I want to know who I am.”

… One should live a normal life and just love Baba, and not be attached to living. Then you will have a curtain of Baba’s love protecting you from the world. Do not feel attached. How? By loving me and thinking of me.

-www.lordmeher.org, p4092
Aug, 1956; Meher House, Sydney

Transform anger into love to know God

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[The situation was everyone especially Mansari got fed-up with monkey Lucky because of its pranks]

Baba said :

Someone asked Hafiz what spirituality meant and he answered in one ode:

“Unless you go against your lower self,
you cannot unite with your higher Self.”

Now what is the lower self? That which makes you think you are small, that which makes you feel that you are not satisfied, not happy, that which makes others see you as small.

So, the meaning of going against the lower self is to transform this in quite the opposite direction. Be that which makes you look big and makes others see you as big. Remain pleased and contented, happy and satisfied. When you are displeased, unhappy or upset and moody, it is your lower self asserting itself.

People always put the blame for their dissatisfaction and suffering on others. But the fact is, when one suffers it is one’s own fault. Mansari became excited, she was angry and suffered, and she laid it all on Elizabeth, Norina and Lucky. But if she had gone beyond the lower self, she would have taken it calmly, swallowed it and remained unaffected. If you are firm, nothing will upset you. If you try, you will surely have it.

I do not want any repression, but I do want transformation. I never for one moment say that you must not get angry. Don’t be confused. You must get angry when the occasion arises. But, at once, you must get it out of your head. If you are not hungry, to fast has no meaning.

-www.lordmeher.org, p2143
Sep, 1940; Meherabad

How to experience the pure love

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Baba proceeded to describe how this pure or divine love can be experienced:

Pure love is not something which can be forced upon somebody, nor is it something which can be snatched away from another. It is attained after the aspirant has succeeded in overcoming selfishness, when the false I in him does not exist.

It might be said that [this selfless stage] is difficult to attain and, at the same time, it could also be stated that the state is easy to reach. Paradoxical as these statements might seem, they are nevertheless true.

It is difficult to attain the state of selflessness, as long as the aspirant has not resolved to reach it. In the absence of a firm determination, the external attachments connected with the lower self prove to be too strong to overcome, with the result that the aspirant does not find it possible for him to attain his goal.

On the other hand, if the aspirant with a strong will decides, once and for all, to achieve his aim at any cost, he finds his task easy. For example, you have an old coat which you like very much. You cannot get rid of it, until you make up your mind and boldly take it off to throw it away once and for all. Such bold decision methods make a task easy, which would otherwise be difficult.

Self-renunciation is absolutely essential to experience pure love. This renunciation does not mean that one has to leave all worldly connections and affairs and go off to the jungles. On the contrary, it means remaining in the world and discharging one’s duties faithfully, yet, at the same time, keeping aloof from all attachments. This is not an unattainable ideal, but a practical goal which can be attained with ease, provided, of course, that the aspirant sincerely and boldly resolves to reach it.

Just as a man when very hungry feels the desire for food intensely, similarly, when an aspirant deeply desires to experience pure love, he feels the longing for it, and at the proper time, gets the necessary directions and help from a Master to attain the goal of selflessness.

He is then able to enjoy, finally, the bliss of divine love.

-www.lordmeher.org, p2061
Dec, 1939; Byramangala

What is pure love

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On Sunday evening, 24 December 1939, a lawyer from a rural area, a simple and plain-spoken man, met Baba and quite frankly told Baba in a quiet voice, “I have heard many people talk about love, but I don’t know what love really is.”

Baba asked, “Are you married?”
“Yes.”

“Do you have any children?”
“Yes.”

“Do you love them?”
“Yes, in the ordinary way. But I cannot say that is real love. My object is to have real love, not this worldly affection and attachment. I visited saints, in the hope of experiencing love, but so far have not succeeded in any way.”

Baba praised the man’s longing for true and divine love, and explained:

You must first understand what real love means. Selfish motives, even in what people call love, often deceive them, and they mistake selfish feelings for love.

I will make the point clear with an example. A person talking of love will say, “I love my Beloved. I want my Beloved to be with me,” and so on. In all these expressions of love, the I and “my” are predominant.

Another example: Suppose you find your child running about in tattered clothes and feel unhappy about it. It will pain you, and you will readily feel for him. You will do all in your power to see that he has good clothes and to make the child happy.

On the other hand, if you see someone else’s child in the street in a similar state, would you feel the same and act as readily as you did in the case of your own child?

If not, it shows how your attitude toward your own child is merely a result of your selfish feelings.

Your feelings could be called the outcome of true love only if your attitude toward the unknown child of a stranger in the street were the same as toward your own child, under the same conditions.

Complete absence of selfishness is, therefore, the true characteristic and real test of pure love.

-www.lordmeher.org, p2060
Dec, 1939; Byramangala

The spiritual journey

Be_Happy The spiritual journey does not consist in gaining what a person does not have, but in the dissipation of ignorance concerning himself and life, and the growth of understanding which begins with spiritual awakening. To find God is to come to one’s own self.

- Sparks from Meher Baba, p13

God-Realization and human ego

On April 30th, Jamshed Mehta, the mayor of Karachi, came to see Baba. Baba praised his sincere efforts and sympathetic treatment of the poor and needy, and admired his selfless service in other areas as well. Baba explained to him:

I am very pleased with your sincere work and selfless service, particularly in the cause of the really poor and needy. You render it with a sense of renunciation, even at the cost of sacrificing your own interests. I know all about your activities in the cause of service to others, and they are unique and most praiseworthy. You are sincere and selfless as very few persons in the world in your position could be.

In spite of all these sincere humanitarian efforts in the cause of service to others, God-Realization is far, far away. The ego will not die so easily. It is most difficult for the ego to disappear, and disappear it must before God-Realization is possible.

Even in the noblest aspirants and the sincerest workers for the good of humanity, the thought that “I did this” or “I have done that” exists. Although they might not say this openly to others, the thought persists in their minds. This very thought that “I have done this service” is so destructive that it nullifies all the service rendered and robs it of all value and worth.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1221
Apr, 1931; Karachi

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“Spiritual advancement is a story of a succession of surrenders one after another, until the goal of the final surrender of the separate ego—life is completely achieved. The last surrender is the only complete surrender.”
(Sparks from Meher Baba, p12)

Assertions and conditions in surrender indicate lack of faith

In July of 1936 Baba wrote [as part of His letter to His close Western lovers about their stay at Nasik]:

Whatever happens, you should be firm in your faith and not let the criticism of those who are against you upset you. If you surrender, do not then assert, “Baba must take care of my health … Baba must look after my family … I must not fall ill … I must not die … Members of my family must not die, either.” These assertions would indicate lack of faith — the faith of a disciple in his Master whom he considers to be all-knowing, all-powerful. You can rely on me and leave it to me, but do not make it conditional.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1752
Jul, 1936; Nasik

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“Trust God completely and he will solve all difficulties. Faithfully leave everything to him and he will see to everything.”
(Sparks from Truth, p4)

“Intuition comes from the heart”

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The couple [Michael and Ann Kohanow] agreed, and Baba continued, explaining to them about intuition:

“When you feel something as intuition and have no doubt about it, then know it is real. Passing doubtful thoughts and temporary emotional feelings should not be given importance. But when you feel it touches your heart, follow it. When it is from the mind, it is not intuition. Intuition means that which comes from the heart. In the divine path, first there is intuition, then inspiration, then illumination, and finally Realization.

“If it touches your heart, follow it. And, God willing, from today you will know that if it is intuition it is right. My love will help you and guide you to understand what is right. Love Baba. God wants honest love. He is all honesty and wants honest love. So love Baba. God will help you in your quest for the Truth.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p3072
May, 1952; Myrtle Beach

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