New Life – Standing order for all who accompany Baba

Mandali Hall, Meherabad

[From today we will have some anecdotes, important messages, etc., from Beloved Baba’s New Life]


If you accompany Baba, you will have to obey certain general standing orders at all times.

These are:

1. You will not touch women.

2. You will not touch money, and you will not accept money from anyone or give it to anyone — even to Baba.

3. You will not discuss politics.

4. You will not express anger by word or deed to anyone, whatever the provocation, and you will not criticize anyone unfairly, either to their face or behind their back. Although you may at times feel anger in your mind, you must never express it by word or deed.

5. Without Baba’s permission, you will not go anywhere for any purpose, except for bathing, for drinking water and for calls of nature.

6. Without Baba’s permission, you will not eat any food or drink anything except water at any place at all. If, however, you are offered food or clothing, you may accept them, but must give them to Baba at the earliest opportunity.

7. You will tell no lies. Everything will be frank, clear and open. There will, for example, be no evasion of the truth if you are asked who you are, or who Baba is.

8. Neither Baba nor you will accept homage from anyone, nor will you deliberately create circumstances that might invite homage to Baba or to you. If, however, without your having invited it, homage is given to Baba or to you, it must be repaid, action for action, to the giver. Should Baba place his head on your feet or wash your feet, et cetera, this will be an order, and should neither be repaid nor considered as homage., p2761
31 August 1949; Meherabad Mandali Hall


“This New Life is endless”

Beloved Baba carrying begging bowl at Dr Nath’s house, Benares during New Life

[Beloved Baba started New Life on 16 Oct, 1949. Here is the eternal message given by Beloved Baba which brings out the spirit of the New Life.]

This New Life is endless,
and even after my physical death will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of falsehood, lies, hatred, anger, greed and lust,
and who, to accomplish all this, do no lustful actions,
do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material possessions or power,
who accept no homage, neither covet honor, nor shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing;
by those who rely wholly and solely on God,
and who love God purely for the sake of loving,
who believe in the lovers of God and in the reality of Manifestation,
and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward,
who do not let go the hand of Truth,
and who, without being upset by calamities, bravely and wholeheartedly face all hardships with one hundred percent cheerfulness,
and give no importance to caste, creed and religious ceremonies.
This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it., p2882
20 February 1950; Dehra Dun

Listen to the New Life song composed by Baba and Ghani –

The best way to control the mind

Shiv Charan Singh of Batala had come to the meeting with his son, Air Force Commander Jasbir Singh. He asked, “Baba, please show me the way to control the mind.”

“The best way for it is to remember me wholeheartedly four times a day – at 7 A.M., at noon, at 5 P.M. and before sleeping at night.

If you stick to these timings, your mind will be so changed that you will even forget your mind!”, p3630
Sept, 1954; Meherabad (The Three Incredible Weeks)

“There is a spiritual force in my words which is of great help to the sincere aspirant”

When Don returned to America, he dug out Deshmukh’s five-volume edited version of Baba’s Discourses. He was struck by the tremendous meaning and pungency of virtually every sentence.

Now, back in India again, Don had been so impressed by what he had been reading in the Discourses that he brought up the subject with Baba, saying, “Baba, I have fulfilled my promise. I went back and re-read the Discourses and think they are absolutely terrific.

“In fact, I have the feeling that God Speaks and these Discourses will probably be the basic books — virtually a Bible — given out by you for the young people.

Baba said, “Yes, there is a force, a spiritual force, in my words which is of great help to the sincere aspirant. So you should work with them and strongly encourage others to work with and read Baba’s words.”

Don Stevens continued, “But in reading the Discourses, I did notice that the style is more Indian-English than American-English. At times, it is a bit awkward, and I had to spend time unconsciously re-inverting sentences to understand their meaning. I think you should get someone to reedit them into accepted Western style… Baba, would you entrust that editing job to me?”

Baba agreed.

After Don had worked several months on the Discourses, on a subsequent visit to Meherazad, Baba asked him how the work was progressing. As sometimes happens in any project, Don was apparently at a low ebb in his vitality, and without thinking he blurted out, “Almost finished now, Baba, but I don’t know how much good all this work will do.”

Baba looked surprised by his comment and made his accustomed gesture for Don to continue his thought. “Well, I hear so many people say that words, if anything, obscure Truth, and the mind finally cannot grasp Truth.

Even some of the people who love you most dearly say that even Baba’s words can well be left aside in the pursuit of God-realization.”

“People say that about Baba’s own words?” he almost exploded, he was so angry.

Don nodded mutely, “Yes.”

Quite upset, Baba continued gesturing rapidly, which Eruch interpreted:

“You must understand that whenever Baba gives out words for his lovers to use and read, he attaches a spiritual energy to them — something like an atomic spiritual bomb! Then, when one reads those words, even if he does not understand even one word of what he reads, a part of the spiritual energy will be absorbed by that person. And this energy will be very important for that person in his spiritual progress.”

Baba concluded, “It is your duty, Don, to tell people what Baba has said, and to tell them to work with and read Baba’s words, as this will be a great help in their spiritual ongoing.”

Extracted from:, p5098-5100
Nov, 1964; Meherazad

Sadguru burns up the sanskaras

I say, therefore: Will [control] your mind; lead a pure, clean, and virtuous life; remove low desires; follow One who has realized God; and then you are saved. “Following” in this sense does not mean giving up your own creed or religion. The mind is to be renounced!

If you try to set green grass on fire, it will not burn. But if you set a match to a haystack, it will immediately catch fire and burn to ash. The haystack symbolizes the accumulation of sanskaras. In order for green grass to dry, it has to be kept near a fire. This means that in order to destroy one’s sanskaras, a person should stay with a Sadguru in whom the divine knowledge is always burning. In his contact and company, sanskaras accumulate but also dry. Finally, with the flame of his grace, he sets fire to and uproots all one’s sanskaras. Even red sanskaras of lust and anger, which are the fastest growing and most deeply rooted, are nothing to worry about if you have contact with a Sadguru. , p681
June, 1926; Meherabad

Love, pure and steadfast

One day Baba explained at length about creation, rebirth and God-realization. He ended by stating:

Let these matters not be a headache to you. All this is only by way of explanation. Don’t rack your brains over it. Love is supreme and only love counts. However much you read, hear or understand about spirituality, it does not lead you to Knowledge. Knowledge is a totally different thing and it can only be gained through love — love, pure and steadfast. , p1268
September, 1931; Devonshire


Baba removes our ‘dirt’ like a laundryman


Meanwhile Baba had assigned different duties to Jal Kerawalla, among them being to find a good boy and bring him to Baba. Jal would daily bring one boy after another, all of whom Baba would feed and give new clothes to, and then return to Jal. This saddened Jal, who thought himself a failure in meeting Baba’s requirements. He had no idea that Baba’s work was something quite different, which he was doing while feeding and clothing the boys. Once, when questioned about the work done with the various types of boys who had come to him, Baba remarked, “Through them I am working with the youth of the future.”

On the 5th, Baba repeated to Jal what he had earlier told Keki:

“Always remain detached toward results. The result of something may be good or bad, but you should be detached from both. Like Ramakrishna, dedicate everything to your Master.

Let not the dirt of the sanskaras of your thoughts and deeds touch you, by surrendering every thought and act at the feet of your guru. As a dhobi [laundryman] washes and cleanses clothes, in the same way, I remove all the dirt which has stuck to you through your thoughts and actions.

Just continue doing as I say. If you put in your best efforts, there is no cause to worry…” , p1973
May, 1939; Blue Bus tours

Difference between Avatar and Perfect Masters roles

Baba gave the following explanation to the mandali about the difference between the Avatar and the Perfect Masters:

Every God-Realized personality is perfect. However, those who come down and act as Masters – the Sadgurus and Avatar – come down with their minds universal and use divine powers to work for others. There is a place, Vidnyan Bhumika, where the Masters work and rest. It is similar to a threshold in between two places, where they can manage works both for the higher and lower worlds. One aspect is the preparation of souls from the lower world and the deliverance of them to the higher world, eventually realizing them. The Masters come down with the special purpose of bringing ripe souls to the highest state.

When the Perfect Masters come down with this duty to the world and work every day with the people of the world, they descend with universal mind. Through the universal mind, they take upon themselves the sins (bad sanskaras) of the ripe souls and thereby suffer themselves. They experience bliss through the soul and suffering through the mind. They enjoy the bliss through the soul, which is one with the Almighty, and bear the universal suffering through their universal mind.

The one who manifests as the Avatar has to give a spiritual push to the whole world. This is greater than the circle preparation work which all Sadgurus have to perform. This great push is the main difference in their duties.

Besides this difference, the Avatar is always perfect in all respects, spiritually as well as materially, and in particular, physically. The Avatar always has a charming personality with a beautiful, symmetrical face and body, while the Perfect Masters are generally of odd size and shape physically, with certain defects sometimes so abhorrent that one does not even like to look at them.

Christ, Muhammad, Zarathustra, Buddha, Ram and Krishna were Avatars and hence had charming personalities. So is mine., p1125
December, 1929; Nasik

Importance of steady mind and being one-pointed

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., p1126
December, 1929; Nasik

Don’t engage mind in worry

Although Gadekar had passed his exams, he was worried about his further studies. On the night of 5 June, Baba advised Gadekar,

“Due to worry, this universe came into being. And now man is unable to realize his own Real Self due to engaging his mind in worry. I advise you to be at peace and remain quiet in the face of any agitation, any worry and any calamity. Do not allow such thoughts to enter your mind, but push them toward me, saying, ‘Go to Baba!’ If you follow my advice, things will turn out fine.”, p671
June, 1926; Meherabad