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What love means

Journalist: ‘When you speak of love sir, what do you mean when you speak of love?’

Eruch: Baba says: What is love? Here is my Beloved and I love the Beloved. What this love means, is to give up everything — wanting nothing in return. I want to give, make him happy, pleased, even at the cost of my own suffering, my own pleasures. I just want to give, and make him pleased — happy. That is called love. Lover prepared to sacrifice own life for Beloved. The sublimity of love, wanting nothing.

Worldly love, is also love, but some selfish motive; possessive love. The love of world, man for woman, woman for man, is a speck of love, it wants something.

There are degrees of love in Divine Love. Wants union with Beloved, but when that love reaches its zenith, it does not want anything, not even union. No question of possession or wanting. It is giving.

-Practical Spirituality with Meher Baba, p36

Photo: Baba in Australia, 1956.
Source: “Practical Spirituality with Meher Baba”, John Grant

“Carry on your worldly duties but think that Baba is behind everything”

One lover from an out-station told Baba that he wanted to stay for one month at Poona and do Baba’s “Seva” or service.

Baba told him, “What service will you do here? Spreading My message of love is My service.

If you stay here, on the contrary, I will have to do your seva, as I will have to look after your health, food, clothes. etc. Besides in Poona, there are more fellows who can talk about My message of love than there are listeners.

Real value of service is when there is an opposition to it. Your contact with Me brings many difficulties to you. Still, if you hold on to My daaman, it is creditable. When you have no food to eat, no money in your pockets and still you do my service, then it is real service. Your very life should be a standing example to others.

Love should not be external and there should be no show about it. External love means observing silence, fasts, etc. Some sick persons are not allowed food for a long time, but this does not mean they have love for God.

Carry on your worldly duties but think that Baba is behind everything.”

With these words He asked the lover to return to his town and at parting  He said, “Take Me with you. Don’t worry.”

-The Awakener Magazine, 22:1, p66 (narrated by Dr Bharucha)

Don’t brood over lost things

Baba was in the hall by 7:45 A.M. on Saturday, 8 June 1963, and he embraced the newcomers.

A devotee’s luggage was stolen while on his way from Bombay to Poona. He lost practically all his clothes and also some money. Baba teased him, “It is good that you have no family or you would have lost them too!

If you had got lost, it would have been good!

If you do not brood over the loss of your belongings, then you have achieved something.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p5023
June, 1963; Guruprasad

Photo source: https://belovedarchives.org/

“What counts most is Experience and not mere understanding”

Love God to such an extent that you become God! That love could be had through selfless service, but this service should be so sublime that there is not even a single thought of self. What counts most is Experience and not mere understanding. One has to go beyond one’s mind! You can see Reality within you, but for this you have to dive deep within yourself.

-www.lordmeher.org, p4996
May, 1963; Guruprasad

Conviction comes from inner experience

One of the greatest things to possess is faith, which ultimately leads to conviction; and from conviction one day arises realization.

There are no two kinds of faith. Faith is the last thing to be labeled. The only question is whether one has strong faith or weak faith. Some manifest faith only to the point of acknowledging forms and ceremonies, while some go beyond this to seek the kernel and eschew the hull, believing either in the impersonal infinite existence or in the personal infinite existence of one’s own master.

Thus it is only a question of degree of faith. In wholehearted faith, relief will be found from the many sufferings which afflict man. We are already in possession of infinite power and happiness, but it is our way of life which prevents us from enjoying these eternal treasures of God. Faith can provide a key to attain them.

Eventually, faith must give way to conviction, for after all, faith is only faith. There are two kinds of experience—external and internal. External experience can result through the gross media. What we actually see of the gross world with our gross eyes gives us conviction of a sort, but there are occasions when even this conviction is based on incorrect analysis.

Thus, if we see a man drinking milk from a bottle under a toddy tree, we assume unconsciously that he is drinking toddy, which is incorrect. What is seen with the inner eye gives absolute conviction and can never be false. Such is the case, for example, when one sees with the inner eye that God is the Infinite Existence.

Therefore what is really needed to give eternal conviction is not mere theorizing or reasoning, or even faith, but actual (inner) experience.

-Listen Humanity, p184

Seek His grace

Above all else, be content with your lot, rich or poor, happy or miserable. Understand that God has designed it for your own good, and be resigned to His will.

Remember the present in the frame of the past and the future. You eternally were and always will be. You have had innumerable forms as man and woman, beautiful and ugly, strong and weak, healthy and sickly, powerful and helpless, and now you are here again in another form.

Until you gain spiritual freedom you will be invested with many such forms, so why seek temporary relief now which would only result in further bindings later? Do not ask God for money, fame, power, health, or children, but seek His grace and it will lead you to eternal bliss.

-Listen Humanity, p184

Be natural

Simplicity and all it implies is another great aid in the development of human love. Simplicity springs from humility, and humility is often confused with modesty. Modesty is weakness, but humility is strength. Therefore a world of difference separates the two. The moment you say, “I say in all humility—” the very use of the expression betrays your ego. Even though you believe that you are being humble, you are expressing your egotism.

The difficulty is not resolved even if you try with true honesty to express true humility. Inevitably, obstacles arise, such as the thought of what others may think of your expression of humility. No sooner is humility given expression than it is no longer humility. It is nonsense to give deliberate expression to humility. A life of humility is lived spontaneously, and should not give rise to thoughts of either humility or modesty.

As an example, suppose you start to clean a latrine, but you cannot help noting the smell. A janitor that has cleaned them all his life remains unaffected. The person who parades humility is like the one who notes the smell while cleaning a latrine. The person who lives the life of humility is like the sweeper who is immune to the odor and completely unworried about what others think of him. He actually lives the life of a janitor.

To have to try to be humble is also nonsense. You must be so natural that your life becomes humility personified, which means all strength freed from all weakness.

So, whatever you are, express it unmindful of public opinion and the reaction of others. Be natural. If you are dishonest, do not try to hide yourself behind the curtain of honesty. This does not mean though that you should be dishonest.

-Listen Humanity, p183

Honesty – one of the most effective means for relief of the suffering

 

There is no more ready means by which the first outlines of the inner self can be known than through complete honesty. Honesty with one’s fellow beings is the beginning step; from this there cannot help but come honesty with oneself.

To be honest is certainly not easy, for never has dishonesty and hypocrisy been so rampant in the world as today. If the least hypocrisy creeps into one’s thoughts, words, or deeds, God, who is the innermost Self in us all, keeps Himself hidden.

Hypocrisy is a million-headed cobra. Today there are so-called saints in the world who tell people to be honest and not hypocritical, yet they themselves are deeply involved in dishonesty. If you cannot love God and lead saintly lives, then at least do not make a pretense of it. The worst scoundrel is better than a hypocritical saint.

Honesty is not only a light on the inner path, it is also one of the most effective means for relief of the suffering which afflicts all—man or woman, rich or poor, great or small. Relief from all kinds of suffering is within ourselves if, in all circumstances and in every walk of life, we try to think honestly, act honestly, and live honestly.

-Listen Humanity, p183

The most practical thing in the world


The most practical thing in the world is to be spiritually minded.
It needs no special time, place, or circumstance.
It is not necessarily concerned with anything out of the ordinary daily routine.
It is never too early or too late to be spiritual.

It is just a simple question of having the proper mental attitude towards:
lasting value,
changing circumstance, and
avoidable eventualities, as well as
a healthy sense of the inevitable.

Spirituality is not restricted to, nor can it be restricted by, anyone or anything, anywhere, at any time.
It covers all life for all time, and it can easily be achieved through selfless service and that pure love which knows no bondage and seeks no boundary.

-Listen Humanity, p182

“Religion as a living force has become obsolete”

What is wrong with the world today? Such questions are bound to arise in thinking minds, but often the answers given are not completely honest. Diagnoses given and remedies adopted have all been biased and so the situation remains vague and unresolved.

The crux of the matter lies in the correct reinterpretation of the ancient word “religion”. The West has very little religion, and whenever one hears of it, it is either subservient to politics or at best an adjunct of material life. The East is suffering from an overdose of religion, and consequently it hankers desperately for a material antidote.

Religion in the West is synonymous with scientific progress, which is distinctive in its manifestation. Religion in the East, and in India in particular, has gone underground and been replaced largely by crude ceremonies, vague rituals, and lifeless dogmas. Instead of nourishing the seeds of peace and plenty, this subterranean religion tries to propagate communism, fanaticism, nationalism, and patriotism, which have now become bywords associated with leadership and greatness, suffering and sanctity. In short, religion as a living force has become obsolete.

The urgent need of today to resuscitate religion is to dig it out of its narrow, dark vault and let the spirit of man shine out once again in its pristine glory.

-Listen Humanity, p182