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“Remember to always take my name when anything untoward is about to happen.”

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On the first day of the sahavas, November 4th 1955, along the way from Meherazad to Meherabad, Baba picked up Meherjee Satha at Akbar Press. As the car wended its way to Meherabad, suddenly a buffalo turned in front of them, and Eruch hit the brakes. The car swerved and was narrowly saved from plunging into a ditch by the side of the road.

Baba asked, “Who took my name?”

Eruch said, “I was speaking with you so, for me, there was no question of taking your name.”

Kaka Baria said his attention was focussed on looking after Baba’s personal belongings, and Meherjee Satha replied that since he was travelling in the same car as Baba, there was no need for him to repeat his name.

Baba reminded him, “Remember to always take my name when anything untoward is about to happen.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p4662
Nov, 1955; Meherazad-to-Meherabad

 

The significance of Baba’s birth in Zoroastrian family and of having the two principal Masters

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 A few weeks later, Baba explained:

… Every Master has at least one Master. In my case, I had two [principal ones] — one a Mohammedan and the other a Hindu.

Now the reason why I had two gurus. I was born in an Irani [Zoroastrian] family. This taking birth in a certain family and community, etc. is due to previous sanskaras. The sanskaras of a Zoroastrian are equal to those of a Hindu plus those of a Mohammedan. (Maharaj has also said so and we shall see why.)

For instance, a Hindu who believes in the existence of only one God, in spite of so many deva-devis and other higher powers mentioned in Hindu Shastras and scriptures — if he is not Realized in that birth, his next birth will be in a Mohammedan family, as Mohammedans staunchly believe in the existence of one God and His Prophet.

Then again, a Hindu who is fond of eating meat, and argues the doctrines of Hindu scriptures in that connection — Why should meat be prohibited and vegetarian food forced upon Hindus? — and begins to partake of non-vegetarian food and spend time outside his community, he too will collect those sanskaras, which will give him birth in a Mohammedan family in his next life.

Now let us see how the sanskaras of a Zoroastrian are equal to those of a Hindu and a Mohammedan. Zoroastrians believe, respect and pay reverence to fire and the sun, both of which are also considered sacred elements amongst Hindus — hence Hindu sanskaras. But in spite of the Zoroastrian’s belief, honor and reverence for the elements of Nature, a Zoroastrian is a staunch believer in the existence of one Ahuramazda as the Creator of all universes — just the same as held by Mohammedans — hence Mohammedan sanskaras. Therefore, a Zoroastrian has the sanskaras of both a Hindu and a Mohammedan.

It means that, at this time, it was necessary that the Master should be manifested in this Zoroastrian form, whose sanskaras are a mixture of Mohammedan and Hindu ones. And to “drive away” both types sanskaras, two Masters were required — one a Hindu and the other a Mohammedan.

-www.lordmeher.org, p653

The interpretations in religious scriptures

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On the 12th, Baba allowed a Christian minister on board to meet him. The minister was reading Rom Landau’s book, God Is My Adventure, and pointed out a chapter about Baba in it. [Here is an extract of the exchange that took place between the priest and Baba]:

… “It is the disciples and followers who, after the death of the Prophet, present their teachings to the world according to their own impressions and understanding. These interpretations of the followers invariably vary, sometimes quite contrary to the spirit of their Master’s teachings.”

“If a lecturer speaks today before a gathering of 500, and the same subject is repeated by the 500 listeners to others, there would be 500 different interpretations — some never dreamed of by the speaker! So what about the teachings of Masters like Jesus interpreted after him perhaps a thousand times through different interpreters in the past. The original thought is sometimes lost sight of — or made irrelevant — but yet each clings to his own different interpretation as the original.

… “Thus it is that there are always quarrels between fanatic followers of different religions over words and explanations that the Prophets never uttered, but were written in the holy scriptures by over-enthusiastic disciples and priests, which quite naturally creates a revolt in the minds of others.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p1881
November, 1937; Aboard TMS Circassia

Only heartfelt remembrance reaches God – Part 2 (final)

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For example, take a long distance telephone station. Other telephones are connected to it and the desired connection is given immediately upon dialing. In the same way, the Qutub is humanity’s central main station; and if one remembers him sincerely and wholeheartedly, from however long a distance, one’s cry is heard and the connection is made. There is no question of distance here. The Qutub is the center, the focal point equidistant from one and all in creation. And he, as this center, serves the purpose not only for this world or universe, but for the three worlds and their various levels and planes.

But how is it possible that all prayers are heard at one and the same time? How is it that the prayers and calls of millions of persons bring immediate connection with the Qutub? The answer is simple. What is a Qutub? The ruler of infinite and unlimited powers! To him there is no question of one or twenty-one, a thousand, or a hundred thousand, or millions and billions. Everyone is equal in his eyes. But your call should be from the innermost depths of your heart. It will then reach his ears irrespective of distance or traffic on the line.

All prayers and sounds are a mere show if they do not originate from the heart. If not, then such prayers, however loud and however long, are quite meaningless. But compared to this, offering hired prayers through Brahmins, Dasturs, Maulvis and priests is much worse. It is nothing short of sheer hypocrisy.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1042
July, 1929; Dhulia

Only heartfelt remembrance reaches God – Part 1

In Dhulia, a Brahmin priest lived in a room adjoining the mandali’s. Every morning he would get up early and loudly chant Hindu shlokas (verses) from the Shastras (Scriptures). The mandali were complaining about him in front of Baba on Sunday, 14 July 1929, and Baba observed:

Everywhere in the world, in the name of prayer and worship, this sort of useless babbling is going on. Nothing is gained by it; it has no substance. Those who practice it derive nothing from it. Do they for a minute think that loud noises can bring results? For years on end, it has been happening, and it will go on for years to come. For ages, the Brahmins, the Maulvis, the Dasturs and the priests have been muttering hired prayers, and they are actually paid for such drivel! But not the slightest advantage has been gained by anyone as a result.

The reason is that none of them does it sincerely or wholeheartedly. Their prayers are nothing more than the vocal cord’s useless prattle with no heart or feeling in it. Their minds’ intellect, attention and thoughts wander here and there, and this idle mumbo jumbo goes on. If it is done with a clear mind and with all sincerity, one’s prayers reach straight to God. God wants honesty and an open heart – not an outward show of meaningless chatter.

From any corner of the world, heartfelt remembrance of God, even by the worst sinner or the most worthless and lowest person, immediately reaches God’s ears. I am deaf to the sound of that Brahmin priest’s chanting, though it is so near. I cannot hear it because it does not touch me. It has no effect upon me. Any type of loud, insincere prayer from any quarter leaves us Masters unmoved because it is only noise and carries no heart. Such dry flat prayers, however loud or lengthy, or done over a long period of years, have no effect on us Masters.

Instead, if anyone prays to God, to me, purely and honestly, from however far away and however slowly or softly, I, as God, immediately hear it and a connection is established.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1042
July, 1929; Dhulia

 

“To break the backbone of the material aspect of the Machine Age”

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While driving to Meherabad (on 5 February 1959), Baba referred to his two accidents*. Baba revealed their purpose when he stated to Eruch:

“I got my physical bones broken so as to break the backbone of the material aspect of the Machine Age, keeping intact its spiritual aspect.”

 –www.lordmeher.org, p4487

* Today is the 60th anniversary of Satara accident (2 December 1956)

Distinction between Maya and Sanskaras

 

Baba then distinguished between Maya and sanskaras:

Suppose you are assailed by anger, lust and greed or any bad emotion or feeling. This is Maya’s work. But suppose you feel hungry, thirsty or sleepy, which is due to sanskaras. If you eat, drink and engage in innocent enjoyment, it is not wrong because these are necessary to life. But if you become overpowered with any bad attacks from Maya, then you have to drive them away, saying, “Go away! Get the hell out! There is nothing for you here.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p686
Jun, 1926; Meherabad

“The mind must be kept engaged in service to others”

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Most of the mandali at this time were young men, and Baba spent two hours that day explaining to them about the enormous increase in sanskaras acquired through immoral acts.

 He continued:

Hence, bad thoughts should not be entertained. The mind must be kept engaged in service to others done with love and devotion. The spending of sanskaras in this way is beneficial, not by indulging in impure actions. Rain does a lot of good, but it should rain in the right way. Otherwise, untimely showers (like what we had earlier today), instead of bringing about prosperity, cause damage to crops and even to human life through floods.

-www.lordmeher.org, p636
Feb, 1926; Meherabad

“You love yourself more than you love God” (Final)

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(Continued from previous post)

So be completely indifferent to it and it will disappear. The solution is to love God as He should be loved. Love for God alone counts.

-www.lordmeher.org, p4482
Jan, 1959; Guruprasad

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Baba’s love is with his lovers always, helping and guiding them. And they should keep their love for him alive and aglow, by making him their constant companion in all their thoughts, words and actions, while carrying on their responsibilities, commitments and all other apparently necessary things of this world, though these have no foundation of their own in the domain of Reality.
(Life At Its Best, p63)

"You love yourself more than you love God"

One of the reporters remarked, “Although one makes a determined beginning, one’s enthusiasm slowly wanes when there seems nothing to show for the efforts, and this is followed by a feeling of mental depression.”

Baba answered:

Yes, this is quite common. Whatever the efforts you make, whatever the failures that seem to result, whatever the despair that follows, all have their roots in the fact that you love yourself more than you love God. In loving yourself as wholeheartedly as you should have loved God, failures and despair stand up prominently before you. This is quite natural.

Therefore, do not let the fact of your depression depress you. Have you given thought as to where this depression was prior to its appearance? It has emerged unasked, and as such, it must vanish. Your forced efforts to overcome it will only imprint itself all the more on your mind and create further binding.

-www.lordmeher.org, p4482
Jan, 1959; Guruprasad