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"The body is to the soul as the waste material is to the food."

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Afterwards, he was driven to the Parsi bangli, where he had the car stopped outside. Baba remained seated in the car as the body [of  Papa Jessawala] was taken in a procession to the Tower of Silence. After watching the procession for a few minutes, Baba remarked, “The work is completed.”

He then asked Eruch, “What happens after you eat?”

Eruch said, “You digest your food and then defecate the waste.”

Baba explained, “The body is to the soul as the waste material is to the food. The body eventually becomes the feces of the soul. How do you feel after you go to the toilet?”

“Relieved and happy.”

“The soul, too, feels happy and relieved to be free of the body. That is how one should feel about anyone’s death.”

—www.lordmeher.org, p4551
May, 1959; Poona

“Your ignorance is my suffering”

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As usual, Baba came into the living room of Guruprasad at 7:00 A.M. Before going into the hall he was busy attending to correspondence and other day-to-day details of his work. At 8:30 A.M. everyone was summoned inside, including Marvin and Jeannie Campen. They had flown to India from Switzerland, and Marvin placed a music box, shaped like a Swiss chalet, at Baba’s feet. When opened, it played Baba’s favorite tune “Begin the Beguine,” and Baba listened to it happily.

Baba was in a communicative mood and stated:

The First Song of the Infinite is the beginning of creation. It brings about the apparent descent of the Infinite into the domain of multiple duality. Duality implies unending sufferings.

I am eternally happy, for I know that I am the Infinite One. I alone exist, there is nothing besides me, all else is illusion. Simultaneously, I suffer eternally.

As myself, I am free, but in you, as you, I get myself bound. I knowingly suffer through you to make you free from bindings. This is my crucifixion. Your experience of suffering is because of sheer ignorance. Your ignorance is my suffering.

-www.lordmeher.org, p4547
May, 1959; Guruprasad

"God takes human form to suffer for his creation"

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Again and again, God takes human form to suffer for his creation. I am that One. Like you, I have a body and mind, and so I feel hunger and thirst, heat and cold, et cetera. But I also have the Universal Body and Universal Mind and, therefore, your individual suffering is nothing compared to my eternal, infinite universal suffering! I have infinite knowledge. I do not have to use my mind in order to know — I just know! I do use my infinite knowledge. But, although I have infinite bliss and infinite power, I do not use them. Were I to make use of the bliss that is at my beck and call, how could my suffering be suffering? And of what benefit would it be to mankind? I also do not use my infinite power. Were I to use it, how would I remain helpless? I remain infinitely helpless because, while having infinite power at my command, I do not use it. I shall use it only when I break my silence to give a universal spiritual awakening. And when I drop this body, I shall use my bliss for 700 years until my next advent.

Hold fast to me so that I will take you where I go; otherwise, you will be lost. I am the Emperor. If you belong to me, you will have access to the infinite treasure that is mine! But if, instead, you go after the guards and servants of the palace (saints and sadhus), it is sheer folly on your part!

I suffer mentally and physically. My mental suffering is more intense. I suffer spiritually because I see and feel myself bound in you by your ignorance, and so I suffer.

Blessed is he who holds on firmly to my daaman! In no previous Avataric period have I disclosed these secrets, because the time was not right for it then. At present, science has advanced by leaps and bounds, the anti-God element is also at its maximum, and so why should not spirituality also be at its maximum?

-www.lordmeher.org, p4897
Dec, 1962; Meherazad

“Why and how can I suffer when I am the Ocean of Power, Knowledge and Bliss?”

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…Why and how can I suffer when I am the Ocean of Power, Knowledge and Bliss? God has infinite power, infinite knowledge, infinite bliss. The Avatar is God Himself incarnate on earth as man. During his ministry as the Avatar, he uses only infinite knowledge. He does not make use of his infinite power and infinite bliss. This is because God incarnates as man and goes through universal suffering and helplessness in order to emancipate mankind from its ignorance of its own suffering and helplessness.

If the Avatar were to use his infinite power, how could he experience helplessness? If the Avatar were to use his infinite bliss, how could he suffer? Therefore, he does not use either his infinite bliss or his infinite power. Such is his infinite love and compassion for creation!

Jesus Christ, who had infinite power, let himself become helpless and suffered the humiliation of letting the people beat him, spit on him and jeer at him. He suffered crucifixion on the cross, but he did not help himself with the power and bliss that were his. Instead, he cried out: “Father, why hast Thou forsaken me?” He said it to himself, of course, for he was one with God the Father.

-www.lordmeher.org, p4897
Dec, 1962; Meherazad

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“You have no idea how I suffer. Everything in the universe comes to me.” (www.lordmeher.org, p4013)

Avatar’s all-knowingness and compassion, An Instance

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V. R. Bade, an attorney from Pathardi, came for darshan. He wanted to stay in Poona for some time so that he would be able to have Baba’s darshan daily, but his finances did not permit it. He began thinking that only the rich can be near Baba, not the poor. When Bade approached him, Baba stated, “I want you to come to me daily for two weeks. Would you do it?”

“Assuredly, Baba. I was thinking the same and certainly will come.”

“How will you manage it?”

“Somehow,” Bade replied.

“I am arranging for your expenses for two weeks through someone. Accept the money without offering any thanks. When you can, repay him.” Bade accepted the proposal with tears in his eyes. He repented for his thoughts and received firsthand experience of the Avatar’s all-knowingness and compassion.

—www.lordmeher.org, p4543
May, 1959; Guruprasad

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“People give their life for their families, their friends, for their country and nation; but to give it for my cause is an absolutely different matter.” (www.lordmeher.org, p3442)

"My proximity, the intimacy with me, just change that mass of sanskaras"

 Baba at Meher Mount, Aug, 1956

Continuing, Baba explained, “Another point. As you all become more intimate with me, with opportunities to come closer to me, all that is good and all that is bad within you comes out in sparks, as it were. All the impressions of the past, the accumulation of past sanskaras of all illusory things, which include both good and bad, come out. My proximity, the intimacy with me, just change that mass of sanskaras and sometimes you find sparks of good and bad flying out.”

– Aug 1956;  California
www.lordmeher.org, p4069

“I bring out weaknesses because I love you. Be honest; weaknesses are there. You should not be afraid of them. You should be afraid of dishonesty. Who doesn’t get bad thoughts? They are the foundation of life. No house can stand without its foundation.” [LM First Ed, p4283]

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"All that I ask of you is to love me most and obey me at all times."

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I am God – God the Beyond. I draw you ever closer to me by giving you frequent occasions of my close companionship. But too much familiarity often makes you forget that I am God in human form.

I know all that happens and will happen. In fact, anything that happens, happens not without my will. Knowingly, I allow things to happen in their natural course.

All that I ask of you is to love me most and obey me at all times. Knowing that it is impossible to obey me as you should, I help you to carry out wholeheartedly my instructions by frequently bringing home to you the importance of obedience.

Now listen very carefully to what I say.

Baba then repeated what he had told Deshmukh about wanting what he wanted. He concluded by stating:

I know it is not easy to want what I want; it is almost impossible. However, I want you to try your utmost to put your heart and soul into carrying out anything that I may want you to do. Only intense love for me can lead you to obey me as I want.

-May, 1959; Guruprasad
www.lordmeher.org, p4544

 

“Awake Dream State to Real Awake State”

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Baba then gave a discourse entitled, Awake Dream State to Real Awake State  (originally printed in The Everything and The Nothing) and ended by stating:

The law of karma is impartial and inexorable. It knows no concessions, gives no preferences, makes no exceptions. It dispenses justice. By the divine law you are shielded from remembrance of past lives, for it would not help you in living your present life but would make it infinitely more complicated and confusing.

For me Past  does not exist. I live in the Eternal Present.

I clearly see your former lives, with all your intimate and intricate relationships with so many individuals. Your various reactions to others, seen in the context of your mutual [karmic] connections in previous lives, serves as a mighty joke to me and helps to ease my burden of suffering.

The life of everything and everyone is an open book to me. It is like a film show that I enjoy at my own cost. I am the sole Producer of this ever-changing and never-ending film called the universe, wherein I become you in your awake dream state in order to awaken you to the Real Awake State. When you experience this state, you will realize the nothingness of what was your awake dream state which you experience now. This needs my grace. When my grace descends, it makes you me.

—www.lordmeher.org , p4547

 

“Who weeps for love, he weeps the best”

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Once, an old lady, completely bent at right angles at her waist came in. She would put her hand on her forehead to avoid the glare on her eyes so that she could see Baba in the crypt. When asked whether she could see Baba, she just shook her head in the negative. She seemed to have got hypermature cataracts in both eyes! She was led to the landing of the crypt and only after she had sat down there and a torch light focussed on Baba’s face, could she see Him.

It was then that Eruch told us that she was Valu, an old and faithful devotee of Baba from the early twenties. She was very dear to Baba and though she could not see Baba well, Baba saw her and acknowledged her long, sincere, unselfish and loving services for the Avatar of the Age. Tears came into her eyes as she remembered the years she had spent with Baba. They were tears of love.

Who weeps for love, he weeps the best;
Who cries for else, he does but jest.*

Meher Baba’s Last Sahavas, Bharucha,  p42

*Composed by Meher Baba, 8 January 1928

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The Amartithi: “To Live Eternally In The Hearts of All His Lovers”

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“Since eternity! I never come and I never go. I am present everywhere. Isn’t it wonderful that I never leave?”

… Now, Eruch reminded Mani about it. “Where is the record, Begin The Beguine, and the gramophone?” he asked. “We have to take it with us to Meherabad.” Mani looked at him and thought he had gone mad. “How could he think of music at a time like this?!” Eruch explained, “Baba has told us that, at the end, when he drops his body, this song has to be played.”

Mani thought, where can it be? And then she remembered that it was handy. “I played it in Baba’s room, in the hall, in the cabin [on Meherabad Hill], and sometimes in the samadhi ~ all together at least seven times [as per Baba’s instructions] .”

… Eruch wanted Mani to take a few feet of film also, as Baba’s body was being taken to the hall. Mani again questioned, “How can Eruch think like this now, with Mehera in her condition and Baba gone? Films? At a time like this? Poor Eruch, he’s gone off the deep end*.”

… The telegram sent from Adi’s office to all centers and lovers throughout the world read:

AVATAR MEHER BABA DROPPED HIS PHYSICAL BODY AT TWELVE NOON 3 1 IANUARY

TO LIVE ETERNALLY IN THE HEARTS OF ALL HIS LOVERS.

–“Mehera Meher”, p485

*[Thanks for the thoughtfulness of dear Eruch and Mani, that we are able to see the film of our Baba’s entombment: http://www.jaibaba.com/]