The Relationship with the Master in Spiritual Life – Special precautionary instructions

The Master devotes careful attention to the individual needs of the disciple, and the first thing he does is to protect the disciple from influences that will divert his attention from the path or interfere with his progress. Often the Master requires the disciple to accept some kind of temporary isolation so that his […]

The Relationship with the Master in Spiritual Life – Mental contact

Once the aspirant experiences the bliss of the darshan of a Master, that sight gets carved on his mind. And even when he is unable to establish frequent personal contact, his mind turns to the Master again and again in an effort to understand his significance. This process of establishing mental contact with the […]

The Relationship with the Master in Spiritual Life – Feet of the Master


Like darshan, falling at the feet of a Master also has special value of its own. The feet, which are physically the lowest part of the body, are the highest from the spiritual point of view. Physically, the feet go through everything-good and bad, beautiful and ugly, clean and dirty; yet they remain […]

The Relationship with the Master in Spiritual Life – Value of darshan and sahavas

For an aspirant to see a Perfect Master does not yield its full significance except in the context of all the corresponding happenings of the inner planes of consciousness. The rishis, or sages, attach great importance to having the darshan (contact through sight) of Perfect Masters. For they are the source of the constant […]

The Relationship with the Master in Spiritual Life – People constantly interacting on inner spheres

Those who have even a preliminary acquaintance with the structure and laws of the inner spheres of existence know that complete isolation of human beings is a figment of the imagination. Whether they desire it or not, all persons are constantly acting and interacting upon each other by their very existence, even when they […]

Meaning of surrender (Continued) – “I use the circumstances of everyday life to liberate my devotees”

I am not a writer, so I do not always express myself as well as you might wish. I am not a pedagogue, so I do not tell you in advance what the lesson for tomorrow will be. I am God, the Supreme Liberator, and if you knew what strides you have been making […]

Meaning of surrender – “You must be prepared to follow my instructions implicitly, without caring for the results”

Garrett Fort with Baba

As things tragically turned out, Garrett Fort returned to Hollywood to face years of unemployment and inactivity. He plunged deeply into debt and wrote long letters to Baba detailing his plight. Not finding work was sheer torture for him, and it was deeply frustrating not to be able to earn […]

Balancing of Sanskaras – The importance of implicit and unquestioning obedience to Baba

Returning to the subject of sanskaras, Baba recounted to the women this true story:

There was a man who was a great murderer. In his life, he murdered 99 people. One day he felt very depressed and sick of it all. So he went to a Perfect Master, and frankly and openly […]

Balancing of Sanskaras – “Real freedom can only be obtained when you give up all desires”

On Sunday, 13 October 1940, he explained some more points about sanskaras, after his second typed article had been read out:

Sanskaras must balance perfectly. This cannot be done by a mathematical process, or it would be easy.

Good and bad sanskaras are both bindings. If you […]

Fasting and spiritual value

Baba called all the mandali to the mast ashram (on the hill) at three in the afternoon, and gave this explanation about fasting:

The body will survive for 95 days if one remains only on water. Just as the body feeds on food, so the mind feeds on desires, and […]