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The three things that always hinder Truth – temptation, vagueness and dishonesty

To Ivy Duce and Francis Brabazon, Baba stated in private:

… There are three things that always hinder Truth.

First is temptation. Very, very few persons can overcome temptation – temptation of money, fame, power, lust and leadership are disastrous, very binding, and very few escape it.

Second, vagueness about things;

And third, dishonesty.

-www.lordmeher.org, p3074
May, 1952; Myrtle Beach

Continents and their role in spiritual evolution

A person has to pass through three stages before Realization – evolution, reincarnation and advancement on the path. From stone to animal to human form is evolution; this is the first stage. With the human form, evolution ends and the cycle of rebirth begins; this is the second stage. The third stage is involution through the spiritual planes.

In Africa there is a full swing of evolution, as all types of animals, plants and metals are found there. In Europe and America, reincarnation is intensified with numerous people taking birth after birth entangled together. In Asia there is spiritual progress and advancement on the path. That is why saints and Masters are found in the East, particularly India.
-www.lordmeher.org, p1147
March, 1930; Mysore

What punishment is meted out to those who break the laws of God?

 

… They reached Visapur railway station, where Baba distributed sweets to the children and then to the teachers and mandali. They went to see the Water Tank which was under construction by the prisoners of the Visapur Central Prison. Watching the hard labors of the convicts, the Master remarked:

“How these prisoners are suffering untold hardships and privations! They are kept away from society because they have broken the law of the land. But what punishment is meted out to those who break the laws of God? Can you imagine their fate? The best way to save oneself from breaking divine law is to surrender completely to a Perfect Master and literally follow his instructions to the letter.”

The group was greatly affected by his compassion even for hardened criminals.

-www.lordmeher.org, p586
May, 1925; Visapur

“The more you indulge in maya, the more you want to get involved in it.”

Afterwards the discussion drifted to the workings of maya. At one point, Baba explained,

“Maya can be compared to ringworm on one’s skin. The more you scratch, the more you want to scratch and the more pained and miserable you become. In the same way, the more you indulge in maya, the more you want to get involved in it and one becomes all the more pained and miserable.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p4956
Apr, 1963; Guruprasad

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“Know once and for all, as long as you hold fast to my daaman, you are priceless.
But if you let go, you have no worth, no value at all. So beware, and hold on to my  daaman until the very end.”
(Is That So. p47)

Maya awaits the opportunity to use your weaknesses

Knowing my love for you, Maya awaits the opportunity to use your weaknesses. The moment you neglect my instructions, Maya’s purpose is served. I have to put up a big fight with Maya – not to destroy it, but to make you aware of its nothingness.  The moment you fail to obey me implicitly, it tightens its grip over you and you fail to carry out the duties assigned to you.

In God there is no such thing as confusion: God is infinite bliss and honesty. In illusion there is misery, confusion, chaos. As the Eternal Redeemer of humanity, I am ever at the junction of Reality and illusion, simultaneously experiencing the infinite bliss of Reality and the suffering of illusion. With Reality on the one hand and illusion on the other, I constantly experience, as it were, a pull from each side. This is my crucifixion. I do not ever let go of my hold on Reality. Imagine for instance that the pull of illusion becomes too great. What would happen? My arm would be pulled out of its socket, but I remain what I am!

–www.lordmeher.org,p5595

“I was doing my work through you”

 

Baba had previously instructed Pukar to travel throughout Hamirpur district and spread his message. He also asked for a full account of his travels. Pukar related an incident when the pujari (caretaker) of a temple had not allowed him to sleep there, even though Pukar was exhausted. The priest thought Pukar was a dacoit. Baba suddenly stopped him and asked, “Did you see any tiger or serpent in that village?”

Pukar had forgotten to mention this and said, “Yes, I did see a big black cobra. In fact, by not allowing me to spend the night there, the priest perhaps saved me from being bitten.”

Baba replied, “Then, why don’t you tell me about it?” But before he could reply, Baba interjected, “I am everywhere. I am the snake and I am everything. I know everything. There is no necessity for you to relate to me what you did on the tour. I know all about it. I was with you throughout your journey, doing my work through you.

–www.lordmeher.org, p5154

Proximity and intimacy with Baba brings out sanskaras like sparks

 

 

Continuing, Baba explained, “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.”

-Lord Meher (First Ed), p5066

To touch the hearts

 

ON SATURDAY, May 17th, an open-house darshan program was held in the Barn from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. Almost seven hundred people gathered, many from the small town of Myrtle Beach and many from distant places. Elizabeth Patterson was sitting on Baba’s right. Baba had instructed that each visitor meet him, touch his hand and pass on.

At one point, Elizabeth asked, “How can you help them when they pass by so quickly?”

Baba answered, “If they linger longer, the mind begins to work, and I want to touch the heart.”

Filis Frederick, who was standing at one of the entrances to the Barn handing out a printed message of Baba’s about his silence, miracles, et cetera, recalled: “After meeting Baba, many were weeping, dazed, unaware of their surroundings.”

www.lordmeher.org, p3823

Do you value a bicycle more than my words?

On August 24th, Mehera, Mani, Meheru and Rano were to be shifted to Karamchand’s bungalow in Nishat (Shalimar, Kashmir). Before proceeding to Nishat, Baba instructed Krishna to follow in the truck with their luggage and specifically not by bicycle. But after they had loaded everything in the truck, there was no room for the bicycle, so Krishna cycled to Nishat and Vishnu rode in the truck.

When they arrived, Baba scolded Krishna, “Why did you fail to carry out my order? I told you not to ride your bicycle.”

“There was no room in the truck for the bicycle. The driver refused to take it and I …” Krishna pleaded.

“You call that obedience? You should have thrown the bicycle away. Do you value a bicycle more than my words? Is your bicycle greater than my orders? Why don’t you obey me?”

 

www.lordmeher.org, p2968

Your love is the most precious offering you can give

 

The Hut in Meherastana, Mahewa where Baba declared His Avatarhood publicly by stating “Avatar Meher Baba Ki Jai!”*

A poor carpenter had done his utmost to erect Baba’s hut in Meherastana, Mahewa, Hamirpur District (see photo above). While laboring in the cold day and night, he had fallen ill. He was so ill that when Baba arrived he could not attend the darshan program.

The next day, with a crowd trailing behind him, Baba himself came to the poor man’s tiny, one-room hut. Hearing noise outside, he came out and was dazed at seeing Meher Baba there. He ran to him like a crazed man and fell weeping at his feet. Baba and the mandali raised him up on his feet and led him back inside to his bed. Sitting next to him on the broken cot, Baba wiped away his tears with his hand. “O Lord, forgive me,” the man cried. “I cannot offer you anything. No fruit, no flower, no coconut – still you have been merciful enough to enter a poor carpenter’s hut.”

Baba answered compassionately, “Your love is the most precious offering you can give.”
www.lordmeher.org,  p3984

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What you have been doing always is thinking of yourself, so now you must not think of yourself, but think of others. This is what is called “love.” But it needs character, poise, perseverance. (lordmeher (First Ed., 2544)

* Photo courtesy: http://www.realnothings.com/Hamirpur/meherstan.htm