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    What matters is your heart

    The prayer that God hears is the prayer of the heart, that raising of the heart, that suffering of the heart — that is what God pays attention to. And so it does not matter, and certainly it is foolish to rely upon the usual religious practices and ritual. What matters is your heart, the prayer that arises from your heart. That is the prayer that Baba hears, that God hears., p3980
    July 1956; London

    “Once you come to know that this body is not you, then that veil of ignorance is lifted”

    After one woman sang a song, Baba dictated:

    One who hears the music of God in his heart – such wonderful music, for it is the Original Music – loses his bodily consciousness and sees God everywhere.

    God is within everyone. He is in all of us, Infinite, All-powerful. The helplessness that you now feel here is because you are now in the body, and it is all illusion, although God is so omnipotent. Why is that? It is illusion. It is the veil between you and God.

    The veil of what? That veil is the veil of ignorance. Once you come to know that the body is not real and this body is not you, then that veil of ignorance is lifted. When you are indeed asleep, the body is there, although you are not. The body breathes, and yet you are not aware of its breathing when you are asleep; then you may dream you eat; or in the dream you go to the movies. It is not the body that dreams; it must be YOU.

    Suppose this body has its legs cut off; you are in no way less conscious, nor do you feel that there is any curtailment in your own existence. You are still you and your consciousness is not curtailed. Mind understands, yet the veil of illusion is not lifted because of the veil of ignorance which you still have.

    Once you see God within you, you get the conviction. There is no more doubt. Then there is the experience of infinite bliss.

    I give my blessings to you all., p3978
    July 1956; London

    “I feel shy of strangers!”

    And who are the strangers? Wants, desires, thoughts!

    They are all so compressed within you that they leave no room for God the Beloved, whom you would invite in.

    As the strangers begin to leave the heart, it becomes cleaner and purer. Then God peeks into it, and His all-loving glance wipes out all worries. And the glimpse of God that one experiences leaves no scope for any doubts about His sweet will that manifests through “good” and “bad” times., p4671
    May, 1960; Guruprasad

    “Purity, impurity all disappear when love is one hundred percent”


    Adele wolkin with Baba, Meherazad

    Adele [Wolkin] met Baba at 10 A.M. that morning. To her Baba stated:

    Do not worry about any weaknesses which sometimes overpower you. Your love for me is so great it will wipe out your weaknesses. When the heart and mind are purified, one can see God. We can see him through purity, but above purity is love, which consumes all weaknesses.

    So, if you love Baba as your Master, as your father, as your brother, don’t worry about anything else. Purity, impurity all disappear when love is one hundred percent there. So, don’t worry. Baba knows you and loves you, and in spite of everything, Baba will never leave you. Remember., p3058
    May, 1952; Myrtle Beach

    Moods feed the ego-life


    Baba, while tolerant of our various moods, understanding their causes (frustration, jealousy, inferiority complexes) as a result of sanskaras left over from past lives, disliked them intensely.

    Said Baba, “All such moods feed the ego-life.” In a letter to Delia, He remarked, “And how can you help in this game of Mine? By love and service. By control of your mind and moods, and yes, weaknesses which are there for the purpose of exercising control over them. Often the greater one loves, the greater is the tendency to moods, because the pangs of separation are more acute. But I do not like moods and therefore, to please Me, which is one of the best ways of showing your love for Me, try your best to overcome them…. A joyful heart will help you most to get strong.”

    -Love alone Prevails, p. 241, Kitty Davy


    To lose one’s life is to die by inches

    Baba with Keshav Mast

    In pursuance of name and fame, and goaded by the applause of the expectant multitude, people have given their lives for a great cause, for their honor, their religion, their country. Even cowards have given up their lives under a sudden impulse, or on an uncontrollable provocation. Such a death is a matter of a few seconds.

    But to lose one’s life is to die by inches. Every second, one suffers the poignant pain of ego elimination, culminating in utter resignation to the Divine Will. This dying can only be the lot of heroes, and they are very few indeed. Keshav mast is one such hero., p2726
    Jul, 1949; Poona


    “Ask God not for money, fame, power, health or children, but seek His grace of love which would lead you to eternal bliss.”
    (, p3457)

    “Do everything, but don’t worry”

    Why worry?! Worry is unnecessary. Necessary worry is not good, but unnecessary worry is madness. If I say: “Be happy!” be happy at once! Forget. Away with it! Why brood? I never brood. Laugh! Be cheerful! It is all illusion — why not be cheerful, happy? Start now!!

    Do everything, but don’t worry. Worrying binds. When one is beyond worrying, one is happy. But you must consciously not worry. The stone does not worry, but unconsciously. It is all fun, all a game, happiness — if you don’t worry.

    -Love Alone Prevails, p241, Kitty Davy

    The power of faith cured patients

    The story Baba narrated about Baidul was:

    Baidul was the doctor of his village in Persia. He would boil garlic in oil, and put in a few drops of the mixture in the patient’s ears. Taking my name, it cured all sorts of diseases! Thus, he made some patients well, and his fame spread so much that he even gave a dying cow some drops of the “tonic,” extending her life too. 

    But the fact is that the patients did not get well by his remedy, but by his full and supreme faith in me! Every evening he sits with me, and I tell him to talk, and he tells me of Persia and other facts and stories. He says, “Baba, only you made them well!” He never took money from any of the patients, either.

    It is Baidul’s firm faith in my name curing the patients that made the tonic work. Had he the slightest doubt, the faintest speck of wavering about it, it would not have worked, and no one would have recovered., p2161
    October, 1940; Meherabad

    “Automatic remembrance of God in a natural way is what is worthwhile”

    General Bhandari of Poona was being transferred to Delhi. Having the urge to pay respects to Baba on his way to Delhi, without prior intimation, just as Adi was leaving for Meherazad on the 2nd, Bhandari and his wife came to Khushru Quarters, with their seventeen-year-old daughter, Reva. Adi told them to follow his car to Meherazad, and Baba met them lovingly, along with Sarosh’s party.

    The brigadier general was a Sikh from the Punjab, and Baba remarked to him that Guru Nanak was a Perfect Master.

    His wife asked, “Have you read about Guru Nanak?”

    “I have not read,” Baba gestured, “I know!”

    The brigadier asked, “Baba, I have heard that it is beneficial to repeat the divine name, but which name is best to repeat?”

    “Do you love your wife?”

    “Yes, Baba. I love her very much.”

    “What would you do if she were staying far away from you?”

    “I would remember her, of course.”

    “Would you remember her with a rosary in your hand? Would you sit in a corner and repeat her name?”

    “No, I would think about her spontaneously with love.”

    Baba stated, “In the same way, automatic remembrance of God in a natural way is what is worthwhile. And without love, it is not possible. When there is intense thirst for the remembrance of the Beloved, love is born, and one’s only thought is of the Beloved.

    “This is called real japa [repetition of a divine name]. Then, even the impossible becomes possible. It is the glory of the name.

    The brigadier was highly impressed by Baba’s explanation.General Bhandari and his wife bid a tearful goodbye to Baba., p5058
    Jan, 1964; Meherazad

    Happiness through self-forgetful love


    True happiness begins when a man learns the art of right adjustment to other persons, and right adjustment involves self-forgetfulness and love. Hence arises the spiritual importance of transforming a life of the limited self into a life of love.

    –Discourses 7th Ed. p396