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Someone else asked, “But how do we earn that opportunity (of meeting a Perfect Master)? All of us cannot think of God and have the intense desire for real bliss.”

Baba explained at length:

Naturally, this depends on one’s sanskaras. There is a course of experience through which every being must pass to realize God.

Suppose an ordinary person who has no thought of God or desire for real bliss gives something to charity out of his philanthropic nature and feelings for the poor. This is a good deed, and due to that and his mercy for those suffering, he is helped inwardly and progresses. His kind and generous mentality enables him to progress further and further until a time comes when the desire for real bliss is created. The desire for bliss is born in him automatically. This desire leads him to a Sadguru and, by thus reaching the Original Source of everything, he is eventually able to attain bliss. But before achieving this state of being able to create a desire for real bliss, he has to pass through a succession of experiences, both good and bad.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1073
Aug, 1929; Dhulia

Undergoing hardships for others wipes out our past karma

 

Baba inquired about Piloo’s sister, Shirin Damania. “She works very hard,” Piloo said. “Since our mother died years ago, and we were all so young, Shirin has looked after all of us brothers and sisters, brought us up and managed everything in the house.”

Baba commented, “Working for and serving others, and undergoing so much strain, is very good. It wipes out past karma and even the new sanskaras which are created are very faint. So it is of tremendous spiritual benefit to work, serve, and undergo hardships for others. Sitting idle and always eating ready-cooked, served meals without lifting a finger to help is very bad spiritually. It creates very deep sanskaras which are difficult to wipe away.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p1606
May, 1934; Meherabad

“Be mentally free and happy.”

 

On the 13th of October, at ten-thirty in the morning, Baba sent for Adi and Ghani. He told them,  “Be mentally free and happy.”

He then explained what he meant:

As the cause, so the effect; the cause may be big and important, or small and insignificant, but the result will definitely be according to it. The woes of this world are imaginary and are the self-created result of our own ignorance; having no cause, they are therefore unjustifiable. If there is no reason or cause, then it naturally follows that the result is unreal, insubstantial and meaningless.

So why worry about the happiness, or misery, of this world which has no cause behind it except imagination? Just go on observing things as a passive spectator as they go on around you, keeping the mind free and happy. As Hafiz says:

“Both the happinesses and sorrows
of the world will pass away.
So it is better to remain peaceful throughout.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p352
Oct, 1922; Manzil-e-Meem

Love Vs Devotion

Love burns the lover.
Devotion burns the Beloved.

Love seeks happiness for the Beloved.
Devotion seeks for blessing from the Beloved.

Love seeks to shoulder the burden of the Beloved.
Love gives. Devotion asks.

Love is silent and sublime, devoid of outward expressions.
Devotion expresses itself outwards.

Love does not require the presence of the Beloved in order to love.
Devotion demands the presence of the Beloved to express affection for the Beloved.

-The Path of Love, p106

Difficulties and challenges have to be faced like a hero

Baba’s Samadhi under construction in 1938

The next morning, Baba called Pendu and said in a very serious tone, “I am giving you two more weeks to complete the work*. It must be finished by August 25. I will have no place to stay. I am being evicted from the P.W.D.! So we have to come to Meherabad. I am coming on the 25th whether you have finished or not!”

Pendu looked somewhat worried and Baba urged him, “Be brave! Don’t feel dejected or despondent with difficulties and inconveniences. Face it all — that’s manliness, that’s heroism.

“I don’t like things to go smoothly or easily,” Baba continued. “There is no credit in doing things easily. One must experience resistance, difficulties, and pass through awkward situations. These are real tests and bring out the best and worst in men. The more opposition you have from maya, the more you should resist and face it with fierce determination. Don’t feel anxious. Do your best.”

* The work is the construction of Baba’s Samadhi and Meher Retreat.

-www.lordmeher.org, 1934
Aug, 1938; Meherabad

 “My work is your opportunity.” – Meher Baba

“Love annihilates the lower self and expresses the higher Self.”

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“Hectic search for exhilarating experiences should not be mistaken for love. They are the forerunners of grim, relentless penalties and intense suffering.

“Love from its lowest to its highest expression has its ups and downs. Love suffers the pangs of separation, the stings of jealousy; and all the little pricks that a lover has to endure are the different helpmates in disguise. They stir you up and bring forward to life the most important parts of your nature. Then they no longer maintain their individual life, but merge in one common longing for the Beloved.

“One in love tastes the glories of life to the full. The blissful heights of joyousness and the buoyant feelings of heavenly delights are the steady steps towards divine Oneness.

“Love surrenders to the Will of the Beloved. Gives all to the Beloved. Sacrifices all for the Beloved. Lives for the Beloved. Dies for the Beloved. This supreme state of love is the God-state, for what is God but love? Infinite, unbounded, eternal Love! Love annihilates the lower self and expresses the higher Self.

“So, dear Soul, long for your Divine Beloved till you become One with your Beloved.”

-Love Alone Prevails, Kitty Davy, p165

“Love Me for Love itself”

Baba clapped His hands and we came running. Then, in the course of His talk with us, He spelled out on the board the different ways in which each loved Him. He turned to me and said, “And you love Me for Love itself.” It was not clear what Baba meant, but His words to this day remain deeply woven in my consciousness.

Experience teaches us to accept what Baba says not necessarily as a personal fact, but often as a “pointer” towards which He desires us to aim. On one occasion, to me Baba said, “Love the One in the many and not the many in the One; I am the only Friend who will never let you down.” How difficult this is we all know, but I think it is more nearly possible if we can love for the sake of “Love itself.” Such flashes in “the daily round, the common task” are rare indeed, but if they have been experienced once, can they not be experienced again until the “flash” becomes spontaneous and permanent? On this subject Baba dictated directly from the board the following:

“Love is the fountain of life-giving water. No one and no thing can live without love. Its expression varies according to the capacity of the receiver and the giver and, in it highest form, love is Divinity.

“To love is to live. You cannot really live without love. The omnipotent laws of nature have this power in its divine potency pervading the universe. The right to strike at the chord of love only belongs to the brave and sturdy at heart.

-Love Alone Prevails, Kitty Davy, p165

Photo courtesy: MeherBabaTravels.com (Kitty Davy with umbrella, Meherabad)

The beginning of real love is obedience

To realize God, we must love Him, losing ourselves in His Infinite Self. We can love God by surrendering to the Perfect Master who is God’s personal Manifestation. We can also love God by loving our fellow-beings, by giving them happiness at the cost of our own happiness, by rendering them service at sacrifice of our interests and by dedicating our lives at the altar of selfless work. When we love God intensely through any of these channels, we finally know Him to be our own Self.

The beginning of real love is obedience, and the highest aspect of this love which surpasses that of love itself is the aspect which culminates into the perfect obedience or supreme resignation to the Will and Wish of the Beloved. In this love are embodied all Yogas known to saints and seekers.

-Path of Love, p67

 

God only listens to the language of the heart

God does not listen to the language of the tongue which constitutes Japs (mental repetitions), Mantras (verbal repetitions), Zikra (either kind of repetition), and devotional songs. He does not listen to the language of the mind which constitutes meditation, concentration and thoughts about God. He listens only to the language of the heart, which constitutes love.

The most practical way for the common man to express this language of the heart, whilst attending to daily-life duties, is to speak lovingly, think lovingly, and act lovingly towards all mankind, irrespective of caste, creed and position, taking God to be present in each and every one.

-Path of Love, p67

 

 

 

Divine Love

Divine Love is qualitatively different from human love. Human love is for the many in the one and Divine Love is for the One in the many. Human love leads to innumerable complications and tangles; but Divine Love leads to integration and freedom. Human love in its personal and impersonal aspects is limited; but Divine Love, with its fusion of the personal and the impersonal aspects, is Infinite in being and expression.

Divine Love makes us be true to ourselves and to others and makes us live truly and honestly. Thus, it is the solution to all our difficulties and problems; it frees us from every kind of binding; purifies our hearts and glorifies our being.

To those whose hearts are pure and simple, true love comes as a gift through the activating grace of a Perfect Master, and this Divine Love will perform the supreme miracle of bringing God into the hearts of men. All the same, human love should not be despised, even when it is fraught with limitations. It is bound to break through all these limitations and initiate an aspirant in the eternal life in the Truth.

-Path of Love, p67