No rigid set of rules

“There can be nothing like a rigid set of rules to outline the means by which you may be led to the one and only path to God-realization. This path lies through the subtle and mental spheres, which are independent of and ‘above’* the gross sphere with its innumerable stars, suns, moons and worlds, including the earth.

“Whatever brings you nearer to the path and suits you best, is best for you, provided you are able to put it into practice whole-heartedly and in harmony with the natural bent of your mind. A good runner who remains indifferent to racing cannot make good progress, but a lame man who keeps on limping vigorously may soon arrive at the path. If it is not used properly the best car is virtually useless to the traveler, however concerned he may be to arrive at his destination.

-Listen Humanity, p41

Make a New year resolution to “Forgive and forget”

On Sunday morning, 1 January 1939, Jal Kerawalla made a joke at Pappa’s expense and Pappa became very upset. He drove straight to Baba’s bungalow and complained bitterly. Jal and Chanji followed him, and Baba sent for them and asked the reason for the uproar. Jal replied, “Forgive me, Baba, I was only joking.”

Pappa shouted, “Who has made him a magistrate? He has no sense! He should not be forgiven!”

Smiling, Baba spelled out, “I would not forgive Jal, but to forgive is my nature. If I don’t forgive him, the world will collapse! Only by my forgiveness does the world continue, not otherwise!”

Pappa said, “You should continue forgiving the world — but not Jal Kerawalla! He has troubled me greatly!”

“All right,” motioned Baba. “I won’t forgive Jal, but you forgive him!”

Jal asked Pappa’s forgiveness, and finally, after hours of fuming, he forgave him. Pappa, however, said to Baba, “I have forgiven Jal because you request it, but I tell you he is the very devil!”

Baba explained to Pappa, “This is not forgiveness! The meaning of forgiveness is to forget the insult. When you remember it, how could you have forgiven it?

After forgiving, you should not remember the incident or hold anything against him.

“Today is New Year’s, and you should make a resolution to forgive and forget. Only by forgetting can you truly forgive. Otherwise, what is the use of merely saying the words, ‘I forgive you’? It must be from the heart.”, p1970
1 January 1939; Mandla

“Love never fails”

There is no such thing as ‘failure’ on the journey towards Truth or God. It is merely a question of time. (The Awakener Magazine I/2/33)

The opposites of failure and success need each other. There can be no success unless there is failure; and it is equally true that there can be no failure unless there is success. (Beams, p60)

Whatever the efforts you make, whatever the failures that seem to result, whatever the despair that follows, all have their roots in the fact that you love yourself more than you love God. In loving yourself as wholeheartedly as you should have loved God, failures and despair stand up prominently before you. This is quite natural. (The Awakener Magazine XIX/2/54)

Never pay attention to your failings or weaknesses, good or bad thoughts. If you take Me as Avatar, obey Me whatever I say, good or bad. (Life is a Jest, Meher Baba, p65)

Everything else may fail—Love never fails. (Avatar, by Jean Adriel, p169)


“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

“If you want to alter anything, start with actions”

The next morning, February 7th, Baba called the two Australian ladies(Ena Lemmon and Clarice Adams)  to Ashiana, where he explained to them:

Be happy in any conditions and don’t worry about anything. If the whole world rocks, don’t rock with it!

And particularly don’t worry about thoughts. If you want to alter anything, start with actions. Why? Because thoughts belong to the mental world, and you have no control over them unless you are established on the mental plane. But you can control your actions., p3941
Feb, 1956; Ashiana, Bombay



Love God honestly

In the afternoon at the dak bungalow, Muluktla Ramalingam Sastri (whom Baba nicknamed Baba Sastri) sang some of Kabir and Mira’s songs in a classical way. Kabir’s song “Remove the Veil and You Will See Ram” prompted Baba to explain:

Just imagine that ages ago you were, now are and will ever be. Then what is there to worry about?

I want to impress upon you all that you must be honest. You must be honest to God, to yourselves and to others. If you love God honestly, you will forget yourselves and see me everywhere and in everything.

God does not like sham, and ceremonies are only outward. It is an insult to God if you make a show of your devotion. That is what Kabir means when he says, “Don’t revel in your desires.”

There are many yogis who can achieve samadhi, fly in the air or walk on water, and yet do not know what love is.

This divine love consumes all our limited desires; but this “burning” [in love] should be smokeless. Kabir puts this in one line: “Lift the veil of seven colors!” He does not say “remove” the curtain, but uses the word ‘khole’ [lift, open]., p3251
Jan, 1953; Tadepalligudem

“But then you forget, and have to come again and again”

During one occasion at Guruprasad, another elderly woman had come, and the mandali had provided her a chair before Baba came to the hall. Baba entered the hall and asked the gathering:

Do you all know why you have come here? Why have you been invited here? I have called you to let you know that I am the God-Man, God in human form, and I am everywhere. But I have called you to tell you that there is no need for you to go anywhere, because God is everywhere. God is everywhere but his human form is not everywhere.

It is like police dogs that are kept by the police to trace the culprit: They take the dog to the site where the crime has been committed. Likewise, I am the stealer of hearts and in order to trace me time and again, you have to come here to have a sniff, because my place is surcharged with the scent of my presence, and then you go away after having the scent of me. But then you forget, and have to come again and again.*, p4951
Apr, 1963; Guruprasad

  • Eruch in one of the mandali talks said that we need to visit again and again Beloved Baba’s samadhi for the same reason.

The real prayer

One day, when Baba asked someone to pray, the devotee began: “O God, grant me health, give me long life so that I may serve Thee …”

Baba interrupted, correcting him, “This is not a prayer, but a list of your wishes! The real prayer to God is praise for Him through love and nothing else! When you know you are in illusion, why keep asking for more of it?”, p4998
May, 1963; Guruprasad

“I am he, undoubtedly”


That day a Catholic priest, Father Anthony, the principal of Saint Catherine of Siena School in Bombay, came for Baba’s darshan.

The priest had dedicated his life to serving the poor. Baba remarked to him:

I am well pleased with your work among destitute and abandoned children. By serving the abandoned, you are really serving Jesus Christ, because he was also abandoned by all, even by his own apostles. The emblem of abandonment is the cross. Hence, to serve the abandoned is to serve the Christ — and I am he, undoubtedly.

I am with you in your work, as I am myself in you. Difficulties, lack of sympathy, and hostile opposition will be there in your work, but I will help you. You have my blessing and love.

The cross of Christ is also the symbol of sacrifice. Hence I say that you should sacrifice your whole self and plunge yourself unreservedly into the work of helping the destitute children. By sacrificing your everything, you will find All.

The priest was so happy to receive this spontaneous message from Baba, he asked permission to publish it in his quarterly journal Basic Education. Baba agreed and made him repeat the message (which had been taken down). This he did, except for the last sentence of the first paragraph, at which Baba stated, “You have left out the most significant part,” and Baba repeated: “I am he, undoubtedly.”, p4677
May, 1960; Guruprasad

“I am the selfsame Christ who was nailed on the cross”

While looking at the figures depicted at the Last Supper, Baba commented:

I loved John intensely. I remember John and Judas [more] often, though I had great love for Peter too. There are many things about Jesus and his circle that are not yet known to people, as books such as the Bible have been changed. I will explain later on.

When I break my silence, clothed in the simple sadra which I wear in India, people will see me as Jesus. I am the selfsame Christ who was nailed on the cross. For the welfare of others, I undergo terrible suffering, and I suffer infinitely. I am daily being crucified as I suffer for the whole world. I am being crucified every moment, even now! (Online), p1391
April 1932; Switzerland