Man wavers driven by thoughts and desires

The difference between God and man is more than between heaven and earth. Man is bound by cravings and desires. You eat and drink, and whatever you do binds you. I eat and drink, but I am quite free. Animals also eat and drink, but so do men. Is there no difference between you […]

Simple life means a life of desirelessness

Meher Baba’s painting by Julian Lamar, 1932*

One day, explaining to Cath about leading a “simple” life, Baba observed:

People always make a mistake when they talk of leading a simple life. To live such a life is infinitely difficult. Outwardly, a person may wear plain garments and have a simple diet, […]

No one else in the world could have played such a perfect game – Part 2 (Final)

Nilu and Donkin

Baba narrated another incident about Nilu to Donkin:

When Nilu first came to me, I inquired about him getting married. He wanted to marry, and if I had prevented him, it would not have been taken so well. So I made a plan and sent him, […]

No one else in the world could have played such a perfect game – Part 1

Baba with Mandali. Dr Nilu on extreme right.

Donkin had escorted her (Rano) in the tonga, and on the way back he bought some toffees for the mandali. He offered some to Rano, but she politely refused. When he persevered, she took a few, as she knew Margaret Craske was fond of […]

‘Get thee behind me, Satan!’

 

 

Thereafter, all the men [the Japwalas, the men who were asked by Baba to repeat God’s names during the Fiery life] were called into the room.

Baba stated: “Repeat the name as if your very life depends on it. Keep continuity. … Maya necessarily creates obstacles in God’s work, so be careful.”

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Mind is a good servant, but a bad master

 

Once during his visits, while sitting under the trees in the garden, he explained about the mind:

Mind is a good servant, but a bad master. This means if you control it, it will act as you want. The mind is a bad master if it has control over you to […]

Material and physical pleasures impede our progress – Part 2 (Final)

It was a moonlit night, and all got very drunk. Dawn began breaking over the horizon and the Master said, “Oh, it is morning now and we still have not returned home!” The intoxicating effects of the wine were wearing off by now, and they thought that they had come a long distance. But […]

Material and physical pleasures impede our progress – Part 1

 

After their return from the river, Baba said, “While we were on the boat I remembered a story about a Perfect Master.” All the women eagerly requested him to tell it and so he began to spell out the tale:

There was once a Sadguru staying in a certain place with a few […]

Likes and dislikes are both desires

Food always seemed to be a sharp point of contention, especially now that there were both Easterners and Westerners living together, sharing the same fare. Indian food was too spicy for the Westerners, and Western cooking too insipid for the Indian palate. One day in Panchgani, when discussing the menu, Baba remarked:

Dislikes are […]

Needs vs wants

Someone asked, “How can we differentiate between needs and wants? Some claim, ‘I need all I want.’ What is the difference?”

Baba spelled out in reply:

If you are dying of thirst in the desert, you need water – not lemonade. If you ask for water, it is your need. If you ask for […]