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Nature of Love: “The price of knowing me is love – love, pure and simple”

 

[Final part, continued from previous post on “Nature of love”]

How?[to begin to increase this  feeling or devotion for Baba]? Remember me before starting and after finishing any work. Think of me before doing anything. If you have to write something, remember me before starting and then mentally say, “Baba, it is you, not I, who is writing.”

A tavern keeper first receives cash from a customer before handing him the wine glass. He checks the coin to ascertain whether it is genuine or counterfeit. Similarly, the Sadguru also demands his price – not in money, but in love – before giving you the gift of love. You can deceive a wine seller by passing him counterfeit coins, but never a Sadguru. He has no use for false coins – the show of love. With me, before the exchange takes place, one has to pay the full price. The price of knowing me is love – love, pure and simple.

But love entails pain – the pain of the pangs and thirst of separation while constantly burning. This gradually minimizes the strength of the ego and eventually destroys it, because love never thinks of or cares for itself. It just burns its victim in love for its Beloved. This burning gradually diminishes the ego and thus it is eventually totally annihilated. In this fire, love makes its victim realize the Self.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1157
Mar, 1930; Nasik

Inviting registrations for this 2-day Residential Seminar on “Positive Living” at Avatar Meher Baba Hyderabad Center, Jubilee Hills

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Hearty Jai Baba! Continuing the practice of biennial seminars since 2012, a special residential seminar for the young adults in the age group of 18-35 years is being planned from 8AM, 3rd June 2017 to 6PM, 4th June 2017. (Saturday & Sunday).

Inviting registrations for this 2-day Residential Seminar on “Positive Living” at Avatar Meher Baba Hyderabad Center in Jubilee Hills. Activities and contents relevant to Life of a Baba’s Lover in the context of the above theme are planned during this joyous intensive.

Please send in your email requests with details and information requested below only to seminar.jh@gmail.com latest by 15-May-2017. The requests will be processed on a first-come-first-serve basis. (The seminar is planned to accommodate only 100 participants).

Registration Form Link

Nature of Love: Real love is bestowed and cannot be created

 

Baba in Nasik

On Sunday, 30 March 1930, Shroff brought his family and friends to Nasik to see Baba who expounded on the nature of love to them:

Love me and you will know me; but I am such a Reality that it is extremely difficult to know me. The price is love. No repetition of God’s name, no penance and no meditation is necessary — only love, and such love that it annihilates your ego. This means your love should be so deep that it makes you forget yourself and the world. This experience will leave you desireless, dazed and confounded. This is real love.

You have feeling for me in your hearts, and because of it you may remember me often during the day, but you do not continuously. This feeling or devotion, though good, is not love. It should not be mistaken for love, because that real love to see and know God cannot be created. It has to be bestowed. It is bestowed through the grace of the Master, and such grace is conferred on a very, very lucky few.

Still, don’t be discouraged. Although you do not have the love that is needed, you have deep feeling for me. Try always to remember me and to speak of me. This is the best beginning — the determination to be ready to receive the Master’s grace. If this continues, a day will come when you will be the lucky one to receive the great gift — the bestowal of my love. To be ready, perpetuate this feeling in your heart and increase it, making it deeper and deeper.

-www.lordmeher.org, p1157
Mar, 1930; Nasik

“By thinking continually, you become what you think of deeply”

On Sunday, 22 September, Baba asked the women, “Who was it who said, ‘Unless you lose yourself, you cannot find yourself?’ ” …

It means three things in one:

first, love God so much that you forget yourself;

second, sacrifice your carnal desires for the soul; and

third, complete resignation to God’s will.

And when you love too much, you do forget yourself. Now how to do that practically? Love for other things like men, women, cars, dogs, et cetera, comes spontaneously. It is no gift, but spontaneity; it is natural. Loving God comes by practice and by process to a certain point. But loving God most is a gift.

To love Baba, you need to think of Baba. If you think of Baba, you do not think of yourself. The more you think of Baba, the less you think of yourself. So, to love God so much that you forget yourself means that you think of God so much that you can no longer think of yourself!

By thinking continually, you become what you think of deeply. The mind makes one [become] what one thinks of deeply.

If you think of Baba all the time, you cannot think of yourself. If you don’t think of me, you will remain unmoved. Only when Rano thinks of Nonny* does she feel bad. When she doesn’t think of her mother, there is no feeling.

www.lordmeher.org, p2151
Sept, 1940; Meherabad

Photo courtesy: MSI collection

*Nonny, the mother of Rano, died a year ago in 1939

Meditation Vs Love

These meditation classes do not impart love. Meditation creates peace, not love. Thinking brings about love when done continually and deeply. In meditation, you try to stop thinking. The stoppage gives peace. But to love, you must think of the Beloved! If your mind becomes still, your Beloved does not exist anymore. Then how can there be love where there is no Beloved?

This is a very important point, this differentiation. When you meditate, you try to forget everything, even yourself. In loving, you forget everything and self, but you remember the Beloved! In real and perfect meditation, which is rare, you forget your body, yourself and everything else. In loving you also forget self, body and everything, but you remember the Beloved! In meditation, the Beloved does not exist. That is why it is said that in meditation, the most you can get is samadhi – forgetting everything and deriving peace. But never God-realization! It is only attained by love.

www.lordmeher.org, p2151
Sept, 1940; Meherabad

Emancipation from the reign of karmic determination

Before karma is created, the individual has a sort of freedom to choose what it shall be. But after it has been accomplished, it becomes a factor which cannot be ignored, and which has either to be expended through the results which it invites, or counteracted by fresh and appropriate karma.

Karmic determination is popularly designated as fate. Fate, however, is not some foreign and oppressive principle. Fate is man’s own creation pursuing him from past lives. And just as it has been shaped by past karma, it can also be modified, remoulded, and even undone through karma in the present life.

It is in the arena of earthly existence that creative and effective karma can take place, through the medium of the Gross body. The proper understanding and use of the law of karma enables man to become a master of his own destiny through intelligent and wise action.

Each person has become what he is through his own accumulated actions. And it is through his own actions that he can mould himself according to the pattern of his heart, or finally emancipate himself from the reign of karmic determination which governs him through life and death.

-Selection from “REINCARNATION AND KARMA: VI”, Discourses

 

The only important thing from the spiritual point of view

From the spiritual point of view, the only important thing is to realize Divine Life and to help others realize it by manifesting it in everyday happenings.

To penetrate into the essence of all being and significance and to release the fragrance of that inner attainment for the guidance and benefit of others – by expressing, in the world of forms, truth, love, purity, and beauty – this is the sole game that has intrinsic and absolute worth. All other happenings, incidents, and attainments in themselves can have no lasting importance.

-Discourses 7th Ed., p200

The highest practice of yoga

All the meditations, yogas, concentrations do not teach what Baba teaches you through everyday living. That is, to be kind to those who ill-treat you, and to love those you dislike. This is the highest practice of yoga.

When Christ was mocked, spat upon and beaten, he did not use his powers, but he retaliated with love.

You should be glad of an opportunity to be mistreated by others. You should thank them for the opportunity of suffering and loving. The purpose of your being with Baba is to eliminate the ego.

-“Treasures” from the Meher Baba Journals, p94

“Every day, every hour, every minute of a man’s life is a sort of minor war”

On the 24th, a 60-year-old man came to see Baba and said, “Although I have had many minor turning points in my life, I feel today that the main turning point of my life has at last arrived by meeting you.”

Baba smiled and explained to him:

“Yes, that turning point has to arrive in each one’s life.

It is like a war. Every day, every hour, every minute of a man’s life is a sort of minor war between the heart and mind, emotion and intellect, good and bad. And when these individual conflicts spread out and develop, the collective result eventually takes the shape of a big, worldwide war which can never be avoided by any number of peace conferences, unless and until the very root cause is removed.”

-www.lordmeher.org, p1614
June, 1934; Paris

The wisest in the eyes of God is the one without any hypocrisy

To a highly educated group of his lovers, Baba stated:

It is better to deny God than to make a show of devotion. You may be extraordinarily clever, but in the eyes of God your intelligence has no value if you indulge in hypocrisy. On the other hand, if you are the most unlearned person and if you have no trace of hypocrisy, you become the wisest in the eyes of God.

-www.lordmeher.org, p4700
June, 1960; Guruprasad