Human form and its attributes – Part-5 (Final)

“But why is there always suffering and not happiness?” one of the mandali asked.

You simpleton, I am trying to tell you that there is nothing like suffering! It is the mind that creates pain and misery. In reality, neither happiness nor misery exists. Only bliss is real, which the soul enjoys after emancipation. So to attain emancipation, first destroy the mind. First free yourself and then enjoy bliss. Become one — merge with the bliss!

What is the meaning of God-realization? It means to become one with God. By thinking and imagining, one can never become one with God. Union is possible only after the death of thoughts and imagination — the mind must die.

“But how is a person to know that he has realized God?” someone posed.

It is automatic. You are a human being. Do you ever think to yourself, “Am I a human being?” You do not ask yourself this because you are a human being. In the same way, once a man realizes God, he spontaneously knows that he is God. He has the full experience of it by personal experience., p1061
Aug, 1929; Harvan, Kashmir

Human form and its attributes – Part-4

As long as desires persist, there is no freedom. One who is completely desireless becomes the King of Kings! But people have no idea how to become desireless. Freedom from desires is real life. One has to go beyond desires to enjoy freedom. This freedom can never be imagined; it is beyond the mind. The mind creates desires and as long as the mind continues and does not die, a person cannot extricate himself and enjoy freedom.

The soul is like a bird. When all desires vanish, the bird’s eyes open. It sees God and becomes one with Him. I am that God whom the bird sees when its eyes open. But desires blind the bird and it cannot see me, though I am standing right in front of it.

Continuing, Baba said:

Bliss is something quite distinct from happiness and misery. Happiness and misery are gained through [experiences of] the mind. Bliss is something totally different; after the death of the mind, what the soul gains through God is bliss. Happiness and misery are due to the mind, while bliss exists on account of the soul. Bliss cannot be described. It cannot be grasped. It is to be experienced., p1060
Aug, 1929; Harvan, Kashmir

Human form and its attributes – Part-3

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Baba then again addressed Ramjoo and motioned, “Now tell me whether you are a man or an animal.”

Ramjoo replied, “It seems that I am part man and part beast. But I do not understand fully what the natural love of angels is. What do you mean by that?”

Baba spelled out, “It is like this: A mother loves her child; she does not have to cultivate her love. This feeling of hers just happens and is natural, but it is not love for God. So also, the love of the angels encompasses many virtues, but it is not love for God. It is inborn in them — innate — and that is why it is called natural love.”

Baba then spoke about freedom from desires:

As long as a person is not free from desires, he is not ready for emancipation. Desires, both good and bad, are binding. Good desires bind a person with golden chains, and bad with iron ones. Why do you feel restless? Because you have a thousand thoughts of wife, children, and the world. One should be free of wishes and desires, but they are there. What creates them? What desires these desires, and what thinks these thoughts? The mind!, p1059
Aug, 1929; Harvan, Kashmir

Human form and its attributes – Part-2


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So to be a human being does not only mean to be born in a human form with the lowest animal qualities still sticking to it. A human form with the animal qualities destroyed and the angelic qualities developed, that is a real human being! But even that is not the perfect state. Angelic qualities developed to the highest degree still do not make a Perfect Being. The angels are free from the lower animal qualities and possess higher qualities of godliness, but they have no love — real love for God — which makes one worthy of Union. Angels, of course, have love, but it is in their nature. They have what can be called “natural love,” which makes them higher than human beings. But being devoid of love for God, angels cannot realize God. For that, they must assume human form with these higher qualities developed. In human form alone can they create love for God, qualifying them for the attainment of God-realization. Realization of God can never be attained without the human form., p1059
Aug, 1929; Harvan, Kashmir

Human form and its attributes – Part-1

The next day in the mandali’s cottage, Baba asked Ramjoo if he was a human being or an animal. Taken aback, Ramjoo answered, “A human being!” Baba then gave this discourse about the human form and its attributes:

The human form is the last form in evolution and it is the highest. Although it is the last and highest form in creation, it is still full of animal desires and lower qualities, such as eating, drinking, envy, hatred, anger, and lust. These blemishes are there because the human form has evolved through and out of creation; and in this evolving, all the faults and defects that are in animals are also in the human being.

But this is not the whole story. Side by side with these lower qualities, a human being has created in himself certain higher angelic qualities, such as being able to free himself from base desires, and has the attributes of kindness and grace. In an ordinary human being, there is an admixture of almost half and half of the lower animal qualities and the higher angelic ones. Although both must be destroyed before Realization, the lower qualities must first vanish. The disappearance of these lower qualities then makes a man capable of further advancement in the angelic ones. Eventually, the angelic qualities are also destroyed and man becomes one with God., p1058
Aug, 1929; Harvan (Kashmir)

“It is always the outlook that counts, and not the object”


[Personal Interviews with Baba: A nurse who has some fears in life which she discloses to Baba]

Q. Oh, I am so happy to see you . . . . I am so tired of life, and very unhappy . . . . I don’t see how I can improve !

Baba: Everyone is unconsciously tired of this life, because every one seeks happiness, but knows not how to get it. But life is beautiful ! It is meant to be happy. I will help you. Then things will appear changed. You will see it.

It is always the outlook that counts, and not the object. Today you feel tired, upset, seeing nothing beautiful in things around you in life. If tomorrow you do not feel bored, but cheerful, it will be due to changed outlook.

The easy way is not to make much of things. Take them lightly. Say to yourself, “I am meant to be happy, to make others happy,” and gradually you become happier, and make others happier too. Don’t suggest to your mind, “I am tired, haggard, depressed,” etc. That will make you worse. Always say, “All is well; I will be happy.”

I will help you. I can and I will. You will feel it.

(Forty-three interviews with Baba, 1934, Zurich)

“Bless Everything”



After further explanation [of spiritual planes], Baba’s dictation ended and he asked one of the group, “Is it clear?”

The person answered, “No. I get all confused when you discourse like this.”

Baba smiled, spelling out, “Love Baba! That is all you need to do. The fun of it all is you are already united. It is funny. But you have to go through it – you have to, everybody has to. You have to know, ‘I am already one with the Infinite, I have always been infinite.’ ”

Malcolm Schloss asked Baba, “How can we go beyond becoming and get to pure being?”

Baba replied, “You want to know how to realize the Self. Very cute. He asks the only thing that matters!

“Becoming is the state of not knowing – ignorance;  being is Realization – Knowledge. Unless one is imprisoned, one cannot appreciate freedom. A fish born in water lives in water. It cannot realize water. When it comes out of water it goes back into water and knows the water.”

Nadine Tolstoy said, “Then we should bless everything, even our difficulties, shouldn’t we?”

Bless everything, even the sweets and lemon soufflé!”, p1796
Mar, 1937; Nasik

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“People must give and then receive”


William Warner, a well-known author, asked Baba, “For a long time, I have been trying to find out the actual definition of love. Can you tell me what it is?”

Baba responded, “Love means a life of giving without expectation of receiving any reward.” Warner was impressed, and Baba continued, “People must give and then receive. First give and then you will have all. But instead, people want to first have all and then think of giving. This is not the right way.”, p1858
Aug, 1937; Cannes

“Love is self-communicative”

Love springs spontaneously from within, but although love can never be forced from or upon another, it can be awakened through love itself. Essentially, love is self-communicative: Those who do not have it catch it from those who have it, for one cannot absorb love without making a response. Regardless of the barnacles which may cover the surface, the response is stamped by the nature of love.

The secret of true love is that it is unconquerable and irresistible. Even the one who resists its approach is lost as he springs to plug the hole through which it is flowing past the walls of his heart. It races behind him and he turns only in time to find himself surrounded and born aloft on its irresistible might.

True love gathers power and spreads itself until it transforms everyone it touches. Humanity will attain a new mode of life through the unhampered interplay of pure love, as it spreads from heart to heart.

-“Listen Humanity”, p154


“To develop love, you have to do it practically”

On the 9th, during his interview, Walter’s brother Oscar asked, “What hinders me from being a better and truer Christian, and so also a better husband and father?”

Baba answered,

“You must try, as far as possible, to live the life that Christ lived. Not by theory and intellectual understanding alone should one try to follow Christianity, but it is the feeling — love — that has to be lived.”

“How can I do that?” Oscar Mertens asked.

“To develop love, you have to do it practically; that is, you have to experience it in everyday life. You must lessen your desires and make others happy by thinking less of your own happiness. This can be done. By desire, I mean selfish desires … It is all very practical and very simple; but people always make it complicated.”, p1625
Jul, 1934; Zurich