07 Aug 2012 – Backbiting sanskaras are deeper – takes millions of births to wipe out!

Explaining to one woman devotee about slander,  Baba cited this couplet of Kabir:

“He who slanders me is my friend

because with his own soap

he cleanses me of my dirt!”

“So,” Baba emphasized, “the first thing required is love. And the second is do not backbite.”

He added, “Feel glad if anyone slanders you, and always be careful that you don’t slander others.”

The woman said, “Baba, I don’t slander anyone.”

“It is good if you don’t slander anyone. But generally, he who drinks liquor says: ‘Do I get intoxicated? I am never drunk!’

“The same is the case with slanderers. A slanderer will slander, and if anyone were to draw his attention to it, he would reply, ‘Who says I am slandering? I never slander.’ “

The woman said, “But really, I never backbite. It is the truth.”

In reply, Baba explained:

If anyone speaks about another’s shortcomings behind his back, even though what he says may be true, it is slander.

What effect do the sanskaras of backbiting produce? Suppose Mr. A says to Mr. B: “Mr. C has not come; he is a bad man.” Mr. C is not present. Mr. A has told this directly to Mr. B. Consequently, there is an exchange of sanskaras in an indirect way between Mr. A and Mr. C, and in a direct way between Mr. A and Mr. B. Thus, the sanskaras of slandering are of two types – direct and indirect. Thereby, the most minute sanskaras are created and for millions of births it is difficult to be freed from them.

Sanskaras are of seven colors. Sanskaras of lust and anger have different colors, and the sanskaras created by backbiting are still deeper. We do not know them as such, but they are some of the worst type and nearly impossible to eradicate. Viruses are very subtle germs and invisible, but they are the most troublesome. Similarly, the sanskaras of calumny and defamation are most wicked and troublesome.

Therefore, do not defame or vilify others. If someone does it to you, you should be pleased. If someone kicks you, press his leg. What Christ has said about presenting the other cheek [if slapped] has meaning. If you love, you cannot slander. So try to love all. If you do it, I myself will believe in you. Otherwise, your coming to me has no meaning. So what is the benefit? It is the luck of you all that you are connected with me.

If you keep all four fingers in front of your eyes, you will not be able to see me. So, how can profound subjects be discussed? Tukaram has said:

“How can I thank the Perfect Master?

He is that one who keeps me alert every moment!”

Consequently, I have been warning you often about backbiting, and I previously had a Life Circular issued about it.

www.lordmeher.org, p5720

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