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Two “Spiritual secrets”

 

To a devotee, Baba once gave  these two “spiritual secrets,” as He called them:

“1. Never to hurt the heart of another, because that is where God resides; and

“2. Always to be grateful, to give thanks to God every day.”

-Vol 14 No 2 P 31 Awakener

Repeated sincere prayers can effect an exit from the inexorable law of Karma

“Through repeated sincere prayers it is possible to effect an exit from the otherwise inexorable working out of the law of karma.
The forgiveness asked from God evokes from Him His inscrutable grace, which alone can give new direction to the inexorable
karmic determination.”

(Beams, p38)

Reincarnation and Karma – The Destiny of the Reincarnating Individual: Game of hide and seek

The actors are so engrossed in their respective roles that they treat them as the be-all and end-all of all existence. For the major part of their continued lives (running into innumerable incarnations), they are unconscious of the closely guarded truth-that the Author of the drama, in His imaginative production, Himself became all the actors and played the game of hide and seek in order to come into full and conscious possession of His own creative infinity. Infinity has to go through the illusion of finitehood to know itself as Infinity; and the Author has to play the parts of all of the actors to know Himself as the Author of this greatest detective story, worked out through the cycles of creation.

–Discourses 7th Ed., p338

[Concluding part in this series]

Reincarnation and Karma – The Destiny of the Reincarnating Individual: Analogy of drama

Raja Gopichand play enacted by Masts at Rahuri

The drama of the continued life of the individual soul has many acts. From the standpoint of the worldly existence of the soul, a curtain may be said to be drawn over its life after the closing of each act. But no act yields its real significance if it is regarded as complete in itself. It has to be viewed from its wider context as being a link between the acts already performed and the acts still to come. Its meaning is entwined with the theme of the whole drama of which it is a part. The end of the act is not the end of the progressive theme. The actors disappear from the stage of earth only to reappear again in new capacities and new contexts.

–Discourses 7th Ed., p338

 

Reincarnation and Karma – The Destiny of the Reincarnating Individual: Culmination of reincarnations

The life of the reincarnating individual has many events and phases. The wheel of life makes its ceaseless rounds, lifting the individual to the heights or bringing him down from high positions. It thus contributes to the enrichment of his experience.

  • Ideals left unattained in one life are pursued further in the next life;
  • things left undone are finished;
  • rough edges left by incomplete endeavor are rounded off;
  • wrongs are eventually set right.

The accounts of give-and-take between persons receive renewed adjustment by the repayment of karmic debts and the recovery of karmic dues. At last, out of the ripeness of experience and through the dissolution of the ego-mind, the soul enters into the sole unity of divine life. In this divine life there is neither the binding of giving nor the binding of taking, because the soul has completely transcended the consciousness of separateness or duality.

–Discourses 7th Ed., p337

Reincarnation and Karma – The Destiny of the Reincarnating Individual: Power behind incarnations is craving

The power that keeps the individual soul bound to the wheel of life and death is its thirst for separate existence, which is a condition for a host of cravings connected with objects and experiences of the world of duality. It is for the fulfillment of cravings that the ego-mind keeps on incarnating itself. When all forms of craving disappear, the impressions that create and enliven the ego-mind disappear. With the disappearance of these impressions, the ego-mind itself is shed, with the result that there is only the realization of the one eternal, unchanging Oversoul, who is the only Reality. God-realization is the end of the incarnations of the ego-mind because it is the end of its very existence. As long as the ego-mind exists in some form, there is an inevitable and irresistible urge for incarnations. When there is cessation of the ego-mind, there is cessation of incarnations in the final fulfillment of Self-realization.

–Discourses 7th Ed., p337

 

Reincarnation and Karma – The Destiny of the Reincarnating Individual: Yoga-bhrashta

From any of the first few planes the aspirant, instead of going forward toward the goal, may have such a setback. In exceptional cases an aspirant of the fourth plane may, through abuse of his powers, invite upon himself such a fall that it takes ages for him to return to his earlier point of progress. The aspirant who has such a fall is known as a yoga-bhrashta. Even the yogis are subject to the unyielding law of karma, which knows no exceptions, concessions, or preferences. It is only when the aspirant has the advantage of the guidance by a Perfect Master that the spiritual journey is rendered safe and steady, and it is only then that there is no possibility of a fall or retrogression. The Master steers the aspirant from negative karma in which he might otherwise become involved.

Treading the spiritual path continues for several incarnations before the aspirant attains the goal. Centuries of continued sacrifices, service, self-purification, suffering, and determined search have to roll on if the aspirant is to be spiritually prepared for the final realization of God. God-realization, which is the goal of the reincarnating individual, is never an attainment of a single life. It is always the culmination of his continued endeavor through many lives. Unintelligent karma of many lives has created the bindings of the individual soul, and it has to be undone by the persistent creation of intelligent and nonbinding karma carried on for many more lives.

–Discourses 7th Ed., p336

Reincarnation and Karma – The Destiny of the Reincarnating Individual: Spiritual progress requires active effort

Spiritual progress requires active effort: As a rule, the person who has entered the spiritual path gradually advances until he attains the goal; this does not apply to those who have not definitely entered the path or have no Master to guide them. Through their chaotic pursuits of several lifetimes, most persons are likely to go further away from the goal by the heaping up of binding sanskaras. Hence spiritual progress cannot be said to be automatic, in the sense that it will come about without the active effort of the person concerned.

Danger of falling back: Sooner or later, however, the logic of experience gathered through several lives drives everyone to enter the path and seek the highest goal. Once the aspirant enters the path, he usually goes forward with steady progress. As he advances on the path, he often develops certain latent capacities that enable him not only to experience consciously the inner subtle and mental worlds but also to manipulate the forces and powers available on the higher planes of consciousness. Yet, the crossing of the first few planes does not necessarily ensure safe and steady progress. There are many pitfalls on the path itself, and unless there is the assured guidance of a Master, the aspirant is in danger of falling back.

–Discourses 7th Ed., p336

Reincarnation and Karma – The Destiny of the Reincarnating Individual: Inviting grace of Master

When the disciple invites the attention and the grace of a Master, it is not without reason. Sometimes the Master seems to impart spirituality to a disciple without there being any apparent effort or sacrifice on the part of the disciple. But these are always cases in which the disciple has earned the right to this favor by his associations and endeavors in past lives. The love and devotion the disciple may have felt for the Master in his past lives have formed a deep connection between him and the Master, so that the awakening of spiritual longing in the disciple has its counterpart in the grace and help that flow to him from the Master. It is through his own past nonbinding karma that a person invites the grace of the Master; just as it is through his own binding karma that he invites upon himself the pleasure and pain, as well as the good and evil, of which he is the recipient in this life.

–Discourses 7th Ed., p335

Reincarnation and Karma – The Destiny of the Reincarnating Individual: Relationship with Master carried on through lifetimes

When the good karma of past lives has secured for the aspirant the benefit of having a Master, the best thing that he can do is to surrender himself to the Master and to serve him. Through surrenderance the aspirant throws the burden of his karma on the Master, who has to find ways and means of freeing him from it. Through serving the Master he wins an opportunity to get clear of his karmic entanglements. The relationship between the Master and the disciple is often carried on from one life to another for several reincarnations. Those who have been connected with a Master in past lives are drawn to him by an unconscious magnetism, not knowing why they are thus drawn. There is usually a long history to the apparently unaccountable devotion that the disciple feels for his Master. The disciple is often beginning where he had left off in the last incarnation.

–Discourses 7th Ed., p335